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Thanksgiving Farm at the Center for Discovery

Name Gregory M York Email [email protected]
    Steward(s) Selected –  –
Training Start Date April 2, 2018 Training End Date March 29, 2019
Steward Training Hours per Week 40-50  
Compensation (Stipend or Wage) Yes If Yes, how much/how often? 12.83/hour paid every two weeks
 
Non-Monetary Compensation and Estimated Value housing; $375/mo., food; $150/mo. local transport; $100/mo.
Name of your Workers’ Compensation Carrier Shelterpoint Life Insurance Co.
Will your Workers’ Compensation policy cover the Steward? Yes
Number of Employees at training location 1600
Number of Interns/Trainees/Apprentices at training location 1 (Pedro)
Annual Revenue $25 Million or More
 

[Phase 1]

Phase Name Spring Greenhouse and field planting
Start Date of Phase April 2, 2018 End Date of Phase June 21, 2018
Primary Supervisor during this phase Greg York Supervisor Title Director of Farm Operations
Email [email protected] Phone Number 8454177590
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Trainee will participate in all aspects of spring greenhouse transplant production for both veg and herb crops. He will also be involved in spring planting in high tunnels as well as in the field. Harvesting will also begin during this phase from the early planted high tunnels as well as from the field. Harvest, post-harvest and delivery to end users will also occur during this phase

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

Efficiency and quality are the emphasis in all part of this year’s training; the trainee is already an experienced grower and will continue to refine his skills in terms of precision, efficiency, and quality control decision-making in the tunnels, the field as well as in post harvest washing, sorting, packing and delivery.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

20+ years of experience as a commercial vegetable grower.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

Transportation will be made available for the trainee to attend/participate in local cultural activities during non-working hours.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

high density planting and relay planting techniques in high tunnels, efficiency planting with mechanical transplanters, pruning and trellising tomatoes and cucumbers in high tunnels, sanitary protocols for post-harvest handling of produce, efficiencies in washing, grading, sorting and packing produce.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

All training will be hands-on, all instruction will be verbal and through demonstration and/or working along-side the trainee

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

The standard will be to keep up with (efficiency) and match the quality standards set for the team of very experienced vegetable farmers that the trainee will be part of.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 2]

Phase Name Summer vegetable and herb production
Start Date of Phase June 21, 2018 End Date of Phase September 21, 2018
Primary Supervisor during this phase Greg York Supervisor Title Director of Farm Operations
Email [email protected] Phone Number 8454177590
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Summer field production of vegetables and herbs and summer production of tomatoes and sweet peppers in high tunnels. Vegetable planting and harvesting is on-going during this phase as is post-harvest processing and delivery to end users.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

To understand how the written production plan is modified and changed due to weather and on-the-ground conditions on a continual basis and the necessity for flexibility and adaptation in real-time in order to continually meet production goals

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

20+ years of experience as a commercial vegetable grower.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

Transportation will be made available for the trainee to attend/participate in local cultural activities during non-working hours.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Pruning, trellising, cultivating for weed control, bed formation, insect and disease scouting in all crops, irrigation techniques, herb harvest, herb drying.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

All training will be hands-on, all instruction will be verbal and through demonstration and/or working along-side the trainee

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

The standard will be to keep up with (efficiency) and match the quality standards set for the team of very experienced vegetable farmers that the trainee will be part of.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 3]

Phase Name Fall vegetable and herb production
Start Date of Phase September 21, 2018 End Date of Phase December 1, 2018
Primary Supervisor during this phase Gregory M York Supervisor Title Director of Farm Operations
Email [email protected] Phone Number 8454177590
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

In this phase, herbal harvesting, drying and processing is peaking and vegetable planting is done with the exception of planting in the tunnels for winter. Vegetable production is in heavy harvest mode, followed by field clean-up, and the apple crop is being harvested at this time as well.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

Determining maturities of vegetables, herbs and apples for harvest, learning how to cure and in what conditions to store herbs, vegetables and fruits, timing of planting of winter tunnels as well as beginning to transition heated greenhouses to winter salad production. Compost application to fields and tunnels, fall cover cropping, making and turning compost for next year.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

20+ years of experience as a commercial vegetable grower.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

Transportation will be made available for the trainee to attend/participate in local cultural activities during non-working hours.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Harvest and cover cropping decision-making in real-time as weather conditions present, the calendar as important driver of winter planting in high tunnels, efficiency in field clean-up to facilitate timely fall cover crop planting. Winterizing farm machinery and equipment.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

All training will be hands-on, all instruction will be verbal and through demonstration and/or working along-side the trainee

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

The standard will be to keep up with (efficiency) and match the quality standards set for the team of very experienced vegetable farmers that the trainee will be part of.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 4]

Phase Name winter in vegetable and herbal production
Start Date of Phase December 1, 2018 End Date of Phase March 29, 2019
Primary Supervisor during this phase Gregory M York Supervisor Title Director of Farm Operations
Email [email protected] Phone Number 8454177590
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Planting and harvesting in high tunnels and in heated greenhouses. Post-havest washing, sorting, grading and packing of fresh and storage produce for delivery to end-users.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

Winter growing in the NE involves a different set of skills and techniques than warm-season field and tunnel production. The main goals are to understand how changes in daylength, diurunal temperatures, soil moisture impact what can be successfully be grown in the ground in a solar high tunnel during our winter. This as compared to the traditional heated greenhouse, which we use to grow salad mix during the winter as well.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

20+ years of experience as a commercial vegetable grower.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

Transportation will be made available for the trainee to attend/participate in local cultural activities during non-working hours.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

water management in winter tunnels and heated greenhouses, use of row covers in winter high tunnels to protect sensitive crops, pest control in winter high tunnels, air circulation and venting in winter high tunnels, greens harvesting techniques for quality and efficiency in heated greenhouses as well as in high tunnels.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

All training will be hands-on, all instruction will be verbal and through demonstration and/or working along-side the trainee

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

The standard will be to keep up with (efficiency) and match the quality standards set for the team of very experienced vegetable farmers that the trainee will be part of.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)