BDA Farm comprises 6000 acres of USDA certified Organic land. Much of that acreage is in Grassfed proteins. The market garden beholds 10 acres. We are the largest no-till diverse market garden in the southeast. We currently have 7 acres in active production and sell that produce through farmers markets(Pepper Place and River market), restaurants (15 different places in Birmingham), and our CSA program (currently around 50 members).
Our number one philosophy to growing food is first growing microbes. We then focus on creating an ecosystem (our growing beds) where those microbes can thrive. We DO NOT TILL THE SOIL!
Ends: December 2019, longer opportunities, including salaried positions are available
Compensation: $2000/month plus free housing in a comfy one bedroom, private apartment 1 minute from our growing area. Wifi included and electricity included. All the veggies you can eat. Allotment of eggs.
We are looking for an extremely motivated individual to apprentice for the 2019 season. Our apprentice program is very demanding, as apprentices usually work 50-60 hours in any given week. Our apprentices quickly learn our philosophy and method for: planting, harvesting, tractor work, learning to drive a skid steer, crop planning, seed starting, direct seeding, and much more.
We work really hard in a great atmosphere with other hard working people all learning to grow food in a truly sustainable way, not simply calling ourselves organic. We do not yell, criticize, or guilt employees over mistakes. We expect mistakes, as that is a requirement for learning. We only ask that apprentices stay motivated and AWARE so that mistakes imprint lifelong lessons. We work hard but we have a lot of fun doing it and we always keep an educational, fun-loving atmosphere. Our expectations from our apprentices is equivalent to what we give to our apprentices. We pass on every bit of accumulated knowledge about our growing methods. We also foster an environment where questions and suggestions are encouraged, and open communication is a norm.
We say respectfully: If you are not obsessed and chomping at the bit to learn how to grow food; if you are not willing to sweat and feel uncomfortable for months before you acclimate; if you are unsure about living in the middle of nowhere and spending most of that time working toward learning this awesome trade; if you are unsure if agriculture is what you want to do, please do not apply. This job is really, really hard and we have found that those that are obsessed do best. We do not require experience, just a passion for food.
This Apprenticeship runs until December. Longer term job opportunities are present for dedicated individuals. We are also looking for a perfect individual to take on much more leadership and responsibility with the market garden. If the fit is right, that individual could easily be a salaried employee with benefits.
Apprentices can expect an approximate schedule like one below:
Monday: 7am - 5 pm (We always break for at least an hour - sometimes more on hot days)
Tuesday: 6am - 5 pm (big harvest day for deliveries)
Wednesday: 6 am - 6 pm (we take turns delivering to Bham)
Thursday: 6 am - 5 pm (big planting and plant maintenance day)
Friday: 6 am - 5 pm (harvest for two markets and deliveries)
Saturday: 3:45 am - 2 pm. (We take turns doing markets - sometimes this day is shorter or longer)
this position is PAID: salaried, less than 50k
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