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Delmarva [delaware, maryland, virginia] Biodynamic Permaculture Farm seeks Female Apprentice 2014  RSS feed

 
Stewart Lundy
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Location: Eastern Shore of Virginia, USA, Zone 7b, KeB Bojac Sandy Loam
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Perennial Roots Farm is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated female apprentice to work the upcoming 2014 growing season from mid-April to November. Perennial Roots is a diversified farm that integrates permaculture concepts with biodynamic rhythms and planting. We are located on the eastern shore of Virginia, between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean on the Delmarva Peninsula. Our farm is 15 minutes from the bay and the ocean. We are only a short drive away from beaches for excellent fishing or swimming. Chincoteague Island is close, home of the famous wild ponies.

We use about 40 acres: 15 wooded and 25 arable.

The apprentice will be expected to work collaboratively on group projects, spray biodynamic mixtures, manage compost piles, nurture young animals, slaughter old animals, collect and compost weeds, plant and tend trees, work in the greenhouse and market garden and much more! We are quite diversified and have something to interest everyone and this is also an intense learning experience where you will learn everything from ecology to mushroom cultivation.

A more detailed description of our farm can be found here: www.perennialroots.com We grow exclusively non-GMO heirloom plants. We grow many varieties of tomatoes, lettuce, fruit trees, berries, and more. We raise heritage breed pigs, sheep, geese, ducks, chickens, rabbits, and turkeys.

The schedule varies around the workload and the weather, but generally hours are from dawn until noon or 8 hours labor, whichever comes later. After noon, all time is your own, with the exception of occasional evening sprays and planting. Chores are daily on the farm. Saturdays are market days, but will not be expected to attend every market, so half your weekends will be free. Room and board are provided--Lunch and breakfast are provided Monday through Friday, as well as housing.

The purpose of an apprenticeship is to learn the craft of farming. The biggest and most meaningful compensation is the full-immersion, hands-on education of small scale agriculture. Room and board are offered in exchange, as well as food from our farm including vegetables, eggs and meat. Although we do not include groceries or evening meals, last summer our interns bought no food!

For the upcoming 2014 season, we have 2 full season apprentices and are looking for an additional female apprentice.

If you are interested in applying for a position or have further questions about the apprenticeship commitment, please email food@perennialroots.com
 
Adam Gulliford
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Wow this seems great....yet I am a man.
 
Adam Klaus
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Sounds like a great farm and a great opportunity.

Curious as to why you specify female only? I know that I have spoken with some farmers using interns, who have said that females are much easier to deal with than males. Easier on the eyes too.

I am looking to develop an apprenticeship program myself, so am curious about yours. Thanks, and good luck!
 
Stewart Lundy
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Adam Klaus wrote:Curious as to why you specify female only?


We already have two male interns and one female intern this season, so we're looking to ensure that it's equitable... if the slot is not filled soon enough, we will open it up. We'd like maintain opportunity equally, and only one slot is available. We'll accept applications from anyone, and in case of not finding a suitable first choice, another will be found!
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