We are always looking for the next apprentice. Please see the general description below. Our 4 month program rotates every spring, summer, and fall with opportunities to stay on longer as our farmhand needs allow.
Must be male, due to our on-farm housing situation.
Must be at least 18 years old and have a clean driving record.
Email qualified resumes to Grady Phelam, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Farm Manager, Grady Phelan, was lucky enough to work for Polyface Farms, where he was surrounded by a team of the highest caliber. We are seeking the same type of person that would apply for a position at Polyface, and have borrowed heavily from their job description language.
We are seeking a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, self-starter, eager-beaver, situationally aware, go-get-'em, teachable, positive, non-complaining, grateful, rejoicing, get'er done, dependable, faithful, perseverant, take-responsibility, professional individual. We require a two-day "checkout" prior to acceptance. You are responsible for travel expenses during your checkout, but Cobb Creek will house and feed you during your stay. Our choice will be based on performance, attitude and the best interest of the Farm. Apprentices must commit to a 4-month stay, with a possible extension based on our farmhand needs.
Room and (some) board are provided during the apprenticeship. Accommodations consist of a simple room with a kitchen and bunk-style sleeping quarters. Adjacent to the quarters is a full bath with plenty of hot water to wash off the grime of a hard day's work. Our apprentice accommodations do not include a phone, although the Farm office and Phelans' home have wifi that can be accessed on a regular basis. Breakfast and lunch will be on your own, but evening meals will be with the Phelan family. Sunday night fare is light, but apprentices are welcome to hang out and dine on any leftovers from the previous week. Plus you’ll have access to all the farm-raised chicken you can eat!
Starting stipend is $300 per month. Must be at least 18 years of age at start of apprenticeship. Work schedule is seven days per week. Saturday work is usually minimal, and Sundays are usually chores only. We expect you to join in and work when we work, which sometimes includes nights as well as days. Raising livestock is a selfless occupation, and we expect you to care for the animals first and put all non-essential activities on hold if the livestock need your care. Family is first, followed by livestock care.
Most of the time you will work alongside Grady and Ian, but as you gain experience and ability, we will turn you loose on projects and animal care. We won’t ever ask you to do something we wouldn’t do ourselves. Farming is full of diverse, hard, yet very rewarding work.
Like any experience, you will get out of it what you put into it. We have attainable benchmarks, but they require effort and sweat. You’ll be amazed by how magnificently your physique will react to hard work on the farm. Emotionally, you get to know what you did that day, why it was important, and feel great about it! Some days will be tough, tougher than anything you have ever experienced, but after it's all said and done, you’ll be surprised how long you will smile about your time at Cobb Creek Farm.