- Our apprentices are a vital part of our farm community.
Wild Harmony Farm is a diverse, certified organic livestock farm in Exeter, RI focused on environmental stewardship, utilizing regenerative farming practices. We care deeply about the well being of the people working here and the livestock we raise. We raise 100% grass-fed beef cattle, organic pigs, organic layers, organic meat chickens and organic turkeys. We graze our animals in an intensive rotational system to maximize benefits to the animals’ health and the land, moving fences every day. Farming is a lifestyle as well as a business for us. The fruit and vegetables we grow are not for market but to supplement the farmers' diet. We grow spray-free vegetables on 1/10 of an acre, manage a 2-acre apple orchard, keep honeybees, and tap maple trees for syrup. We sell meat, eggs, and syrup through a 20-member CSA, our farm store, wholesale accounts with restaurants and butcher shops, and the retail app WhatsGood Marketplace.
- Job description
Our apprentices will be helping with all aspects of animal husbandry as well as vegetable and fruit production, marketing, retail, and wholesale sales interactions. This will include daily chores, pasture management and rotation, breeding, animal health care, and slaughter, tractor operation and wholesale deliveries. As on any farm, significant time will be spent on problem-solving, repairing, constructing, weeding and cleaning. We will be canning and freezing fruit and vegetables for winter consumption. The apprentices will also help with CSA share packing and farm store operations, social media account contributions as well as educational tours and programs on the farm. We will make every effort to educate and include our apprentices in every task and will tailor the educational opportunities to the desires of the apprentices. Some aspects of the work are efficiency and task-oriented. We work hard to make this a good place to live and work.
- What we are looking for
This is a perfect place for someone looking to learn what it entails to include animals in their future farming endeavors. Our ideal candidate will be an avid learner, a considerate and respectful housemate, self-motivated, able to work independently and contribute thoughtfully in a team. The candidate will be able to work long hours with a good attitude, able to lift 50 lbs, willing to get dirty, passionate about food, and has desires to continue farming in the future. Farming experience, social media management, marketing, carpentry, construction or mechanical experience are desired, but not necessary. We have a “farm family” meal once a week to break bread together and stay connected as a community. All other meals are cooked separately in the apprentice village. Each year the apprentices decide how cooking/sharing groceries works best for them. A personal vehicle is a must, as there is no immediate access to public transportation nor are we on a good cycling road. The farm has a Mon.-Fri. workweek with rotating weekend duty shared amongst farm staff. A site visit prior to acceptance is greatly preferred. Non-tobacco users are preferred. We are looking for our apprentices to start May 1st and work until mid-November. Longer-term agreements are possible upon further discussion, as we always keep some staff through the winter and value having folks stay season to season.
Application, cover letter and resume needed.
Email all of the above to Wildharmonyfarm@gmailcom
Grazing Season Apprenticeship
April - November
- Benefits include:
- Private on-farm sleeping space in campers/tiny home
- Communal kitchen and living space shared with other apprentices
- Wi-fi available in apprentice village
- 2 shared showers (one outdoor) & composting toilet & laundry (line dry only)
- vegetables, meat, & eggs from the farm
- occasional off-site educational opportunities; i.e. workshops, farm visits, etc.
- 30 mins from beaches, Newport, and Providence
- $800/mo stipend
(responsible for off-farm food, and propane)