Cheesemaking Apprentices Cricket Creek Farm
- Date Posted June 25, 2020
- Location Williamstown, MA
- Category Agriculture / Culinary
- Job type Full-Time
Located in the beautiful Berkshire foothills of Western Massachusetts, our farm milks between 30-40 grass-fed cows throughout the year. Our mixed herd (primarily Jersey and Brown Swiss) is rotationally grazed on 200 acres of pasture during the summer, and fed local hay in the winter. We also raise a few grass-fed beef cattle and whey-fed pigs. The health and welfare of our animals, as well as of the land, are of primary importance to us.
We have shifted to a seasonal calving system creating greater seasonality in the work. Spring and summer are the busiest times with calving, hay making and numerous farmer’s markets.
We are located in Williamstown, Massachusetts – a small college town in the northern Berkshires. Williamstown has a great independent movie theater, the Clark Art museum, a wonderful theater festival in the summertime and several great restaurants. We are surrounded by preserved land with many hiking trails. Nearby is Mass MOCA, Tanglewood, and many lovely small towns. Williamstown is 3 hours from Boston and 3 1/2 hours from New York City.
Cricket Creek Farm is a small grass-based dairy in Western Massachusetts. We make seven award-winning cheeses from the milk of our herd of Brown Swiss, Jersey, and Milking Devon-cross cows. We bottle raw milk which we sell from our small self-serve farm store, along with our own grass-fed beef and whey-fed pork, our cheeses and a variety of other local and regional products.
All apprentices must have good people skills and enjoy interacting with the public. We’re looking for apprentices who are excited about taking on significant responsibility. All apprentices will be attending weekly farmers markets and occasionally making deliveries and helping with general farm maintenance. All apprentices work 5-6 days per week. We are looking for self-motivated people who are interested in learning through hard work.
Every person who works here has an individualized schedule that they follow each day, whether working on the farm or in the creamery. The tasks in the creamery are very structured as we follow the same rigid production schedule each week.
If you have any doubts about your ability or enthusiasm for working long days, this position is not for you. The people who fit in best here are those who enjoy a long day of work, who find farm tasks to occupy any down time, and who are highly self-directed and motivated.
Length of commitment: We look for a full year commitment from all apprentice applicants
Details: $500/month to begin, increasing quarterly up to $1000/month for the final quarter. Unlimited raw milk and cheese, 20% discount on all other store items. Constant formal and informal learning/educational opportunities throughout the apprenticeship. Application instructions