Conserving Long Islands Working Farms and Natural Lands

Quail Hill Farm Apprenticeship Program

2011 Quail Hill Farm InternsApplication Deadline for the Apprentice Program: March 1

Quail Hill Farm serves over 200 families through a highly unique biweekly pick-your-own CSA model. QHF also markets produce to restaurants, food pantries, and a farmers' market. In addition, the farm serves as a resource for local beginning farms and community gardens. The Quail Hill Farm crop list contains over 500 varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The farm community also includes a mature apple orchard, peach trees, raspberries, a few hives of bees, a flock of hens and ducks, and a diversity of birds on the flyway. The Farm, using 3 greenhouses, 5 tractors, extensive irrigation, and a healthy collection of hoes, offers both a Summer and a Winter Share.

 

The goal of the Quail Hill Farm advanced apprenticeship is to create an ideal setting for young and beginning farmers to hone their farm management skills and understanding of organic farm systems.  We have designed this program in the interest of bridging a perceived gap between first or second year farm apprenticeships and the skills required for more advanced farm management positions. We recognize the growing need for advanced training opportunities that focus on all aspects of a full season (in our case, March through December) of organic, mixed vegetable farm management on a field scale. Our program is designed to allow each member of our crew to experience every aspect of our farm management system, learning through the course of a full season on a diverse, multi-species fruit and vegetable farm.

 

We prefer candidates with at least a full season of mixed vegetable farming at 5-10 acres (or more!). We ask that they are hard workers, are self-motivated and have a persistently positive attitude and a sincere passion for sustainability. Apprentices must be able to work well with a diverse group of co-workers, volunteers, and farm members in all weather conditions. Participation in a mandatory tractor safety course, time management skills, and a spritely sense of humor are essential. Current driver’s license and ability to operate manual transmissions are helpful.

 

In exchange, we offer free housing close to the farm, an hourly minimum wage, produce from the farm, and a beautiful summer close to the Atlantic Ocean. We also offer many educational opportunities for our apprentices, including: Attending the NOFA summer conference, participation in local CRAFT events, access to the farm library, and QHF farm walks with our managers to discuss different topics in our fields.

 

To Apply: please submit a cover letter, resume and three references to Scott Chaskey, Farm Director and  Layton Guenther, Farm Manager, at lguenther@peconiclandtrust.org and schaskey@peconiclandtrust.org