Maine Coast Heritage Trust is offering two apprenticeships at Aldermere Farm for individuals pursuing careers in agriculture. The lessons they learn go beyond the logistics of farm operations. During their time at the farm apprentices engage with the community through educational agricultural programs, which teach about the local food system—food production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management – through the lens of environmental conservation and community well-being. Each apprenticeship will include a monthly stipend, benefits, shared housing, training and supervision. The duration of an apprenticeship may last from 6 months up to 2 years depending on an apprentice’s needs.
An apprentice can choose to specialize in general farm operations or cattle management. Both will gain experience managing all facets of a 136-acre property and beef farm operation, including pasture, field and woodlot management; building and equipment upkeep; the logistics of hay and baleage production and rotational grazing; and developing annual plans to manage a herd’s health, reproduction, and nutrition. Apprentices also help lead ag programs for youth, like the Aldermere Achievers 4-H Club and the Farm Hands after-school program. Previous experience farming and educating youth and/or adults are preferred.
More information about Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Aldermere Farm is available online at aldermere.org. For more information about the apprenticeships and to apply, contact the Aldermere Farm office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-236-2739.