Mill Creek Farm is Hiring Apprentices for our 2016 Season!
Mill Creek Farm Apprenticeship Program
Mill Creek Farm, a non-profit educational urban farm in West Philadelphia, is dedicated to improving local access to fresh produce, building a healthy community and environment, and promoting a just and sustainable food system. MCF is seeking to fill apprenticeship positions for the current growing season.
From March – November MCF grows produce using organic practices. Produce from this half acre farm is sold at two weekly market stands, Mariposa Food Coop, the Fresh Food Hub, and the West Philly Foods CSA. Produce is also donated to local food cupboards, and families in need. As an educational farm, schools and universities frequent the farm for field trips and volunteer service. High school youth are also employed during the summer and participate in all aspects of farm operations. MCF is seeking apprentices to assist with both the farming and educational activities this season. Mill Creek Farm, a non-profit educational urban farm in West Philadelphia, is seeking to fill 3 apprenticeship positions for the current growing season. For more information visit our webpage www.MillCreekUrbanFarm.org
The Education Apprentice will be engaged in hands- on experiential learning of sustainable agriculture methods, while honing their group management skills and assisting with farm-based education programs at MCF. Responsibilities include assisting with leading educational tours, supervising volunteer groups, and acting as mentors for youth interns. Dates: April- November, Tuesdays thru Thursdays, 8 hour/ week commitment.
The Farm and Harvest Apprentice will gain knowledge of sustainable agriculture practices while assisting with harvest, general field work, and supervising volunteers. Dates: April- November, Mondays thru Saturdays, 8 hour/ week commitment.
The Market Apprentice will assist with harvest, set up of market stand, customer service, produce sales, inventory, clean up, and other market related tasks. Harvest takes place the morning of market. The Saturday market stand is open May – November and the Wednesday market stand is open July– November. Typical hours are Wednesday 9 am-5:30 pm or Saturday 8:30 am-2:30 pm. You may apply for 1 or both market days, with preference given to those available for the whole season.
In order to qualify for the apprenticeships you must meet the following requirements:
Ability to work well with a diverse group of people
Reliability, flexibility, and the ability to make a serious time commitment
Willingness to do farm work in extreme weather conditions
Ability to lift 40 lbs
Familiarity with gardening and fresh produce
For the first time, Mill Creek Farm will provide apprentices with a modest monthly stipend of $50/ month. Additionally, Mill Creek Farm provides apprentices with a unique opportunity to participate in local food production, marketing, and education. Apprentices will also gain experience:
With basic farming/gardening skills
Working with youth, volunteers, and visitors from across the city
Supporting a grassroots organization and exposure to our network
Learning about food and community justice principles first hand
Best contact (Phone # and Email):
Please answer the following questions:
Which apprenticeship are you applying for?
When are you available to do this apprenticeship?
What, if any previous farm or garden experience do you have?
What special skills do you have to offer to Mill Creek Farm (ex: carpentry, language, art, food preservation, or anything you think that is a special skill)?
What does the term “Food Justice” mean to you?
What if any experience do you have with customer service, cooking, nutrition, harvesting, facilitating volunteers, community organizing, management, or working with youth?
What projects or organizations have inspired or influenced you?
How did you hear about Mill Creek Farm?
What do you hope to gain from this experience?
Please list 2 references Mill Creek Farm can contact and include a resume if available.
Mill Creek Farm is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace, whose leadership is representative of the communities where we work. Mill Creek Farm is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, people of color, LGBTQIA people, and people of differing abilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please send application to Aviva Asher via email, firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!