Square Roots Farm

Email us a resume (including 3 references) and a letter explaining your interest in the position. We are particularly interested in hearing about why you are drawn to Square Roots Farm and this experience in particular. Once we hear from you, we will be in touch to schedule an interview. Although we are happy to interview remotely, we strongly encourage an in-person visit to the farm before beginning the apprentice ship.


We can't wait to hear from you!




  • Previous farm experience is great, but not required.
  • Experience working or intensely recreating outside is strongly desired.
  • We want someone who is passionate, energetic, and responsible.
  • We want someone who can still smile after four hours in 40 degree rain, who likes the way their muscles feel when they are tired.
  • We want someone who can lift 50lbs, asks good questions, and who has a drivers license.

Compensation

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  • Start seeds in the greenhouse. Transplant starts to the field. Weed those new plants, trellis them, mulch them. Harvest them early morning, and pack them for market.
  • Pick up the chicks at the post office. Get them settled in the brooder. Feed them, water them, keep the brooder clean. Move them out to fresh pasture, and then move their shelter every day. Slaughter them, clean them, and bag them for sale.
  • Put up a greenhouse. Collect eggs. Build fence. Make compost. Tackle escaped pigs. Pick rocks. Sleep like a rock. Eat the fruits of your labor.
  • Pack coolers. Drive to market. Make things look beautiful. Tell our story.
  • Be part of the CRAFT training program. Attend tours and meetings at other area farms. Meet like-minded people who are as passionate about sustainable agriculture as you are.


Since we run a small farm with a small crew (two farmers, one manager, and one-two apprentices), you'll work with a farmer every day. Whether you plan to start your own farm or are just exploring, this is a great way to immerse yourself in the experience and get a feel for what it's really like. Apprentices are trained in caring for all of our enterprises, but there is also flexibility for catering the position to individual interests. Expect to do some grunt work, but also to learn how to operate tools and equipment. Be ready to work as  part of a crew with a supervisor, and also be prepared to take initiative and lead projects or groups of volunteers. The apprenticeship is demanding and jam-packed with opportunities to learn and contribute.


The Apprenticeship

  • Room - Cozy yurt tucked into the woods below the garden, with wood stove and propane cooktop, and composting outhouse.
  • Access to laundry, showers, and wireless internet in the farmhouse.
  • Board - Shared breakfasts and lunches, all you can eat vegetables, "farmer" eggs and chicken. Discount on meats.
  • Stipend - depends on experience, starting at $800/month
  • Education - CRAFT Program.  Twice-monthly trips to nearby farms with other farm apprentices to learn about what each of these farms does best.
  • Worker's compensation, health insurance through the Massachusetts Health Connector
  • Work side-by-side with and learn from experienced, small scale, sustainable farmers. See what this has meant for past apprentices on our alumni page.





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