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Apprenticeship

apprenticeshipbannerContact: Ivor Chodkowski

Phone: [Cell] 502-608-9190
[Home] 502-608-9190

Email: ivorachodkowski@gmail.com

Last Updated: 05-26-2015

General Description: Field Day Family Farm is a commercial organic (though we have opted against N.O.P. certification, at this point) produce operation entering its nineteenth year. Over a 9-10 month season, the farm runs a C.S.A. serving over 100 families, 2-3 farmer’s markets, and supplies 10-15 stores and restaurants in the Louisville, KY area. The farm’s 30 acres of ground are a part of one of Louisville’s and Jefferson County’s oldest farms and could, perhaps, best be described as a kind of rural oasis in what is otherwise an increasingly commercial and highly suburban environment.

Internship Starts: Mid-March preferred, then rolling.
Internship Ends: End of November.
Number of Interns: 4
App Deadline:
Minimum Length of Stay: 8-9 months preferred, shorter stays will receive shortened curriculum; call for details.

Meals: Food from the farm available with few restrictions. We try to share a meal on most Friday afternoons.

Skills Desired: While previous farm experience might prove helpful, it is not necessary. Beyond this, our farm is seeking people with strong work ethics and a genuine interest in agriculture. Ideal candidates would balance self-motivation and self-confidence and an ability to work alone with a willingness to seek and accept direction. A four week trial period and check-in are required to assure our compatibility.

Educational Opportunities: In addition to on the job training, including many, in the field, spontaneous learning opportunities, apprentices can expect to participate in informal discussions on many topics of sustainable agricultural concern. Apprentices can expect an early day-long orientation as well as a minimum of 15-20 classes. Classes will be various and diverse, with some requiring reading and with others involving in the field demonstrations. Still others will combine hands on and theoretical opportunities. 1-2 classes will remain open to areas of apprenticeship interest and concern. Field trips to other area farms will also be arranged according to apprentice interest. Apprentice graduates have gone on to become peace corps volunteers, educators, graduate students, cooks, agricultural related not for profit executive directors, and most significantly, farmers themselves.

Stipend: $350/month + end of season bonus for finishing the season

Housing: 100 year old farm house is smoke-free, three bedrooms, kitchen, shower, and washer and dryer; part of the house will be used for class time and farm business.

Preferred method Of Contact: By phone or e-mail, but we strongly encourage an in-person, on-farm interview for serious consideration.

Internship Details: Field Day Family Farm’s apprenticeship program is primarily on the job training. Apprentices will be expected to work in most, if not all, of the areas that make the operation an actual working farm. Apprentices will be expected to work 45-50 hrs/wk, in conditions that are, by turns, hot, dirty, cold, and rainy, and physically very demanding. Apprentices can expect to work on some days in excess of 10 hours. Having said all this, we are also committed to education and we would expect the season-long apprenticeship to give sufficient foundation, both practical and somewhat theoretical, so that a motivated apprentice might ably operate his or her own small-scale production operation.

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