We are hiring 3 full-time Apprentices for the 2015 growing season. Apprenticeship program runs from March until November.
We are also hiring a Crew Leader/ Farm Tour Coordinator. This is a full-time year round, permanent position, with room for growth.
How to apply:
First read the description and fill out the application questions. Email with a resume and 3 professional references. If I think you’d be a good fit for our operation I will contact you via email to set up a phone call and then an in person interview.
2015 Serenbe Farms Apprenticeship Description and Application
Serenbe Farms is an intensive 8-acre certified organic diversified farm located in Chattahoochee Hills, GA, just 30 miles south of Atlanta, GA. We grow over 50 different vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs in over 350 different varieties.
We market our goods through our 100+ member CSA program, the local Serenbe restaurants, restaurants in Atlanta, and our own Serenbe Farmers Market.
Serenbe Farms is a part of the Serenbe community, a unique sustainable village consisting of 75% preserved green space, Earth Craft homes, restaurants, shops, artists, a bakeshop, and an equestrian center. The village of Serenbe lies in the heart of 40,000 protected acres of the newly formed city of Chattahoochee Hill Country. More on the community can be found on Serenbe’s website.
Serenbe Farms three-part mission includes:
- Providing nourishing food for our local and greater community
- Offering meaningful hands on education for all generations
- Building community through food and farming
This apprenticeship opportunity will allow you to learn how to grow high quality vegetables on small acreage throughout the seasons. Our weathered clay soils are still in need of remediation, so soil management and protection plays a large role in how our farm operates, with compost management, intensive cover cropping, and crop rotation as high priority.
Marketing our produce:
About 50-60% of what we grow goes home with our 60+ CSA members. CSA (community supported agriculture) is a mutually beneficial relationship between growers and eaters, where members receive produce weekly throughout the growing season in exchange for ensuring the farmer a living wage and providing production costs up front. The CSA members learn about organic agriculture and share in the risks and rewards of our hard work.
Our Serenbe Farmers Market is held in the village green in the community from May until November. In its eighth season, we attract many local vendors, farmers, artists, and craftsmen, and host weekly events including live music and chef demos.
Serenbe is home to three restaurants, The Hil, The Farmhouse, and The Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop. Each of these restaurants features our seasonal produce in their menus. The chefs and the farmers have close connections and discuss crop plans and harvests. We also currently sell to the following restaurants/outfits in Atlanta: Restaurant Eugene, Holeman and Finch, Turnip Truck, Bacchanalia, Abbatoir, Floataway Cafe, the Vegetable Husband, and more.
The farm can take on 3 full-time apprentices each growing season.
Living accommodations and compensation:
Apprentices will receive a stipend of $800/month. Housing and farm produce is included. Intern housing is a shared four bedroom house with kitchen, lounge, dining area, and a large yard for recreation. Utilities and Internet are included. The house is approximately 1/3 of a mile from the farm, a pleasant walk or bike ride. No pets allowed.
Vacation time is one day per month (can be consolidated and used all at once). The farm manager must approve of time taken off ahead of time.
A contract will be signed at the start of each season highlighting details of the apprenticeship. There is a two week trial period to make sure that apprentices are a good fit for the team.
Who are we looking for?
While organic farming experience is preferred, it is not necessary as long as good work ethic and interest is exemplified.
Our ideal candidate has:
- A serious interest in farming as a lifestyle and livelihood
- A physical ability to carry out all farm related tasks
- Lots of energy and is highly motivated
- A mind for efficiency and a sense of urgency
- Open and positive communication skills
You will be dealing directly with your consumers: market customers, chefs, and CSA members, so you must be friendly and able to market the products through your knowledge of their production. We prefer nonsmokers. Finally, you should love to laugh and have fun!
Our usual workweek is around 45-60 hours, consisting of 8 – 10 hour workdays, and work as needed on the weekend including our Saturday morning market (we rotate weekends off). We start early to beat the heat. Hours may vary from day-to-day and week-to-week, so flexibility is a must. Some work will exceed normal hours including care of chickens, irrigation, and greenhouse duties.
Our CSA delivery and pick up day is Tuesday. On Tuesdays, interns will rotate delivering to our Atlanta CSA members and restaurants. A clean driving record and the ability to drive a large van or vehicle in a city setting are requirements.
The work can be physically demanding, so only those who enjoy hard work need apply. However, many hands can make light work and on most difficult tasks we will all be working together.
A quality, learning environment:
I am committed to creating the best learning environment as possible. This is a true “hands on” program I work alongside interns daily. We work hard but we also work intelligently. To make the most of this experience it takes openness, a curious nature, a mind for efficiency and a desire to learn and grow. The more initiative you take, the more responsibility I will give.
Interns will be exposed to and expected to competently perform all farm operations and will be responsible for managing the farm’s volunteer crew, giving farm tours to both adults and children, as well as working and setting up farmers markets.
