Our beautiful and secluded 80-acre ranch & Biodynamic Farm, in Sonoma County, California between Freestone and Bodega is seeking a full time, year-long Farm Apprentice for the 2020 season (start date negotiable between the new year and late February; end date negotiable between Mid December and February).
We are a newly developing educational farm, with goats, pigs, chickens and Biodynamically grown produce. Our farm was founded in 2017 to be a learning farm and retreat for the students, families and faculty of a Waldorf school in the East Bay, and a productive diversified operation serving the needs of our urban farm membership. We host school groups from local Waldorf schools each Spring and Fall, and offer family camping in our campground throughout the season. Our Farm Membership (CSA) is based on principles of associative economics and serves families in the East Bay and San Francisco (2020 will be our first full season). Farm Members collectively support the farm's budget needs (there is no set membership fee but all membership pledges added together must collectively meet the budget), and in turn receive the produce they feel they need for the week through a free-choice, member's only farm stand. Our farm is owned by a community of families, with one couple managing the farm with support from farm employees and educational program participants. We look to the principals of Anthroposophy and Social Threefolding to guide our community work, endeavoring to practice love, compassion, direct communication and non-violence.
Our Biodynamic Farm Apprenticeship offers a structured program of study in regenerative and Biodynamic farming practices, along with hands on learning, guided and mentored by a veteran of adult on-farm education (running apprenticeship and internship programs since 2000). We welcome participants in the BDA Biodynamic Farmer Foundation Year Program. Through close mentoring, our Apprenticeship offers an opportunity to gain mastery in all aspects of our diverse farm, including nursery work, vegetable production, animal husbandry, farm carpentry, irrigation, forestry & trail work, tending perennial plantings and farm planning, all with an emphasis on the Biodynamic practices suggested by Rudolf Steiner in the Agriculture Course and other lecture cycles. Our Farm Apprentice is also an important farm co-worker and leader in their own right, helping to mentor school group visitors and recent high school grads & college students participating in our "Semester on a Farm" program, which runs from March through August. Through study and action, we will learn together how to support the farm and all its' inhabitants, so it can in turn support our community of farmers and eaters.
On-site housing, a living stipend and farm produce is provided. The Apprenticeship Program schedule (full time) will be well defined, and free time & vacation time respected. Requirements include a deposit, returned upon successful completion of the program. Only applicants with their own health insurance will be considered for the program.
Contact: Willow Summer; email@example.com; text to 510-409-3214