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Connecticut Diversified Biodynamic Farm Seeking Apprentices for the 2009 Growing Season

We are a diversified biodynamic farm raising beef and dairy cattle, pigs, turkeys, chicken, bees and horses. We grow vegetables for our vegetable CSA (community supported agriculture) – a program where people become a member of our garden for the season and pick up their vegetable share weekly. We are in the process of building a cheese-making facility which we will start operating in early spring of 2009. Our farm is located in the idyllic New England landscape of forests and stonewalls in southeastern Connecticut – while it is only 10 miles to the coast and both New York City and Boston are not even 2 ½h away.

Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of farm life by participating in the daily chores. This includes feeding and caretaking of the livestock, milking, pasture rotation and management, composting, seed propagation, transplanting, weeding, mulching, greenhouse management, harvesting and post harvest preparation as well as the use of biodynamic preparations. We hold weekly meetings and offer discussion groups – but expect a high level of self motivated involvement in study activities.
Woodbridge Farm is part of the 2-year North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP). For more information on the program please visit www.bdtraining.org.

Apprentices are accommodated in their own shared house, where they have to prepare their own meals and organize their own household. Furthermore, we provide access to a share of our vegetables and a small stipend.

We are accepting apprentices to start as early as mid February or anytime throughout the season depending on vacancies. We are looking for self-motivated individuals with a strong work ethic who are considering a career in farming.

Please visit our website (www.woodbridgefarmonline.com) to learn more about this opportunity and our farm. Please apply by e-mail following the instructions on the website.
Contact: Julia and David Smagorinsky, Woodbridge Farm, 30 Woodbridge Road, Salem, CT 06420; (860)889-5797;woodbridgefarm@sbcglobal.net. 1/26/2009