graziers wanted in NY

posted February 27, 2017

grazier, ny, greenhorns,

We’ve come across a cool program for aspiring dairy farmers! If you’ve been mulling over the various routes get into dairy perhaps this is worth looking into.

From the press release:

Cornell Small Dairy Support Specialist Fay Benson is recruiting participants for the New York edition of the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program, the groundbreaking, nationally-recognized apprenticeship program for the agricultu
ral industry.

Modeled after apprenticeship programs such as those for developing a highly skilled level of experience for new plumbers and electricians, the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, or DGA, is recognized by the federal Department of Labor.

The two-year DGA requires 4,000 hours of instruction, including 277 hours of online classes, and on-the-job training on farms approved for good agricultural practices and safety measures. The federally-registered apprentices are paid on an established wage scale to work on an existing grazing dairy farm while they gain knowledge, skills, and early experience. The wage increases over time as skill level grows.

Those interested in becoming an apprentice or serving as a Dairy Master Grazier may apply online at www.dga-national.org; for assistance, contact Abbie Teeter at ajt248@cornell.edu, 607-391-2660 ext 412. Once registered, the apprentices and Dairy Master Graziers can search the entries across the 9-state region to initiate discussion of a possible apprenticeship opportunity.

To learn more about the New York Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, contact Fay Benson at 607-391-2660, afb3@cornell.edu. Benson is project manager for the NY Organic Dairy Program, an educator with the Cornell University South Central NY Regional Team, coordinator of the NY Soil Health Trailer, and a member of the New York Crop Insurance Education Team.


dairy grazing apprenticeships

posted May 18, 2013

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http://www.dairygrazingapprenticeship.org/welcome

Earn while you learn! The Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship is the first legally recognized, fully accredited apprenticeship for farming in the United States.

Mission

The Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship of GrassWorks, Inc., is dedicated to providing a guided pathway to independent dairy farm ownership, developing grazing careers, and strengthening the economic and environmental well-being of rural communities and the dairy industry.

We accomplish this mission by:

  • Linking current and aspiring graziers in the transfer of farms and graziers skills and knowledge.
  • Developing alliances with agricultural, environmental, and consumer groups.
  • Providing opportunities for farmers and their customers to invest in the next generation of grazing farmers.

Learn more


+++greenhorns farm/office apprentice+++

posted July 30, 2008

The Greenhorns is a small, volunteer driven organization whose mission is to support, recruit and promote young farmers in America.  Our main focus is the production of a documentary film called “The Greenhorns”. (You can watch the trailer at www.thegreenhorns.net/trailer.)

We are looking for a dedicated farm/office apprentice.
Part time indoors. Part time outdoors. This is a residential internship on an organically managed farm in the Hudson Valley.

Description of Duties.

Our work consists of:
Film Production- Making the film ‘The Greenhorns’

Media Communications/Promotion
Writing the Book

Young Farmer mentorship/support/networking

Publications for young Farmers.

Marketing Paraphenalia for young farmers

Library+Film Library, film festival outreach to schools

Web resources and presence: Blog, WIKI, website, Mapping project:
www.serveyourcountryfood.net/foryoungfarmers.wikispace.com/www.thegreenhorns.wordpress.com

Conference for Young Farmers at stone barns

Outreach at other conferences-tabling

Workshops for young farmers at Slow Food Nation/Terra Madre

Events for young farmers- including Rabbit Roast.
Fundraising for the above projects

Outreach for above projects

Networking for above projects

Locational Specifics:
We are based in Red Hook, NY in the offices of Hudsonia Institute. 7539 North Broadway, Red Hook NY. We are easily accessible to NYC on Amtrak(Rhinecliff) and MTA (Poughkeepsie). The Farm-house is located near the Village of Nevis on the border of Columbia County/Dutchess County.

Your needs:
It helps to have a car, but its not imperative. We have a ultility bike for your use, please bring a helmet, blinky light, headlamp, sleeping gear, towel etc. The bike has an electric-assist motor. If you have pruners, favorite tools etc. bring them. If you have favorite pens or a personal laptop you may use them–we have a computer for you to use as well as printer/fax/scanner etc. Severine/the Greenhorns has a vegetable oil powered Mercedes wagon for farm-chores, shoots and daily commuting.

Farm Daily duties:
Care of rabbits, ducks, geese, turkeys, chickens. Large organic Garden, and edible landscape installations. Seasonal management of rare fruit orchard. Processing of herbs for tea. Processing of animals for meat. Collecting eggs, weeding, watering, harvesting, planting seedlings, plant propagation, cleaning cages, fuel filtration, cooking, wildcrafting, jam/syrup making, various fermentation projects and craft dying. etc. Chores- minding the ship while the director of Greenhorns is away on shoots. There is potential to get involved in more animals if the intern is committed. Larger farming space is avail next year for increased production of fruits, herbs and specialty vegetables for dehydration.

Usually the farming work happens in the morning and evening, and the office work happens in the heat of the day. Its a pretty good schedule. The office is 30 min bike ride from the farm-house, the big garden is 15 mins from the farm-house, the orchard is 40 mins drive from the farm-house. Its full on, but great fun.

Greenhorns work:
Its in the office folks, and there is air conditioning! Administrative work, filing, library management, film production assistant, logistics/travel, research, communication with young farmers, outreach to various groups, random errands, events planning, donations gathering, publications outreach. (Editing, Logging tapes, Organizing photos, writing transcripts, editing texts, photoshopping, layout work, workshop preparations, conference outreach preparations)

You should be:
Quick, Strong, Brave, Determined. Happy-go-lucky and ambitious.

Preferably with an agricultural background or experience with organic gardening. Preferably with some non profit/organizational/activist experience– but if you are quick enough that doesn’t matter. Muscles help, and a willingness to work in the sunshine when its hot. There is a great river, pond and lake for swimming right next to the house and on the farm. Confident, good communications, commitment to sustainable agriculture and preferably someone who wants to be a farmer. Good writing skills key! Good self-motivation and structured work-pace good. Math skills? Film skills? Great with grants? Wonderful.

About the work:
It is quite an intense working environment with dedicated team of agricultural activists, especially working with Severine, director of greenhorns on a lot of administrative stuff. Room and Board are of highest quality in a lovely space- meals are shared and prepared in a cooperative manner from the farm, local farm stands and all organic staples. Visitors and collaborators are visiting pretty much every weekend–events are peppered quite densely throughout. Everyday adventures, early to bed, early to rise.

Stipend $500 per month to cover personal expenses. This is not a money job, its a heart mission skill work job. Come in with the expectation that you’ll be stretched, worked and nurtured, but not terribly well paid. This can be for the summer, or on a month by month basis. Trial period is one month. Most of these things are up for discussion if you are really the right person for the job.

Read more about us and the project on the website: www.thegreenhorns.net

Starts ASAP.

Please send a resume and one page letter of interest to
Severine@pixiepoppins.org