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

Each year we offer Quail Hill Farm apprenticeships that provide a hands-on working/learning experience designed to educate dedicated individuals about sustainable agriculture and organic farming. We are interested in people from all backgrounds: from inexperienced city folks looking to explore agriculture as a career option to experienced farmers looking for a new approach to agriculture. Apprentices often elect to continue their training beyond the first year.

Over 120 men and women have participated in the Quail Hill Farm apprentice program! 

Apprentices work in all aspects of the farm’s production: seeding, greenhouse production, soil mix preparation, composting, cultivating/weeding, harvesting, tractor work, and assisting CSA members. During the course of the full season, apprentices are given the information and time to learn organic farming’s essential skills, CSA operation, and to observe the conservation efforts of the Peconic Land Trust. In return, apprentices are expected to give their labor for the daily work of the farm. Apprentices will be paid hourly minimum wage as well as receive housing and farm produce.

While we generally accept “entry-level” apprentices and give them a good orientation to farming, on occasion an advanced Apprenticeship is offered depending on the pool of applicants and their experience. If you are looking for an extensive learning experience about organic farming, not just how to “go out and hoe,” this is the place for you. The farm also encourages and assists in apprenticeship exchanges with other farms.

If you are interested in applying for an Apprenticeship at Quail Hill Farm, please email your resume along with a statement of interest to Scott Chaskey, Director of Quail Hill Farm, at

Additional information is available in our PDF Guide for Quail Hill Farm Apprentices (updated 3/22/2013).