Farm Apprenticeships in 2015
Maine Coast Heritage Trust is excited to announce two 9-month long farm apprenticeships in 2015 at two farm preserves in Rockport, Maine. In the past, both properties hosted summer interns to assist with farm and outreach efforts. With the 2015 apprenticeships, the farms will be able to offer further training and a more holistic approach to farming to the new farmers than what a short summer internship could provide.
One apprenticeship focuses on raising beef cattle at Aldermere Farm and the other centers on growing organically raised vegetables at Erickson Fields Preserve. The Aldermere Farm position will allow the apprentice to experience all facets of managing a world-class herd of registered Belted Galloway beef cattle while the Erickson position will engage in the planning and production related to an extensive vegetable growing operation utilizing local teens and volunteers to provide fresh vegetables to food pantries, schools and other markets.
Along with each of their main farm related tasks, both apprentices will assist in implementing youth and adult programs and events at the sites based on sustainable agriculture outreach efforts. There is also opportunity for the two apprentices to assist each other, thus diversifying their overall experience. The apprenticeships are paid opportunities and include shared housing, training, and supervision, but previous farming experience and experience educating youth and/or adults is preferred for those interested in applying.
Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields Preserve are two working farms and agriculture education centers owned and managed by Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT). Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Apprenticeship Program is working with MCHT on these apprenticeships to help with recruitment support and to provide additional farmer trainings and networking opportunities for the new apprentices.
Interested applicants should review the farm listings and apply through the MOFGA Apprenticeship Program application process at their website at www.MOFGA.org (see the “Programs” page). Listing are under Knox County and the codes are #KNX-26 (Aldermere) & #KNX-27 (Erickson). Deadline for applications is January 22 and the start date for work is March 1. Please contact MOFGA with any questions involving the application at mofgamofgaorg (mofgamofgaorg) or 207-568-4142. Direct any apprenticeship questions or to request more information about the apprenticeships to Aldermere Farm at spostmchtorg (spostmchtorg) or 207-236-2739.