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Floyd County Farm looking for apprentice

Weathertop Farm LLC
Published
March 11, 2020
Location
Check, Virginia
Type of farm?
Livestock (All Animals)
Start Date
2020/04/15
End Date
2020/11/30
Work Schedule
8 hours/day, 6 days/week
Compensation
$600/month stipend. Housing provided plus some meals
Housing Available
Yes
Housing Location
On Farm
Meals Provided
Yes
Which Meals
Lunch
Application Parameters
Must be Single
Positions Available
1
Tag Words
Butchering On Farm, Chicken, Composting, Direct Market, Dogs, Ducks, Eggs, Grass, Holistic, Livestock, Multi-species, Non-GMO, Pastured, Poultry, Sheep, Swine, Turkey

Description

Description

Weathertop Farm is a small 62-acre family-owned and operated farm located in scenic Floyd County, VA. Established in 2003, the mission of Weathertop Farm is to be economically, socially & environmentally responsible while providing a healthy alternative to industrial meat.

We are dedicated to holistic regenerative agriculture through multi-species rotational grazing and intensive management. No antibiotics or hormones are used, and all livestock eat from pasture that is free of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers. Our diverse business includes raising and selling pastured chickens, eggs, pigs, turkeys, ducks and lamb.

Location Specifics

We are located in Floyd County, just a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, and 14 miles from the town of Floyd, renowned for a thriving artist, music, and local food scene, and about a 45 minute drive from both Roanoke and Blacksburg.

Position Description

Weathertop Farm accepts several apprentices each year for the duration of our April - November season. We're looking for folks interested and passionate about preserving sustainable agriculture systems within our local food-shed communities. Apprentices must be ready to work hard doing manual labor in all kinds of weather. We expect apprentices to put in approximately 40-50 hours a week on average, sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on the season & farm schedule. You can expect to work alongside the farmers for some tasks, and independently for others. We value our diverse team and enjoy working together through long tough days as well as eating & laughing together.

Our farm encompasses a diverse multi-generational community of family, friends, neighbors & visitors, from grandparents down to young children, all of whom participate with the farm at various times and in varying degrees, so patience, flexibility and understanding are a must. We care a great deal about our farm community and value diversity, inclusiveness and equality and welcome anyone who is kind and conscientious to join our team.

Education Potential

You can expect to learn about the nitty-gritty details of raising animals first-hand, and what the daily work is like on a farm as well as the bigger picture of how we plan for the year and how a pasture-based system operates. You can expect a lot of time from us for conversations about farming and related issues, and ample opportunity to ask whatever questions you have. Through this experience you can gain an understanding of the daily ups and downs and ins and outs of a farming season, and because of the diverse range of tasks we require help with (from raising animals to butchering to sales & marketing) we hope you would gain an understanding of how the diverse multi-species grazing operation of our farm is integrated into one business and functions as a whole. When possible we will do our best to cater to individual preference and teach you more about whatever interests you the most.

In addition to daily hands-on learning experiences we have begun having informal classes once/week (except during peak season) which involve various readings & discussions related to food, farming, climate, soil, food policy & many other related topics.

Food Provided

We like to have group farm lunches every day. You will have use of products raised on the farm: eggs, chicken, pork, etc. We have a small personal garden, and what we raise we share.

Expectations

No previous farming experience necessary, but these are qualities we're looking for:
-a positive attitude
-willingness to try new things
-enthusiasm & flexibility
-commitment
-personal initiative
-cooperation for working with others
-ability to follow directions
-ability to do manual labor
-ability to repeatedly handle & lift 50 lb feed sacks.
-basic carpentry or mechanical skills are a plus but not required
-good people-person, comfortable in a sales setting interacting with customers.
-no smoking, no drugs
-not being distracted by personal technology (cell phone, etc) during the workday.
-Commitment to the whole season from April through end of November.
-Having your own vehicle is a plus, though not required (no public transportation available)

Time off:
one weekend day per week (varies based on apprentice needs), additional afternoon possible.
several vacation days allowed per season as long as it is arranged in advance with farm schedule.

Work will include but is not limited to:
-Daily care of animals (morning & afternoon)
-Collecting & cleaning eggs
-Daily portable-fence moving
-Daily pasture-pen moving
-Handling animal feed in 50-lb sacks on a daily basis
-On-farm poultry processing (on average once-twice/week)
-Occasional building projects
-Deliveries
-Farmers markets
-On-farm sales

Application Process

Please read through all relevant information on our website (weathertopfarm.com) so you are familiar with our farm and what is involved in the apprenticeship.

You can find full details of the apprenticeship as well as the application here: http://www.weathertopfarm.com/apprenticeship

Submit an application along with resume to info@weathertopfarm.com

In addition to the written application, whenever possible, we will require an in-person visit, (which could be an overnight or weekend stay if needed). If not possible then we require a Skype interview.

Please contact us at info@weathertopfarm.com with any questions

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