Apprenticeship

Annually, the Plough & Stars Project seeks out one hardworking, high-energy, passionate apprentice to join our farm team. Our apprentice will work alongside Erik, the head grower, and contribute to all of the farm’s daily operations, including greenhouse management, field production, harvest and marketing. Through this traditional, working apprenticeship, you will gain hands-on skills, knowledge, professional work-experience and relationships to help prepare you for the next step in your farming career.  And bring your camera!  We’re former photojournalists and there may even be time for the occasional photography lesson.

The Plough & Stars Project is a two-acre CSA operation using organic practices to produce more than 40 types of vegetables for a committed community of members in Medford Hillside and West Somerville.  Our farm is located in beautiful Minuteman National Park in Lincoln, MA.

In our apprentice we are seeking a willingness to problem solve and think critically, eagerness to get dirty in all kinds of weather, an aptitude for physically demanding work, careful attention to detail, a sense of humor, and a desire to work at increasing efficiency and effectiveness in farm tasks. We prefer applicants who are interested in pursuing a career in agriculture. One season of farming experience is preferred, but not required.

The apprentice position is seasonal, in May and extending through mid October. On-farm hours are flexible and range from 15-25 hours per week, plus optional bi-monthly educational opportunities.

Responsibilities include:  ·

  • Assisting the farmers in all aspects of vegetable production and fieldwork, including: greenhouse work, soil and field prep, tillage and cultivation, harvest, and CSA distribution.   ·
  • Interacting with the public, including CSA members and volunteers.   ·
  • Being an active, creative and enthusiastic member of a cooperative farm team.

Apprentice Training:

  • Participation in bi-weekly EMass CRAFT farm-tours (visit www.emasscraft.org for details)
  • On-farm training sessions on practical farming topics, including crop-planning, field-planning, marketing, soil fertility, pest and disease management, irrigation, etc.
  • Regular field-walks to learn from the fields and crops themselves

Interested?  Please send a letter of interest through our contact page and we’ll be in touch.