Horsepower Farm, Paul,
Andy & Donna Birdsall, 90 Horsepower Farm Road, Penobscot, ME 04476,
207-374-5038. Diversified market garden, dry beans and other storage
crops, sheep, hay, and some grain for livestock. We work alongside apprentices
with a view to developing their capability to function independently
and effectively as part of the farm community.
- Source of power: 6 horses, tractor for bucket work.
- Horses are used for: virtually all tillage, planting, cultivating,
haying, harvest, fertilization, logging.
- Acreage: 65 open, 300 wooded.
- Other livestock: sheep, pigs, chickens.
- Skills offered in: management of market garden and crops,
sheep, logging; most apprentices come away able to harness, hitch,
and drive teams on farm work.
- Work hours: 8 hrs/day, 44 hrs/wk.
- Terms: room & board; dates by arrangement, length by
mutual convenience; 3 apprentices at a time.
- Stipend: yes.
- Accommodations: small farm house with cooking facilities,
wood heat, outhouse; we furnish food, apprentices prepare their own
- Apprentice must: have a sincere desire to learn and be really
excited by the prospect of learning how to farm with horses; attitude
is more important than prior experience or skills. Must accept that draft training is highly structured.
- Visit first: yes.
- Trial period: 2 weeks, depending on circumstances.
Plowden Horse Logging, John
Plowden, 280 Union Hill Road, Stow, ME 04037, 207-890-7576,
firstname.lastname@example.org. We are a family run and owned horse powered logging company. We specialize
in low impact harvests focused on improving the forest for the future.
I've been working with draft horses for 14 years, and been instructing
their use in the woods to both adults and grade school students. I can
share both my knowledge and skills in the woods, and those from some of
my associates, who on occasion drop by.
- Source of power: 3 Belgians.
- Horses are used for: all aspects of logging, some fieldwork,working
both single and as a team.
- Acreage: 30+ acres leased hay and crop land; 1 in garden, 3.5 in pasture, 2 in woodlot.
- Other livestock: chickens, sheep, dogs, too many cats.
- Skills offered in: intensive low impact horse logging and driving, draft horse care (grooming and feeding),
hoof trimming, harnessing, trailering.
- Work hours: 8 hrs/day, 40 hrs/wk; dawn til dark and sometimes
- Terms: room & board; 1 apprentice at a time in summer,
fall or winter (it is best not to be in the woods during mud season),
length tailored to student.
- Stipend: no.
- Accommodations: use of cabin, meals with a family
of six; hearty home cooking, mostly organic vegies and home raised
- Apprentice must: be willing and able to work in differing
seasonal extremes in the woods, wake early, share the farm chores;
want to learn by doing; have a sincere interest in using the skills
I can teach.
Visit first: yes.
10 April 2013 Renewed
Lessons and training of horses for work (logging and haying), sport,
and show. We offer a flexible program and a variety of draft horse
- Source of power:combined technologies with 25 Shires and 3 tractors.
- Horses are used for: weekly chores, logging firewood, raking hay, pasture maintenance spring, summer, and fall, spreading manure in spring and fall.
- Acreage: 97; 7 in barnyard, 45 in hay/pasture, 45 woodland.
- Skills offered in: raising and training all-around farm and family "chore horses". We focus on the versatility of the draft for work, show, and play and include as many on-farm skills with our program as possible. We raise and train foals through adults for logging and light farm management and utilize a whole-horse learning approach toward care and training. Our programs offer endless opportunity for driving and working with a variety of drafts at different levels of training.
- Work hours: dawn to dusk most of the time, 6 days/wk.
- Terms: room & board; 2 apprentices at a time.
- Stipend: after two weeks based on percentage of income generated by apprentice's work, goal oriented miscellaneous opportunities for stipends.
- Accommodations: one-room cabin, older farmhouse offering healthy, wholesome meals, with as much homegrown as possible.
- Apprentice must: be honest and trustworthy, have a good work
ethic and a desire to learn, be respectful of humans and animals,
appreciate the value of learning from a hands-on approach.
- Visit first: if apprentice desires.
- Trial period: yes.
- Note: We are not a relocation service
for the Northeast. Please contact us only if you sincerely want an
2 May 2013 Renewed
Washburn-Norlands Living History Center,
Sheri Leahan, Director, 290 Norlands Road, Livermore, ME 04253, 207-897-4366,
Living history 19th century farm.
- Source of power: oxen, occasional tractor.
- Oxen are used for: work in woods, garden, hay rides, ice
cutting, school programs.
- Acreage: 445; 30 in hay, 400 wooded.
- Other livestock: cows, sheep, pigs, chickens.
- Skills offered in: 19th century historical research and interpretation,
curatorial duties, maple syrup making in season, equipment restoration;
seasonal farming activities, museum management, animal husbandry,
- Work hours: 8-40 hrs/wk, negotiable; may include nights and weekends.
- Terms: room possible; 1 months minimum.
- Stipend: negotiable.
- Accommodations: on site.
- Apprentice must: have a high energy level, initiative, enthusiasm,
a sense of humor; love to farm, like to work with animals, enjoy working
with children; be comfortable with outhouses, kerosene lamps, and
woodstoves for cooking and heat.
- Visit first: required.
- Trial period: yes.
1 May 2013 Renewed