Weavers Way Farms Seeks Apprentices and Interns for 2013 Season
Weavers Way is currently seeking apprentices and interns to work with us on our farming projects in Northwest Philadelphia. The farm sites consist of a 2 acre market farm, and a 2.5 acre CSA. The farms are run through Weavers Way Coop, 5,000 member, community owned market with locations in Mt Airy and Chestnut Hill. Each apprentice and intern will focus their time at one of the two sites. Both positions offer experience with small scale, diversified, organic farming and the opportunity to develop skills in greenhouse production, season extension, pest management, planting, weeding, harvesting, marketing as well as volunteer management. Apprenticeships are 40-55 hours per week, varying with the season; April 2nd to mid November. We offer $5.30/hr (minus taxes), produce from the farms, and a staff discount of 10% at Weavers Way Coop. Optional housing can be arranged with a local host family if desired. Apprentices should have at least one season of prior farming experience. As the season progresses apprentices will be given the opportunity to take on specific responsibilities based on interest. Internships are 40 hours per week, for a period of 3 to 8 months, between April and November. We offer $3.13 /hr (minus taxes), produce from the farms, and a staff discount of 10% at Weavers Way Coop. Optional housing can be arranged with a local host family if desired. Interns should have interest in gaining farming experience. Mort Brooks Memorial Farm The Mort Brooks Memorial farm is located at the Awbury Arboretum. It is a diverse vegetable operation growing over 100 varieties of vegetables, herbs, flowers and berries on 2 acres. Produce from the farm is marketed year round through one farmers market, at the two coop stores and several restaurants in Northwest Philadelphia. The apprentice will work directly with the farm manager and gain experience in growing for farmers markets and marketing to restaurants and stores. The farm provides volunteer opportunities for members of the community. The apprentice and intern will work with and manage coop members who come to volunteer on a daily basis. The site is also a host for the education programs of our affiliated non-profit, Weavers Way Community Programs. Henry Got Crops! CSA “Henry Got Crops!” is co-managed by Weavers Way staff working closely with students and teachers from Saul High School of Agriculture. The farm not only brings food to the community, but also serves as an educational opportunity for students at Saul. It is a 2.5 acre farm, located right on campus, and teachers and their classes come out on a regular basis to learn about and partake in small scale, organic vegetable growing. This is one of the first high school-based CSAs in the country. Apprentice and intern will work closely with the farm manager and gain experience in running a CSA. The site is also a host for the education programs of our affiliated non-profit, Weavers Way Community Programs and the students at Saul High School are very integrated into the operation of the CSA. Both farm sites are great opportunities for hands on experience with production urban farming, yet each offer slightly different learning experiences. We strongly value the idea that farm education happens while farming. This is a work-based learning experience. We expect a firm commitment to the expected hours. If you are specifically looking for experience educating youth about farming, please contact our affiliated non-profit, Weavers Way Community Programs at www.weaversway.coop/index.php?page=wwcp Please visit www.weaversway.coop for more information on our farms and coop. Please send resume, cover letter and three references to Weavers Way Farm, 559 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are accepting applications until midnight on January 13h, 2013. Please indicate which position(s) and which farm site(s) you are applying for. Interviews will be conducted January 28th through February 2nd, with a strong preference given to in-person interviews. Qualifications: Some prior experience in gardening or agriculture preferred, more is required for the apprenticeship than the internship. Must be at least 18 years old, or have previous volunteer experience with Weavers Way Farms. Must have a good sense of humor, strong work ethic and willingness to get dirty as well as an ability and desire to work with and supervise volunteers of all ages and abilities. You should be able to work under adverse conditions (heat, humidity, cold, rain) and be able to lift 50 lbs, preferably at the same time.
April 02, 2013
Apprentice: $5.30/h - Interns: #.3.13/h
2012-12-14 04:20:40 UTC
2012-12-14 04:20:40 UTC