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This job expired on June 20, 2017

Farm Apprentice-Full Season Chestnut Hill Farm

  • Date Posted April 21, 2017
  • Location Southborough, MA
  • Category Agriculture
  • Job Type Internship/Apprentice
Company Description Chestnut Hill Farm is a CSA farm on a beautiful gem-of-a-property outside of Framingham, MA. It is a myriad of crop fields, pastures, rolling hills, and woods on 130 acres. Located in Southborough, MA the farm is only a few minutes away from the commuter rail to Boston, Hopkinton State Park and all the hustle and bustle of the growing towns of Westborough, Northborough and Marlborough. As a farm we are continuing to grow and build systems from the ground up as we expand from the ground up to create a community farm with an active CSA, farmstore and engagement program. Under the leadership of a dynamic and experienced grower, the season will provide a unique learning experience for apprentices, as you will be a part of a growing farm operation still in its infancy. We have a small orchard, a few chickens and our farmer has a herd of charismatic dairy goats that rotationally graze around the farm. Our apprenticeship is a well rounded experience for anyone interested in diverse farming opportunities.


About the Trustees:
we areĀ an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 60,000 acres, including 26,000+ acres on 116 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 50,000 members.

Job Description We are seeking people who are excited about sustainable farming and eager to take on the wide-range of responsibilities associated with running a physically demanding ,fast-paced, public and busy production farm. This includes assisting with all aspects of crop production, greenhouse work, field prep and tillage, hand and tractor cultivation (we will train you!), transplanting, harvest and distribution and working with groups and volunteers of all ages. You will also be expected to participate in and help facilitate small and large farm events throughout the season from 'Meet the Farmer' to our Fall Festival!

Ideal Qualifications:
You are responsible, flexible and personable, and can be happy working as an integral part of a small farm crew. We are looking for people who can take on the physically demanding schedule, tasks, pace and inevitable challenges of the farm season with consistency and good humor. We need people who are ready to each day to learn, take and give direction, be patient with themselves and others and are excited about working intensely with all types of people. In addition to the above it is desirable that you also:
  • have at least 2 seasons of experience working on a production farm (or equivalent outdoor, physical work)
  • Safely lift and carry 40 lbs
  • Ability and interest to work long hours outside in any type of weather- wind, rain, heat, cold
  • valid driver's license
  • submit information for driving and background checks

Other Benefits include:
  • CSA vegetables
  • Optional participation in Eastern MA CRAFT workshops/trainings
  • Training on mechanized tillage and cultivation, farm planning and record-keeping, tractor/worker/farm and food safety practices, basic equipment maintenance, and more
  • Trustees membership (one year)- allows you access to many exciting events, historic homes, properties and more across the state, including discounts on parking and camping.

No phone calls, please Compensation this position is PAID: hourly, under $15/hr How to apply
This job expired on June 20, 2017
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