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Lazy Heron Farm
Holt Akers-Campbell
5546 Old Thompson Rd,
Norwood, North Carolina 28128

Lazy Heron Farm is a new draft horse-powered vegetable farm in Stanly County, NC, located in the fork between the Rocky and Pee Dee Rivers. We use organic growing practices which emphasize compost and cover crops to serve a CSA, two planned markets, and stores/restaurants. We are looking for a motivated individual to join our crew for 2017!
  • Source of power: 2 draft horses
  • Draft Animals are used for: 2 Suffolk Punch horses used for all tillage and cultivation. Landlord's tractor for mowing field edges and turning compost.
  • Non-draft animals: Will keep small number of laying hens, pigs, and meat birds in 2017.
  • Acreage: 170 acres. 4 in garden, 4 in pasture, remainder in grassland and forest.
  • Skills offered in: The apprentice will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of running a small scale, horse powered vegetable farm.
  • Work hours: 40 hour work week. There are times when we all need to be working, such as CSA and market harvests. Generally, we will be working Monday-Friday and Saturday morning market, though the apprentice's hours are somewhat flexible. The apprentice should keep track of their own hours and communicate their schedule in advance. There may be weekends when the apprentice is asked to do horse chores. This will count toward their 40 hours.
  • Length of apprenticeship: March 6-November 10
  • Terms: room & board;
  • Accommodations: Primitive, seasonal lodging with basic furnishings. Separate shared outdoor ktichen and shower
  • Meals: Shared lunch on rotational cooking basis, some other meals may be shared.
  • Experience for Apprentice : You can expect to be exposed to all and given independence in some of the following:
    1. Greenhouse seeding and management
    2. Horse care, handling, harnessing, rotational grazing
    3. Some draft horse driving and implement usage based on interest
    4. Field rotations, tillage, cover cropping, and fertility
    5. Harvesting
    6. Weed management
    7. Seeding and transplanting
    8. Building and repairs as needed
    9. CSA management, store deliveries
    10. Some tractor work—mowing and compost turning—as needed and based on interest
    11. Farmers market sales
    12. Animal husbandry. This year we expect to raise a few pigs, have an on farm poultry slaughter, and keep a small number of laying hens.
  • Expectations: Strong work ethic and desire to learn a wide variety of farming skills is most important
  • Visit first: if apprentice desires.
  • Stipend: $400/month.

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