During my stay at Barr Farms, I experienced a summer filled with learning, laughs, and love. Learning not only about plants and animals but about markets and costs. Laughing with everyone while completing the task at hand and all while developing a love for land, and a love for community. --Andrew Hockenberry, current full-time farmer
Now seeking apprentice applications for 2017!!
Each year, we host two apprentices to live and work on the farm, to learn about small scale family farming, and share their knowledge and skills. See below, and our posting on ATTRA for more information about apprenticeships.
We are looking for someone who is energetic and enthusiastic about farming, food and community. Apprentices will share in all tasks and chores related to all farming activities, and will work alongside us to leave the opportunity for questions and discussions. We are excited to learn and grow together.
Our apprenticeship typically starts around the middle of March or beginning of April, and runs through the season until October or November. We prefer a three month minimum stay, for the best learning experience.
We look for someone who is a hard worker, a good communicator, positive-minded and open-hearted. Apprentices can both learn and teach, and share in the work load of the entire farm. Experience is desirable, but a willing heart is more important.
We have a community house available for apprentices with full kitchen, bath, 3 furnished bedrooms, washer & dryer, living room and library. (We have developed quite a farm library over the years). We also have a travel trailer available for shorter-term volunteers. We provide plenty of food from the farm: veggies, meat and eggs. Breakfast is on your own. Lunch is typically a shared meal that we take turns preparing, and dinner will either be shared or on your own.
Education is important to us, and we typically discuss the work, readings and ideas as we work alongside each other, and also over community meals. Long days of work are a given, but there will be plenty of time to discuss farming techniques, politics, social movements, CSA start-up, farm finances, business planning, etc, either while we work or while we eat or while we rest. Learning field trips to other farms through an extensive local network is possible. As farmers, we are learning all the time.
We are excited to make this experience as educational as you would like. Our hope is that apprentices will leave our farm one-step closer to working the land themselves.