flint corn restoration project immersion experience opportunity

posted June 4, 2020

A message from Albie and Michele in Norridgewock, ME who are offering a wonderful opportunity in flint corn cultivation, harvest and processing:

June 3, 2020
Dear Friends,

We have been finding and preserving and growing out Maine and Northeast varieties of flint corn now for several years.  We have given away thousands and thousands of seeds at events and seed swaps and have made jonny cakes in a support capacity at several events including three Turtle Island Healing Ceremonies and three harvest festivals at Nibezun in Passadumkeag, Maine.  This year we have three plots in the Skowhegan area all growing the very promising Maine Flint Corn called Byron which was saved by Will Bonall of the Scatterseed Project in Industry and then shared with Pam Prodan in Wilton.  Last year we had a conference at our farm in Norridgewock with a Native American Cornkeeper elder as our keynote and other speakers to follow.  It was attended by over 70 people.  We now have several farmers growing flint corn and have a one third acre plot growing on our own land and another acre about to go in near the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan and a third plot on river bottom farm land owned by Richard and Julie Searles in Solon. 

We have a yurt on our property and an efficiency apartment with a separate entrance for a young farmer wanting an immersion experience in flint corn cultivation and harvest and processing.  Limited stipend funds are available from Fedco Seeds and the Maine Grain Alliance. All three fields will likely be planted by this week or next and we had lined up a COA student to become the corn caregiver starting in mid June but she at the last minute was unable to come and commit to the project. 

If you know an individual or young couple potentially interested in such an opportunity, please let them know about us.  We can be reached at FlintCorninMaine@gmail.com or 696-5250.

Warm regards,
Albie Barden and Michele Carmel
254 Father Rasle Rd. Norridgewock, Maine.  04957

sustainable farming internships

posted May 11, 2020

Visit the ATTRA site here to find farm internship opportunities across the country!

ATTRA is a program developed and managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). The majority of funding for ATTRA is through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service. ATTRA is committed to providing high value information and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States.


posted March 29, 2020

Announcement of Residency for 

Visual Artists
Agricultural/Natural Historians
Research Practices 
Social + Community Practices Artists
Agrarian Activists

We have created a new residency program in Downeasternmost Maine, in the little historic town of Pembroke and are pleased to open up for proposals for the 2020 Summer season. 

Greenhorns, an organization focused on the incoming generation of agro-ecological farmers, is pleased to announce this Agrarian residency program. Founded in 2008, and based here in Maine since fall of 2017, we have been hosting workshops, trainings, and running our small publishing organization from this rapturously beautiful rural headquarters and are pleased to have expanded our campus to be able to host more visitors. We run a small, highly diverse salt-water farm (Smithereen Farm) a large research library housed in a 1896 Odd Fellows hall (Instagram @reversinghall).

We invite applicants to look at the materials and photos on our sites. If you feel that this would be a place you’d like to come and work, be in touch with a letter of interest and a resume or C.V. of your previous work. Our aim is to cultivate long lasting, reciprocal and intersectional relationships with those we work with, those we host, and those whose work and intentions are aligned with ours.  

Our mission is to create a hospitable, resilient culture with those pursuing agriculture and land-based livelihoods; we want it to be fun, intersectional, irreverent and powerfully effective. 

Description of site and opportunities:
1. Pennamaquan site: two 1800’s historic houses looking out onto the river, one with kitchen and shower the other only bedrooms, Heated wood shop, Mushroom lab, Large Barn, 1 mile of river frontage, trails network, massive spring run of Alewives.
2. Reversing Hall: 1896 Odd Fellows hall, contains Research Library, performance and studio space, art materials, projector and upstairs theater, large indoor working spaces
3. Smithereen Farm home site: Organic farm and gardens, U Pick strawberries, blueberries, cane fruit etc. Coastal meadows and seashore access. 150 acres forest and trails, back cove, timber frame outdoor kitchen,  herb and seaweed drying facilities, smokehouse, composting toilet, hot shower, tipis, campsites, parking etc.

