We are seeking people with experience and passion who aspire to run their own farm some day. The apprentices are integral members of our small team at Wild Hope Farm. During the 9 month program we will expose you to all aspects of organic farming and deepen your knowledge of our organic farming methods, produce and operations, bee keeping, season extension, cover cropping, no-till methods, compost heat extraction, pasture raised chickens, soil quality, harvesting and packing, customer delivery, and selling. You will become familiar with our modern equipment (see list on job description below) and be trained on usage. We will assess your development and coach you towards operating independently over the time with us.
During your time at Wild Hope Farm, you will work directly under Shawn Jadrnicek, our farm manager with over 22 years experience in sustainable agriculture through work as an organic farmer, nursery grower, extension agent, arborist and landscaper. You can learn more about Shawn’s approach through his book, The Bio-Integrated Farm: A Revolutionary Permaculture-Based System Using Greenhouses, Ponds, Compost Piles, Aquaponics, Chickens and More.
About the Farm
With 3.5 acres under production, 2 acres in cover crops, and other mixed use acreage with greenhouses, walking trails, a large pond, and diversified natural areas, there is always a lot to do on the farm. Our produce is sold through a 100 person farm share, to local chefs, and at the Matthews farmers market. In addition to farming, we also host complementary on-farm events including retreats, weddings, farm-to-table dinners, and educational workshops to cultivate community and encourage people to learn about our farming practices. We welcome you to help with the planning and implementation of at least one of our on-farm events.
Goals for the future
We plan to scale our current 5.5 acres under production to 11 acres of vegetable production and cover cropping by 2020. As you might expect, this involves a great amount of planning and building both on the farm with our infrastructure (irrigation, fencing, soil quality) and in the community with our market development (growing from 100 to 400 family farm share). In addition, we are scaling up flowers and layer chickens over the 3 years. As an apprentice, you will gain direct experience in scaling an operation.
Innovating on the farm
We are always looking for ways to make our farming operation more efficient and we invite you test out new time and energy saving techniques. Our automated CSA delivery trailer is just one example of this - check out our trailer video here.