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Ecological Garden, Farm, & Homestead Apprenticeship 2017

Ecological Garden, Farm, & Homestead

Apprenticeship 2017

with Erb Food and Garden and The Experimental Farm Network

Do you want to build upon existing organic farming, gardening, and ecological design skills? Learn about seed saving, plant breeding and propagation focused on heirloom, native, and edible plants? Improve upon your carpentry skills by working on a tiny house project and rehabbing buildings?

Erb Food and Garden is an ecological land care business focused on creating edible and regenerative landscapes and environmental education. We are seeking a qualified individual (or the right pair of people) for a seasonal Apprenticeship-- to work with us and learn a variety of farming and homesteading skills. Housing, bulk food, and a $400 monthly stipend will be provided.

There will also be work with our partner organization The Experimental Farm Network-- a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and breeding resilient, heirloom plant varieties for a changing climate.


4 work days per week, 32 hours work per week

2-3 days working at a suburban mini farm/nursery/educational site

1-2 days/week working on off site ecological design projects

1 month intensive off-site work at the Experimental Farm Network’s flagship seed farm

Typical seed farm tasks include: weeding, mulching, planting, hand-pollinating, seed harvesting and processing, irrigation management

Typical homestead tasks include: organic gardening, perennial woody & herbaceous propagation, edible landscaping, carpentry, and tiny house construction

Qualifications & Requirements

1-2 years of relevant experience suggested: farming, environmental education, community gardening, building etc.

Relevant high school, trade school, university and/or college experience in horticulture, agriculture, design, or construction are helpful though not required

Desire and motivation to increase horticultural and sustainable living skills. We are looking for a team player that is excited to work with us

Ability to lift 40lbs and work in many different weather conditions

Basic carpentry, building, and maintenance skills are a big plus, though not a requirement

Ability to learn quickly and follow directions as well as give creative input

A reliable vehicle for transportation is very helpful, though not required. For 1 month you will work off-site at our farm site in Elmer, NJ.

What we will provide:

6 months of free rent in a room at our homestead, for the duration of the internship

A $400 stipend for the individual (or couple) will be paid, on a monthly basis.

Farm & garden vegetables will be available as well.

Hands on experience with the following skills:

Organic farming and annual vegetable cultivation

Heirloom seed saving and breeding

Regenerative design and edible landscaping

Tiny house construction, and general carpentry

Perennial woody/herbaceous plant propagation

Further opportunities to plug into local farming, permaculture, community gardening, and sustainability happenings

Access to the Experimental Farm Network’s growing seed collection

The 6-month internship will run from April 15th, 2017- October 15th, 2017

Our homestead, where your room will be, is located in Westville, NJ a 15-20 minute drive to Philadelphia. Our farm is located outside Elmer, NJ.

Please apply by March 10th, 2017 by sending a PDF format :

cover letter / resume / and 2 (or more) references

to info@erbfoodandgarden.com

Women, people of color, lgbtq folks and other communities often under-represented in farming, are strongly encouraged to apply.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the information on our websites to learn about what we are doing:

Erb Food and Garden www.erbfoodandgarden.com

Experimental Farm Network www.experimentalfarmnetwork.org

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