The Dancing the Land Farm Apprenticeship is an incredible, seed-to-seed educational opportunity on a diverse, bustling, young farm. Apprentices will be given the opportunity to learn as much as their minds and bodies can hold in a beautiful, multi-faceted, and active environment.
What we offer:
EDUCATION An opportunity to learn deeply about so many things! Like organic and biodynamic growing methods, animal husbandry, natural/salvage-style building, flower arranging, problem solving, soil health, pasture management, marketing, community living and communication skills, milking and cheesemaking, sheep shearing, body mechanics, organic conversion, natural history, philosophy, and SO much more! And, because we are a new farm, we offer valuable insight into the beginning stages of farm establishment as young farmers in today's conventional, large-scale farm culture.
LIFE EXPERIENCE, SKILL, AND COMMUNITY We also offer the experience of a full growing season in an incredibly beautiful place, living alongside good folks who are deeply passionate about what they do. This is an opportunity to make life-long friends with people, with yourself, and with the world of growing things. We offer hands-on skill-building in a incredibly diverse array of subjects with the guidance of our combined decades of experience. Apprentices will also have free-time in the evenings and on weekends in which to pursue their own passions, as well as further their own study. There are also many opportunities to experiment and work on your own on-farm projects.
ROOM AND BOARD We offer full room and board for apprentices. We've got several cozy, private, and farmer-chic places to choose from (a loft in our workshop, or a 1970's schoolbus)--first come first serve. Breakfast is on-your-own, but the farm shares lunch and dinner as a community, and every resident has the opportunity to cook for the farm each week through our cooking rotation. We provide most food items (eggs, veggies, goat cheese and milk and meat, lamb, chicken, as well as bulk items like rice and beans and pasta, flour, oil, etc), though you'll have to supply your own fancy powerbars, etc.
MARKET PERCENTAGE In lieu of a weekly or monthly living stipend, we offer apprentices a percentage of Farmers' Market gross profits. Percentages range from 10%-20% depending on the level of involvement and autonomy apprentices exercise for each individual market. We do two markets during the week. When the farm is successful, we all benefit. That does mean there is no financial support in the pre-season before farmers' markets start. Market begins in early May.
What we expect:
A committed, passionate being who works wholeheartedly! An awesome community member who carries their own weight and is courteous and willing to be a part of a whole. A conscious communicator and exquisite performer of all tasks from planting seeds to cleaning out goat sheds. A curious learner who is unafraid to ask questions. A crew member with enthusiasm for life, a positive attitude, and a great sense of humor. Someone who has a sincere desire to learn and grow as a person and as a farmer. A responsible and reliable person who would love the opportunity to gain, hone, and perfect skills. Someone willing to work past 5 pm when needed!
TIME Our apprenticeship program is an opportunity to see a whole growing season from the first sprouts of spring to the killing frosts of autumn with all the harvesting, weeding, marketing, and canning in between. We expect folks applying to be able to stay for at least 4 months, though, March/April through October is ideal. This time gives us the opportunity to teach and learn with the most integrity possible. For shorter term opportunities please see our Wwoofing page.
RESPECT When we accept apprentices we're inviting folks into our home. There are long, deep stories here, history, and ongoing relationships with the many communities around us. We expect folks to be interested in those stories, to participate in those relationships, and to interact with care and consciousness. This is our beloved home, our livlihood, and our resting place. We welcome folks in willingly and with open hearts, and with a sure knowledge that we will add to the richness of each others' lives.