Luna Bleu Farm Whole-Farm Apprentices

Luna Bleu Farm is seeking full-time Whole-Farm Apprentices for the 2018
season.  (See also our listing for Assistant Manager if you have 2+ seasons of
farm production experience.)

Luna Bleu Farm is a well-established diversified certified organic farm in
central Vermont, growing for our community for over 25 years. On our 42 acre
farm, we grow 5 acres of vegetables, raise cattle, pigs, and chickens for egg
and meat production, and have a small orchard with blueberries, apples, and
plums. We grow and market year round through our CSA, Saturday farmers market,
and a few local businesses. Season extension and winter growing in high
tunnels is an expanding part of our operation. We work hands on with our
employees to share the knowledge we have gained over our years of farming and
encourage employees to take advantage of the rich agricultural opportunities
in the Upper Valley of Vermont. We are relatively small in size but our
diversity with crops and animals means we have lots of fun every day!

The Whole-Farm Apprentice is exposed to all aspects of our farming operation,
rotating through the various animal chores, working with many aspects of
growing, harvesting, and marketing the field vegetables and fruits and helping
with the CSA distribution and farmers market. They get a broad experience of
the rhythms of the farming season and the many elements of our farming

Much of the learning is hands-on during the day-to-day tasks required on our
farm.  Rather than sitting down to teach skills in a classroom type setting we
prefer to work with our employees in the field, giving instructions before
starting work and then working with them to help them complete tasks properly,
work efficiently, and have fun. We also eat meals with our employees and
encourage conversations about anything farm related. Apprentices participate
in the Upper Valley CRAFT program to enhance their education on the farm.
Apprentices play an integral role in running our farm. We hope to give them
skills, experiences and connections to further their work in this field.

Apprentices will be involved with:
Seeding, transplanting, weeding, and harvesting vegetable crops
Post-harvest washing and prepping for market
Animal chores and grazing rotations
Chicken processing
CSA and farmers market
Greenhouse watering and field irrigation
Record keeping
Mowing, BCS rototilling
Food safety
Season extension

Because of the nature of the work, an apprentice should have some familiarity
with the physical demands of farming, have spent some time working or
volunteering on a farm (at least part of a season), be able to lift 50 pounds,
work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, and enjoy repetitive, even
tedious, tasks. They must have a valid driver’s license. We look for people
who are attentive to detail, speed, and efficiency, are organized, and
conscientious in their work, and work well in a team.

Apprentices work 5 days a week and rotating Saturdays.

Please visit our website and read “Qualities for a successful job at Luna Bleu
Farm” if you think you are interested in applying.

Time frame and Compensation:
Flexible start date: mid February- early May preferred. Preference is given to
applicants who can stay through main growing season into November. Successful
apprentices are given the option to work through winter season and/or return
the following season as an Assistant Manager.
We offer apprentices room, board and a bi-weekly stipend.

To apply:
Please send a cover letter and request an application by email:
[email protected]

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