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Posted: Tue, November 23, 2021

$2500/month Horsham job

Phone Number: 7818541409

Email: kirstie@pennypackfarm.org

About Our Apprenticeship Program

Our Farmer Apprenticeship Program is designed to provide the necessary training to those wishing to pursue organic/sustainable farming as a livelihood, and graduates of the apprenticeship have the necessary skills to manage a farm. This season will mark our eleventh class of apprentices. Many of our graduates have continued on to successful careers in agriculture with some moving into management positions on other farms.

Apprentices participate in all aspects of the farming operation over the course of two summer seasons and one winter season. As an important part of the farm crew, apprentices work in all aspects of our farming operation including crop planning, planting, growing, organic pest and weed control, irrigation, and harvesting. Apprentices also receive extensive tractor training including bed prep, cultivation, tractor repair, and maintenance. In the winter, there is additional focus on operations like crop planning, seed and supply orders, marketing strategies, and planning improvements to our farming systems. In addition to hands-on work, we have developed a supplemental curriculum with readings and more formal learning sessions throughout the program. These topics include irrigation, weed management, soil health, cover cropping, and a deep dive with three seminars about the control of insect pests and crop diseases.

During their second year, apprentices take on more responsibility and develop their management skills through leadership opportunities. The second year apprentice oversees our robust donation giving program, coordinating produce pickups and packing the produce for our food pantry partners. We also facilitate our second-year apprentices in building their knowledge of ‘big picture’ farm operations. In this year apprentices learn to consider the needs of crops as they are growing and the important deadlines of turning over crops throughout the season.

Compensation and Benefits:

Compensation is a stipend of $2,500 per month (paid twice a month) with an increase in January of the second year, and an incentive payment on farmer’s market sales.
Benefits also include weekly seasonal produce, paid time off, a $125 annual gear / clothing reimbursement, and attendance at the annual PASA conference.
On-the-job training with a comprehensive supplemental curriculum.

Job Details & Requirements:

Ideal candidates have at least one season of farming experience and have the desire and aspiration to acquire the necessary skills and experience to pursue a career in organic agriculture. Farming is by nature very demanding physically and mentally, and candidates should be invested in pursuing a farming lifestyle. Candidates must be comfortable working long hours in all types of weather. Weekend work is expected.

Expectations:

In our main season of farming (April – November) our farm crew works Monday-Friday 7 AM – 5 PM with an hour for lunch (on average 45-55 working hours per week not including lunch hours).

In late November to March, farm crew works Monday-Friday 8 AM – 4 PM (on average 35-40 working hours per week not including lunch hours).

Weekend duties rotate among farm staff throughout the year:

​During the Main Season (April-November): A half-day of farm tasks on Saturday mornings (7:30-11:30am), or attending Saturday morning farmers’ market, and a.m./p.m. watering duties on both Saturday and Sunday (about 1 hour of work each day). Apprentices are usually involved in one or more of these duties 2 to 3 weekends a month, though this fluctuates seasonally.

During the Winter Season (November-March): On some weekends, apprentices will help maintain winter crops on Saturday and Sunday mornings (9-10 AM) and afternoons (3:30-4:30 PM) weather depending.

– Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and kneel, walk, bend, for long periods of time
– Must be willing to work in all weather conditions
– Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation: Employees will be driving tractors, farm vehicles on supply runs, and taking produce to farmer’s market weekly in farm vehicles.
– Must pass a criminal background check and child abuse clearance.

The farm is located in Horsham, PA, about 45 minutes by car from Philadelphia. Unfortunately there is no easy public transit and having your own transportation is strongly recommended.

TO APPLY:
If you are interested in applying for PFEC’s Apprentice Program, please email Farm Manager Kirstie Jones at jobs@pennypackfarm.org and include:
Subject line: Apprenticeship Application
Your resume
Cover letter answering the following questions:
​Why has sustainable agriculture piqued your interest?
Why Pennypack Farm’s apprenticeship?
Tell us about any relevant experience.
How do you think spending 20 months at Pennypack Farm will affect your future?
What will you bring to the apprenticeship?
Anything more we should know about you? Any interesting talents, hobbies?

No phone calls please.
Pennypack Farm is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. PFEC encourages women, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ applicants. PFEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected factor.