Paid Intern/Apprentice

Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm

About the organization

The Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm is world-renowned. True to the CSA model. The first CSA is New Jersey and one of the oldest and most respected CSAs in the country. Our community shares the bounty AND the risk of producing our food with the farmers. Pure, clean, delicious, nutritious food grown with biodynamic principles and lots of love—but without chemicals.

Our CSA biodynamically manages more than 125 acres on farmland (under Farmland Preservation) in northwestern New Jersey near the Delaware Water Gap. There are 20 acres in production, which includes vegetables, berries, fruits, flowers and grain.

You don’t just join a CSA when you join our farm; you join our family.

Duties

The season begins with sowing seeds into flats in the greenhouse and pruning outdoors. The focus then turns to the outside work of seeding into the ground, weeding, maintaining crops, and harvesting crops. Each apprentice takes on a crop and follows it from seed to harvest. Other opportunities include involvement in Farm Camp, school groups, workshops, and leading volunteers. By October, the work begins to shift. At this time we begin a 6-week book study. We choose a book related to agriculture and gather together for an hour each week to discuss the readings. This hour is filled with good conversation and reflection. It’s always a great wrap-up to the season.

Apprentices will learn:

– Basics of crop rotation
– Basics of cover-cropping
– Basic understanding of field maps
– Familiarity with record keeping
– Seed saving – collecting, cleaning, and storing

– Take ownership of harvesting a certain crop and learn how to harvest from it over a period of time
– An understanding of the concept of CSA
– How to create a well-rounded share for the members
– Opportunities with outreach, if interested
– Cooking with seasonal vegetables, preservation and root cellaring
– Become familiar with the bio-dynamic preparations
– Basic pruning skills
– Insect control
– General maintenance involving tools, fences, greenhouses, etc.

Qualifications

Applicants for the Apprenticeship Program should be seeking a hands-on learning experience on a production-oriented farm. Good physical condition and pleasant attitude are required. Candidates should have a willingness to learn organic, sustainable, and biodynamic farming methods. We offer apprentices their own room and board, stipend, shared lunches, educational opportunities, and involvement in farm events in exchange for 50 hours of work per week. Apprenticeship housing is in an old farmhouse on the farm.

Salary

$250 per week + room, board, and veggies!

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Interested individuals should send a resume and a letter outlining goals and interests in agriculture via email/mail to:

[email protected]
Attn: Tim Metcalf
Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm
41B Silver Lake Rd
Blairstown NJ 07825

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