4. Large woodlands and trails networks, places to collect materials for art + studio practices
5. Kayaks and small boats for aquatic experiments, sound and other digital media tools, bikes.
6.  We have 2 Aquaculture lease sites where we are doing  ‘alternatives to plastic’ materials research projects. Would love to work with more artists/ designers on this project to discover and perfect use of biomaterials for flotation. 
7. Many boulders and elfin forests on the U Pick blueberry land, perfect for building fantasy art cabins. 
8. There are 3 large community halls in our town, and the oldest continuously operated county fairgrounds in the state of Maine. We have incredible infrastructure here for social gatherings, exhibits and large format happenings. Let’s enliven these spaces!

We invite those interested in a residency to write to us at office@greenhors.org (subject line: SUMMER 2020 RESIDENCY), and arrange for a visit to the site and an exchange about what kind of project you’d like to undertake. We have good camping facilities and luxurious tipis. As we are at the very beginning of this residency process, we’re quite flexible. We offer housing, studio space, kitchen, facilities and vegetables from the garden. In the first years of the residency there will be a work-trade aspect for residents to help us get studio spaces painted and fixed up. There is much opportunity downEast. 

Discover Bold Coast Maine. Visitors are invited to experience the gentle pull of this magical landscape, to create memories with their local hosts and newfound friends.

Tides Institute and Museum of Art, Eastport, ME. Located directly on the U.S./Canada border between New England and the Atlantic Provinces, the Tides Institute & Museum of Art weaves together a range of regional artifacts and historic restoration projects.

Pennamaquan Brochure (coming soon!)

Smithereen Farm’s Hipcamp Site, and our VISITOR GUIDE!

Its about 6 hours drive from Boston Logan to Smithereen Farm. If you want you can come by bus CONCORD TRAILWAYS to Bangor then WEST BUS to Pembroke. Some sites along the way:
Cambridge. Peabody Glass flower museum, Formaggio Kitche
Portland – Tandem coffee, eventide/ honeypaw restaurants, okay coop, Rosemont – Market, eco groovy shopping zone, heritage seaweed shop, SPACE gallery and Art Museum downtown and across the road amazing consignment store to buy (but not sell). Vinland restaurant, other slow food restaurants, fermentors and beers etc. 
Brunswick, Coop and nice bean factory, Bowdoin College museum and campus.
Maine Maritime Museum – BATH, also Coop and historic downtown and waterfront, good stop for a walk, pee, nibble.
Rockland – Fancy food store, marjuana store, tides institute gift shop, Museums ( especially the Sail and Steam museum which is not in downtown but just nearby) Tern in the Road Coop-BEST! And amazing old book store on main street.
Belfast – Coop, Nice hardware store and eco store on Main Street
Maine Marine Museum- Searsport, awesome kid friendly exhibits.
Ellsworth – wonderful library and walkable riverfront, fancy food store, ATM machines, Mac store, antique shop that is good.
Skowhegan – Amazing mill and store next to historic grange, cool town and art residency that you aren’t supposed to visit but can.
Bangor – Tiller and Rye Natural foods, best downeast for prices, selection.
Blue Hill – if you must, COOP and wine shop and cuties.
Machias – Wine/Cheese shop, last ATM
Take the back way ( after Ellsworth at the Tideway market turn LEFT towards Franklin).
Cherryfield – nice town along river, do a circle and nice antiques shop.
Columbia Falls – visit nice farmy general store and Ruggles house and Downeast Salmon offices.
Millbridge – beloved for authentic Mexican Burritos.
Whiting/ Edmunds – Tide Mill Farm stand.
Lubec – Brewery , Sardine Museum,  Farmstands galore, feral apple collections down North Lubec Road.
Eastport – Awesome library and downtown arts, tides institute, lobster by the water, local foods at Coop and IGA.

