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Sankanac CSA Seeks Apprentices - Chester County, PA

Sankanac CSA is a participating mentor farm in the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program. For more information about the program, please see http://www.biodynamics.com/nabdap

GARDEN AND FARM APPRENTICESHIPS NEEDED: The Sankanac CSA is a 170 member Biodynamic garden situated in the rolling hills of beautiful Chester County, PA. In our 10-acre garden we grow a diverse seasonal mix of vegetables, flowers, herbs, fruit and small livestock. The garden is part of Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, a 432 acre agricultural and crafts community which focuses on life-sharing and specifically includes adults with disabilities.

Apprentices at Sankanac CSA, receive intensive “on the job” training by working alongside mentor farmers. We participate in the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program. The CSA offers a 1 or 2 year apprenticeship, and 1-3 month internships, in biodynamic agriculture. We rely on apprentices to be self-directed in their learning endeavors, but are committed to supporting the learning process by offering some theoretical training opportunities as well. During the quieter season months apprentices receive some theoretical foundation in biodynamic and organic agriculture through regular mentor sessions, planning meetings, and ongoing agrarian and anthroposophical study
groups. During the spring and summer apprentices can participate in weekly regular farm tours and mini seminars offered from May through October through the Sustainable Agriculture Internship Training alliance (SAITA) of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

In addition to our CSA, Camphill Village Kimberton Hills also tends a grass fed dairy farm, an orchard, a small apiary, woodlands, a wood fired bakery, coffee shop, craft workshops and 17 life-sharing households.

Starts: Immediate Openings
Ends: Positions begin and end in early spring

Meals: All meals are provided by the households.

Skills Desired: Previous gardening or farming experience is a plus but not required. However, an open attitude and a willingness to receive and follow direction is paramount. Volunteers live and work with adults with disabilities.

Educational Opportunities: A strong theoretical component to the training will be emphasized, and include regional farm tours and monthly seminars through SAITA. Weekly study groups on Biodynamic Agriculture and Anthroposophy during the Winter months, as well as weekly participation in the Kimberton Hills orientation to Camphill and community life are available to one year volunteers.

Stipend: For Apprentices: Room and board as well as a stipend of $130/month. Health care costs are covered after the first three months.

Housing: Private rooms in one of our 17 life-sharing households (that also include some adults with developmental disabilities).

Contact information: Craig Brown, Admissions,
information@camphillkimberton.org, 610-935-3963