Brookfield Farm Apprentice Program


Brookfield Farm is a living learning center and becoming an apprentice provides a comprehensive experience of our farm, from the inside out. Apprentices work in all aspects of the farm's production, from soil preparation to harvest, from tractors to hand hoes, from administration to marketing farm products. During the course of the full season, apprentices are given the information and time to learn the essential skills needed to manage a mixed organic/biodynamic farm on their own. In return apprentices are expected to give their labor for the daily working of the farm.

This is a management training position - if you are looking to learn how to manage a farm, not just how to "go out and hoe," this is the place for you.

The apprenticeship program is a project of the Biodynamic Farmland Conservation Trust, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation that also owns and operates Brookfield Farm. The Trusts' mission is to promote a wider adoption of ecologically based sustainable agriculture techniques, primarily by training farmers. We offer apprenticeships to those people who have demonstrated an interest and shown dedication to being students and practitioners of sustainable agriculture.

The work schedule is Monday through Friday, 6am - 5pm (with one hour breaks for breakfast and lunch) and Saturdays until noon. All apprentices also take part in a rotating chore schedule, with responsibilities one weekend out of three. The apprenticeship begins April 1 and concludes the day before Thanksgiving (no partial season apprenticeships are possible). A stipend of $750/mo (starting), housing, farm produce, weekday lunches at the farmhouse, and full health insurance are provided. In addition, all apprentices may take part in the CRAFT program, which offers visits to a wide variety of organic and biodynamic farms in the Northeast for in-depth tours. At these visits apprentices from all participating farms will gather and have a chance to be introduced to different techniques from market gardeners, CSA growers, dairy farmers, and orchardists. There is also a wide array of relevant resources in the immediate area including an agricultural university, the New England Small-Farm Institute (with an excellent alternative agriculture library), as well as many working farms.

Anyone with a serious interest in agriculture and the physical ability to work the long hours of a farming schedule will be considered. To apply for 2016, send a letter of intent and a resume to Brookfield Farm via email  (or snail mail - Brookfield Farm, PO Box 227, Amherst MA 01004) sometime after June of 2015. All interested applicants are encouraged to set up a time to visit and work on the farm. All hiring decisions will be made on a first come, first serve basis.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability and familial status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800)795-3272 (voice) or (202)720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider employer, and lender. 

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