Apprenticeship Opportunity at Local Organic Farm

The Plough & Stars Project seeks out hardworking, high-energy, passionate volunteers to supplement our farm team. Our volunteers work alongside Erik, the head grower, and contribute to all of the farm’s daily operations, including greenhouse management, field production, harvest and marketing. Through this traditional, working apprenticeship, you will gain hands-on skills, knowledge, professional work-experience and relationships to help prepare you for a possible next step in a farming career.  And bring your camera!  We’re former photojournalists and there may even be time for the occasional photography lesson.

In our volunteers we are seeking a willingness to problem solve and think critically, eagerness to get dirty in all kinds of weather, an aptitude for physically demanding work, careful attention to detail, a sense of humor, and a desire to work at increasing efficiency and effectiveness in farm tasks. We prefer applicants who are interested in pursuing a career in agriculture. One season of farming experience is ideal, but not required.

Volunteer positions are seasonal from May and extending through late October. On-farm hours are flexible and can range from 4-20 hours per week, plus optional bi-monthly educational opportunities.  Transportation from the Medford Hillside neighborhood and surrounding areas can be arranged.  

Responsibilities include: 
• Assisting the farmers in all aspects of vegetable production and fieldwork, including: greenhouse work, soil and field prep, tillage and cultivation, harvest, and CSA distribution.   ·
• Being a liaison between our farm and the Community Cupboard, where we donate our surplus produce.
• Assisting with CSA distributions and interacting with the public, including CSA members and volunteers.
• Being an active, creative and enthusiastic member of a cooperative farm team.

Optional Additional Training:
• Participation in bi-weekly EMass CRAFT farm-tours (visit www.emasscraft.org for details)
• On-farm training sessions on practical farming topics, including crop-planning, field-planning, marketing, soil fertility, pest and disease management, irrigation, etc.
• Regular field-walks to learn from the fields and crops themselves

Click here to apply for the Plough and Stars Apprentice Program!