Greenhouse management, transplant production, crop planning, infrastructure development, tillage, cultivation, weed control, composting, and careful efficient harvesting for maximum crop quality are just some of the many things you will learn. You will not perform routine tractor work, but you will have a chance to learn the operation and functions of each of the tractor implements. You will learn to enhance soil fertility through the use of composts, manure, and cover crops. Farm rotations and insect and disease control will be discussed and implemented. You will be exposed to the organic certification process, farm budgeting, and record keeping.
Seasonally, I will offer ‘classroom’ discussions and presentations that coincide with our field lessons. A farm library will be available.
2015 marks a year of expansion as we continue cover cropping expanding fields and begin planting into new fields. This is a good opportunity for an apprentice to see what it’s like to start up on sub-par soils.
We are involved in the state organic association, Georgia Organics and will have opportunities to visit other local farms.
Our farm is directly located in the 1000-acre Serenbe community, with over 600 acres of hiking and biking trails, complete with forest, streams, wetlands, waterfall, and beautiful overlooks. Our city Chattahoochee Hills’ quiet and manicured backcountry roads offer excellent biking and running routes. Nearby parks Cochran Mill, Hutcheson Ferry, and Chattahoochee Bend add to the areas to explore. The farm is located about 40 minutes from Atlanta, the capitol of Georgia, where many recreational and cultural opportunities abound. Serenbe hosts many fun seasonal events and there are other local festivals to attend.
How do I apply?
If you think that Serenbe Farms may be a good fit for you than I encourage you to apply.
Please supply us with the following information. After I review, I will contact you and possibly set up a visit or interview. A farm work day/interview is required.
- Please tell us about yourself (hobbies, interests, long term goals, etc.).
- Why do you want to work on a farm? How does farming fit into your future plans?
- Do you have any gardening or farming experience?
- What do you hope to learn?
- Please share a few things people should know about working with you.
- Do you have any relevant medical conditions or physical limitations that would affect your ability to do farm work (kneeling, squatting for hours, heavy lifting, long days, etc.)?
- What sort of physical shape are you in? Can you carry and lift 50 lbs?
- Do you have any other related work experiences or skills? (examples: education, carpentry, cooking)
- Do you have transportation?
- When would you be available? Any flexibility?
Please include a resume and 3 professional references.
Thanks for your interest in this opportunity at Serenbe Farms.
Farm Crew Leader/ Farm Tour Coordinator Position:
We are seeking a full-time crew leader/farm tour coordinator. Position will start February 2015, and is open until the position has been filled.
This is a full-time position with expected work hours of 40-60 hours a week on the farm, Monday to Saturday, with rotating weekends in charge of the farm. The compensation will be $300 a week, plus housing, utilities and internet, as well as 10-20 percent commission from farm tour sales. We see this as a position that someone can grow into as the farm expands and would lead into an assistant manager position within 2 to 3 years.
The crew leader/farm tour coordinator will work directly with the farm manager and aide in keeping the farm day to day running smoothly, in an organized and efficient manner. This means assisting the farm manager in working with and directing the farms interns through daily farm harvests, irrigation, seeding, transplanting, weeding, and other farm maintenance. Some light help with tractor work is also expected.
In addition, outside of the farm day to day this position would include being the farms farm tour coordinator. Will work with the farm manager in scheduling farm tours for adults and children. Farm education is very important to our farm, and we are working towards increasing the amount of farm tours we have each month by hiring a farm tour coordinator that when not giving tours will serve as the farms crew leader. This position with 10-20 percent commission from farm tour sales, is one in which we expect the individual to work hard in marketing and scheduling farm tours. Currently we average about 600 students a year with our program, with students coming from all across Atlanta. We hope to double at minimum, the amount of school tours next season. I expect the farm tour portion of the work to be 5 to 8 hours each week, with the rest of the time spent helping to keep the farm running smoothly.
-2 years of full-time previous farming experience in organic vegetable production is preferred
-Experience working with kids on a farm, and conducting farm tours for both adults and children
- Farmers market sales experience
- A serious interest in farming as a lifestyle and livelihood
-A mind for efficiency, detail, and a sense of urgency
-Open and positive communication skills
-Willingness to take initiative and take on responsibility
-Organizational and managerial
-Tractor experience with cultivation and tillage implements, and a front end loader
-Proficient in: harvesting all types of vegetables, washing and bunching, weeding, installing drip tape and other forms of irrigation, direct seeding into the field, transplanting and greenhouse seeding and management.
-Some light construction skills and building/fixing things that are on farm related is preferred.
*welding, mechanics, working with chickens and other livestock, high tunnel construction, and any other farming related skills are also appreciated.
If you are interested in applying for this position please email your professional resume and cover letter with a paragraph about why you feel you would be a great fit for this position to: Ashley Rodgers at firstname.lastname@example.org