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This job expired on March 13, 2018

Meat Farm Apprenticeship The GOOD Farm

  • Date Posted January 12, 2018
  • Location Vineyard Haven - Martha's Vineyard, MA
  • Category Agriculture / Culinary
  • Job Type Internship/Apprentice
Company Description The GOOD Farm is a diversified meat farm on Martha's Vineyard. In our 8th season, we will be raising broiler chickens, turkeys, ducks, guinea fowl, geese and hogs. This position is for work during the height of the season - from May until early September when we will have several thousand chickens that are brooded, raised on pasture, moved daily and slaughtered on farm. Over the course of 3-4 months we will explain and show all aspects of the farm. We are a small farm with a tight knit crew that really values passing on knowledge and helping to move the farming community forward. We have a permaculture approach to site planning and the farm has multiple fruit and nut plantings. We sell products to restaurants, at a local farmers market, and to our farmstand, the Larder.

The Larder is a collaboration between the Scottish Bakehouse and the GOOD Farm on Martha's Vineyard. With a farmstand/market fronting the establishment and a shared commercial kitchen occupying the back, The Larder strives to connect consumers, food makers and farms by retailing fresh, cured and fermented products from Martha's Vineyard and beyond. We have multiple food enterprises operating out of the commercial kitchen space and after a successful first season the Larder is looking to expand our offerings and move more of our production in house. Veggie pickling and fermenting, meat curing, smoking and butchering and weekly pop ups mark some of the highlights we're looking to expand upon this season. Job Description This apprenticeship takes place during the height of the summer season on Martha's Vineyard. The apprenticeship covers 5 and a half days/week or about 50 hours/week. An average week will include daily animal chores, receiving chicks, working with both the farm manager and the farm owner, moving feed, animals and equipment around, working at our weekly farmers market and processing chickens. This apprenticeship includes working on a slaughter crew of about 7 people who process 300+ chickens in a day once per week during this stretch of the summer. We are looking for self starting individuals who are familiar with taking instruction, giving feedback and working autonomously on projects they've been prepared to tackle. Educational opportunities off farm will be available based off apprentice's interest and as time allows.

Ideal candidates will have some farm experience, familiarity with the rigors of daily heavy lifting and a curiosity about carbon sequestration, long term plantings and animal husbandry on the whole. If the season goes well there is room for advancement this season or next for a longer term position.

The position runs from May until September with some flexibility on starting and finishing dates.

This position includes housing, a food stipend and a weekly stipend of $200/week the first month, $250/week the following months. Compensation this position is PAID: stipend How to apply
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