Why do we have an Apprenticeship Program?
Learning about agriculture has been a tradition ever since humans began to domesticate animals, plants and the landscape around us. Rarely has that educational practice happened solely in the classroom. Throughout history, farmers learned by working alongside their elders and by participating in agriculturally based communities.
In the present day, only about 2% of the American population has any connection to a farm. At the same time, the Community Supported Agriculture ("CSA") movement is growing by leaps and bounds, farmers' markets are essential parts of the urban experience, and almost everyone supports the local food movement. We at Liberty Farms are trying to do our part, through an intensive and educational Apprenticeship Program, to offer an opportunity to explore and learn about all aspects of farming, from daily chores to seasonal overviews and discussions of managerial decisions.
Apprentices each have their own room in a shared apartment with a kitchen and bathroom.
Apprentices are responsible for cooking their own meals. Some staples will be provided.
Once a month or so, the whole farm team will have pot luck dinners together.
Farm food in season is available to apprentices and interns. Please note, the field harvest season begins with salad greens in late May. Meat is available when the supply is plentiful.
Apprentices do not need to pay for rent or utility bills.
Full season farm apprentices are paid a monthly stipend.
Apprentices are responsible for paying their own personal bills, such as car insurance, gas, cell phones, health insurance, non-farm provided food, farm gear, etc.
Having a car is recommended, not for farm work, but for cultural and social outings and for personal errands. Liberty Farms is in the middle of Columbia County, NY, with many other farms and activities nearby, but there is no public transportation, and there is no farm car available for personal use.
Please email@example.com for more information or to apply.
What if I would like to apply but for a period other than the full season, March to Thanksgiving?
Requests for shorter term Apprentices will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Full season stays are preferred.
We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 Farm season. Liberty Farms is a 300 acre NOFA-NY certified Organic, socially responsible, family owned farm in the heart of the Hudson Valley, 2 hours North of NYC.
Organic Farming/Gardening APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM