Employment Offered

Employment Offered

Date Submitted
Position Title
Medicinal Garden Apprentices
Position Description
Churchtown Dairy Seeks Medicinal Garden Apprentices for the 2020 Growing Season

A project of the Foundation for Agricultural Integrity, the Churchtown Dairy is a working farm that intends to serve as a beacon for those working to promote regenerative agriculture and sustainable communities. We support the development of resilient, just and sustainable food systems while raising public awareness of the positive impacts ecological agriculture can have on ecosystems, communities and economies. We strive to create health by imbuing all our work with beauty--the buildings, the landscape and the economic and social systems within which we work.

As part of our work the Churchtown Dairy has dedicated two acres to the growing of medicinal plants to bring health and beauty to the landscape of the farm, to the earth, and to people who benefit from what herbal practitioners produce from these plants.

For the 2020 growing season (March 16 or April 6 to November 20) Churchtown Dairy seeks two apprentices to work with and learn from Medicinal Plant Grower Jean-David Derreumaux. Jean-David brings 40 years of biodynamic farming experience including 20+ years specifically in the growing of high-quality medicinal plants.

Learning opportunities are many and focus primarily on the growing and harvesting of medicinal plants. Apprentices will be involved in:
• All tasks associated with growing starters in greenhouse
• Raising plants from seed to seed
• Soil tillage, composting and garden maintenance
• Working in both a healing garden and a row-crop setting
• Many biodynamic practices
• Drying of medicinal plants and to a limited degree making extracts from them.

Time is set aside for focused education sessions with Jean-David and with the plants, but the learning is primarily through the work itself. We are looking for individuals with gardening experience who understand the rigors of land work and who want to learn specifically about growing biodynamic medicinal plants in the context of a healing garden. The work is physically demanding and requires stamina and strength. The learning, however, can be plentiful for those who are ready for hard work.

The apprenticeship can be associated with the biodynamic apprenticeship program if desired. See https://www.biodynamics.com/farmer-training

For the right candidate, we also offer the possibility to continue training for a second year.

Apprentices are paid an hourly wage and are expected to work 40 hours-plus per week, on a schedule to be defined. Shared-living accommodation is available to rent for a modest monthly fee.
Farm Name
Churchtown Dairy
How to Apply
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please apply by February 3 by sending a letter of interest and resume to Jean-David Derreumaux at jean-david@churchtowndairy.org. Minimum of two-years gardening or farming experience preferred.

For more information and to apply, please, contact: Jean-David Derreumaux Email: jean-david@churchtowndairy.org

Website : http://churchtowndairy.org/
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