Conway, Massachusetts USA

natural roots, conway, ma
Above: Good Farming Apprenticeship Network
participant Natural Roots, Conway, MA
USA, is a small-scale diversified operation.
Natural Roots
David Fisher & Anna Maclay
888 Shelburne Falls Road
Conway, MA 01341

Small-scale diversified operation with a focus on sustainable integrated market gardening and livestock production.

  • Source of power: 5 horses.
  • Horses are used for: all field work including plowing, harrowing, cultivating, potato hilling and digging, mowing, spreading manure,
    spraying liquid amendments, hay making, wagon work, and general
    woods work.
  • Acreage: 63; 7 in cultivation of market garden crops, 15 in hay and pasture.
  • Other livestock: hogs, chickens.
  • Skills offered in: draft horse care and applied teamster skills; involvement in nearly all aspects of the farm, especially vegetable production, biological soil fertility, cover cropping, weed control, pasture management, horse-powered loose hay making, marketing through
    our on-farm CSA, general construction, livestock management,
    start-up considerations.
  • Work hours: 10-11 hrs/day, 5 1/2 days/wk.
  • Terms: room and board in exchange for learning and work; 2-3 internships positions March to mid-December.
  • Stipend: $500/month plus $50 bonus/month.
  • Accommodations: simple one-room rustic cabins, all food staples are provided including basic organic kitchen staples and all-you-can-eat
    farm produce; some meals are shared, some are independent.
  • Apprentice must have: minimum one year of commercial vegetable production experience and a serious interest in a career in farming. Apprentices must also have a quick mind, good observation skills, and good mental retention, a respectful and positive attitude, energy, endurance, and enthusiasm, an eagerness to learn, hardiness to
    rustic living and physically demanding work, patience, honesty,
    and a commitment to communication.
  • Visit first: yes.
  • Trail period: no.

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