Work on the Farm

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OUR 2014 APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

Aspiring farmers and people interested in local agriculture can join our team through our intern, apprenticeship, and volunteer programs. Farm workers learn about organic production or vegetables, fruits, flowers and mushrooms in a beautiful setting 25 minutes north of Asheville, NC. Interns, apprentices and volunteers are an integral part of all farm activities, including greenhouse production, planting, field cultivation and weeding, harvesting, selling, and packaging products.They work with us in the field and on the farm, five full days a week. If  you are interested in working with us on the farm, we encourage you to review the descriptions below and determine which of our programs is right for you.

Apprenticeships

Our full season apprentices are recent graduates, community members, and aspiring organic farmers who work from early March to early November five days a week. They live in a renovated barn apartment on the farm, eat lunch provided by the farm on work days, receive veggie seconds for meals, and get a $400 a month stipend. In the 2014 season, we have two full season apprenticeships available. We ask that apprentices take on leadership roles and have previous experience with farming or serious gardening. Tasks on the farm are long and often tedious. Our goal is to provide apprentices with the experience and knowledge they need to start their own farming operation. In their second year farm apprentices become farm crew leaders, which includes increased pay, year-round employment, and private accommodations in a cabin. In 2014, apprentices will be working with both the farm owners (Paul and Anna Littman) and the current crew leaders (Ryan Clark and Kate Cummings) who each have a different knowledge base to offer. Apprentices returning for a second year have the opportunity to continue working year-round during the winter months and receive a $600 monthly stipend for the second year on the farm along with leadership responsibilities. In 2014, apprentices will be working with both the farm owners (Paul and Anna Littman) and the current crew leaders (Ryan Clark and Kate Cummings) who each have a different knowledge base to offer.

Interns

Each year, Ivy Creek Family Farm offers internships to college students and recent graduates. The interns work on the farm from mid May to the end of August or September five days a week. They live our renovated barn apartment, eat lunch provided by the farm on work days and receive veggie seconds for meals. In the 2014 season, we have one college internship available. We ask that interns arrive excited to work physically and to learn from the farm. Interns learn through working. We also share information about the planning we do to make our farm efficient and profitable, including seed calculation, basic accounting, equipment lists, cultivation tips, direct marketing, and more.

How to Apply to Be an Apprentice or Intern

Send us a cover letter outlining your interest in working on our farm, your strengths and goals, and your farming experience. Include your resume and two references and mail the information to Anna and Paul Littman at 390 North Fork Rd, Barnardsville, NC 28709.  Please email us with questions at wncfarm@gmail.com.

Requirements

We ask that all applicants be interested in farming, have the ability to work consistently on repetitive tasks, be in good physical and mental shape, and enjoy physical labor. We hope that all apprentices and interns will be able to have fun, work well in teams and independently, and stay focused while working hard.