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Massachusetts, United States
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About the Placement:
Brief Placement DescriptionCaretaker Farm's mission is to provide nourishment to all who come into contact with the farm. Through connection with the land that grows our food, our community learns about care for each other and the land. Since the early 1970's, Caretaker Farm
Detailed Placement Description
This placement is owned and operated by a family.
Production Acreage : #7
Number of Full-time Employees: 5
Number and Type of livestock: 100 chickens and 4 pigs. There are also 4 bee colonies on the farm that are managed by a local bee keeper.
My farm/organization is : Pesticide Free, We do not spray anything even if it is allowed under the USDA organic certification program. We also do not use any chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or insecticides.
I am an active member of NOFA- Massachusetts.
Educational Activities : We share all of our farm planning materials developed over the winter, provide weekly farm tours for apprentices, share literary resources that support out work, distribute weekly farm management information, teach fall workshops specific to the interests of the apprentices, facilitate monthly feedback sessions on both field work and community life, and provide support as apprentices develop the dreams of their farming future.
We participate in CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training), a seminar and farm visitation program for the apprentices from Caretaker and eleven other farms in the region. The objective of CRAFT is to enable the apprentices to study the diversity of farm design and agricultural technique found within the 12 collaborating farms and to form long-term friendships and a supportive community with their peers.
Caretaker Farm is a family farm. My wife helps out with some of the administrative and educational work with our farm members. She also home schools our two children. Gabriela, age 12, loves to help out in the distributions area. Micah, age 9, is often tagging along with the crew as we move through the fields working during the day.
Farm members are allowed to visit the farm any day but Sunday. So, we see them on the land almost every day.
The farm is a communal space in which apprentices live together in cabins, eat together in an apprentice kitchen and we work together all day.
Primary Production :Vegetables, Tree fruits
About the Internship:
Availability:Full for the Season
hours / week
Training Expectations :
We offer Seasonal training, ideally between April and October.
Our farm/organization strongly prefers the steward who has hands-on production experience with our primary crops.
We seek apprentices who are self motivated; take initiative; are reliable, responsible, and professional; work well with others and individually; have a good sense of humor; appreciate high quality work/products; are excited about living in community with others; possess a deep respect for others and the land; work hard; and are able to lift 55 lbs.
On-Site Training, Steward's primary activities :
35 different types(over 150 varieties) of vegetables and fruits all sold through a 270 family CSA program. All shares are picked up on site.
Climate and Location Description
Average temperature/Typical weather: Northeast Weather. Cold in early April and late October, mild summers with highs in mid 80's and lows in the 50's/60's.
Proximity to nearest town/city: 7 miles from Williamstown (about 10,000 people)
The farm is located in the northwest corner of Massachusetts. Nestled in a picturesque valley, Caretaker Farm covers 34 acres of forest land, meadow, pasture, vegetable fields, two ponds, and is bisected by a meandering stream.
Williamstown, 7 miles away, is a beautiful small college town with restaurants, an independent cinema, co-op market, coffee shop and other various businesses.
The are also numerous hiking and biking opportunities in the area.
Compensation :$600/ month, Free, daily food, Transportation from/to nearest int\\\\\\\'l airport and placement
Accommodations and amenities provided :
Amenities : Internet, Laundry Facilities