Above: Good Farming Apprenticeship Network
participant Natural Roots,
Conway, MA USA, is a small-scale diversified operation.
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
63; 7 in cultivation of market garden crops, 15 in hay and pasture.
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,
Work hours: 10-11 hrs/day, 5 1/2 days/wk.
room and board in exchange for learning and work;
2-3 internships positions March to mid-December.
$500/month plus $50 bonus/month.
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.