We are now accepting applications for the 2019 farm season. Apprentices will gain experience in all aspects of vegetable production and 100+ laying hen operation. Other livestock opportunities may be arranged based on interest and experience level. Apprenticeships run from April 1st through November 1st. A full-season commitment is required. Preference is given to folks with 1-2 seasons of hands-on farm experience.
Farm tasks include, but are not limited to:
Helping with the CSA distribution and farmstand sales
Setting up and running irrigation
Weeding and cultivation
Washing and packing produce
Leading WWOOFers and other farm volunteers in field tasks
Helping with various activities of the non-profit, including concerts and fundraising events
Applicants must be self-motivated with strong communication skills and demonstrated leadership abilities. A positive attitude and willingness to work and live well with others is a must. Must be able to lift 50lbs.
In the beginning of the season, the 40-hour workweek is Monday-Friday, shifting to Tuesday-Saturday in June through the end of the season. Additional weekend duties will rotate amongst all full-season crew.
Pay is hourly. Housing is provided as well as access to vegetables plus a weekly food stipend.
Most of the learning will be hands-on and/or self-directed. There will also be some organized educational opportunities both on-farm and in conjunction with other local/regional farms, including a grass-fed beef operation that is currently leasing a portion of our property.
Apprentices and WWOOFers (up to a total of 7) are housed in the historic Manor House with options available for tenting. Bedrooms are shared (2 or 3 per room). Toilets, electric and wifi are available at the house while a modern kitchen, laundry and shower facility is a short walk away. Meals are eaten together, and cooking and cleaning responsibilities are shared. A comfort level with a communal living environment is essential.
Active participation in community events as well as Manor-sponsored cultural events is strongly encouraged. Concerts, worksongs, contradance and fundraiser benefits are a few of the activities apprentices will be involved with.
All interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
LONG-TERM VOLUNTEERING ON THE FARM (WWOOFing)
Long-term volunteers work alongside the field crew roughly four 8-hour days per week. Daily activities include seeding, bed preparation, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, washing, packing, animal chores, construction projects, farmstand work, farm-based education, etc. The work is hard, but also highly educational and rewarding. Volunteers need not have farm experience, but must be enthusiastic about growing food.
We ask a minimum of one month commitment and prefer at least two months. We are able to accommodate live-in volunteers from April through the end of October.
Food, housing and kitchen and bath amenities are included in WWOOF experience. Tenting is also an option.
Evening and weekend activities include fishing, swimming (sandy beaches located within 1 mile), hiking, music making and attending various organization sponsored events.
During the week, we share all meals and rotate cooking responsibilities. Vegetarian and vegan diets are accommodated.
Children and pets are not allowed.
Public transportation is available from Manhattan, Boston and New London, CT, to Greenport, NY, which is just a short ferry ride away from Shelter Island.
We are currently accepting applications for the 2019 season. If you are interested in WWOOFing, please apply using the form below.
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