Farm Apprentice for 2012 Season
We are currently taking resumes and scheduling interviews for the 2012 growing season. We are looking for a hard-working, reliable and community-oriented individuals who are interested in both animal husbandry and vegetable production. Apprentices will be required to step in whenever our other operations (hay, compost, maple syrup or firewood) need an extra pair of hands. This is a diverse and exciting farm with a lot going on- it is a great opportunity for hands-on experience with both large and small-scale farming operations.
Multi-species livestock operation focuses on pasture management, rotational grazing and humane animal husbandry. We are still building up breeding stock, but we are focusing on heritage breeds such as Belted Galloway cattle, Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs, Clun Forest & Romney sheep and many different breeds of laying hens. We believe firmly in treating our animals with kindness, and work hard to minimize undue stress.
Vegetable operation is managed without the added use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides (in other words, organic). We currently have 6 acres in vegetable cultivation producing vegetables for 145 member CSA, farmstand(sometimes farmers market), and wholesale. We are also have another 4 acres in planted forage crops for our pigs and rotate some of our hay fields through straw crops.
Holiday Brook Farm is situated in the heart of the beautiful Berkshires. It is an oasis on the edge of a bustling New England town and only fifteen minutes from Pittsfield- a city that is revitalizing itself through art and culture. You can see a play, enjoy live music or visit the Berkshire Museum. The Berkshires are a cultural mecca in the summertime- Tanglewood, MassMoca, Shakespeare and Co., and so many more are all within a half hour of the farm. Recreational activities also happen right on the farm: weekly Mountain Bike Races throughout the summer and we are only a mile from the Appalachian Trail (our hiking/biking trails connect to it).
Our farm presents a unique opportunity to participate in a farm that has a small farm feel but with the large farm advantages of lots of space and diversity of landscape. This is the place to work if you want to learn or hone skills in vegetable production, animal management, land conservation, forestry, hay and pasture management and compost production. There is room for grooming independence and confidence.
We are offering a competitve salary (some meals) and housing. Season starts in Mid-March to first week of April and runs to the end of November. Work week is 6 days (we can’t guarantee a week-end day off during haying, but there will be a day off in there at some point). Salary is based on level of experience, we don’t mind if you haven’t worked on a lot of farms before, but we will require that you’ve worked outside during the summer. Accepted applicants should plan on visiting the farm for their final interview, if at all possible.
For more information, please call Desiree or Jesse at 413-684-0444 or e-mail your resume to email@example.com (snail mail to 100 Holiday Cottage Rd. Dalton, MA 01226)