Farm Apprenticeship in Wiscasset, ME

posted November 5, 2019

Chewonki is accepting applications for their Farm Apprentice position beginning in January 2020!

Chewonki is a school, camp, and environmental education organization based in Wiscasset, Maine, that inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives. Chewonki is a 501(c) non-profit organization.

(C) Jock Montgomery Photography

The Farm Apprentice is a year-long position that aids in all aspects of Chewonki’s small, diversified farm, including livestock, pasture, and diversified vegetable production and integrates Chewonki students and participants into all production systems. For a complete position description and application instructions, please visit the Chewonki Employment Opportunities page. Applications are due November 17th, 2019. 

Please see https://farm.chewonki.org/ for more information about Chewonki’s Farm and Food System.

Position Title: Farm Apprentice
Department/Program: Farm
Employment Category: F-A 
Permanent/Temporary: Temporary
Reports to: Farm Manager
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Schedule (hours and weeks): Full-time January 13, 2020 – January 10, 2021
Benefits Eligible: LC3 health insurance

temple-wilton community farm in new hampshire are seeking an apprentice!

posted August 22, 2018

credit: temple-wilton community farm

Temple-Wilton Community Farm is seeking a vegetable and/or cheese apprentice for the months of September and October, 2018. There is space for two candidates but it is possible the right person could split time between both operations if so interested. Besides the many hours dedicated to training, you will be provided with a bedroom in a beautiful apartment with other farm workers, access to all foods produced by the farm, WiFi, and a stipend of $500/ month.

About the Temple-Wilton Community farm:
The Temple-Wilton Community Farm was formed during the winter of 1985/1986 and is the oldest continuously operating CSA in the United States. They produce a full range of vegetables for our CSA members, including many storage vegetables that take them through the winter and into the following spring. They also provide milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs and meat for our members and sell surplus to the public. In addition they buy in a number of other items which are also for sale to the public in our farm store. In 2016 they became a Member Owned Cooperative. See twcfarm.com for more information.
Here is what they have to say about the apprenticeships on offer:
Vegetable Apprenticeship
As the planting phase of our season has come to a close, work with vegetables will center around cultivating and harvesting a diversity of crops with special emphasis on harvesting our storage crops to last us through the winter– carrots, parsnips, beets, potatoes, endive, celeriac, turnips, radishes, rutabaga, etc. Other tasks will include regular setup of our farm store, clearing and laying the fields to rest in cover crops, making compost with crop residues, making and spraying biodynamic preparations, and planting garlic to be overwintered.
The rhythm of the work is determined entirely by the needs of the many different crops that we grow, so our schedules must be very flexible. In general, the work day will be from 7am to 12:30pm and 2pm until 5-6pm depending on what tasks need to be completed. Sundays are generally off but there are some exceptions, especially during the big harvest season when we all need to be fully available to meet the needs of the farm.
As a member of the vegetable crew you would be working with head gardener Jacob Holubeck and two other apprentices. Depending on how the season unfolds there may be opportunities to continue on as well. If you enjoy fall in New England and productive work outdoors, this may be the opportunity you have been waiting for!
If you are interested in applying for the work in the vegetable fields please contact Jacob Holubeck at jaholubeck@gmail.com, or call him at 603-831-1213.
Cheese Apprenticeship
Abbot Hill Creamery offers a practical training in cheese making. What you learn will depend mostly on what you wish to learn and are capable of. There is also space to do your own projects, such as making or developing a new cheese.
Necessary Qualities of a Cheese Apprentice:
  • Loves cheese!
  • Sincere interest in learning how to make and sell cheese
  • Hard working
  • Pays meticulous attention to detail and order
  • Gives attention to cleanliness and takes joy in cleaning (70% of cheese making is washing things)
  • Always tries to give their best
  • Ability to work alone and take on responsibilities
Computer skills are welcome as well as a willingness to do some chores on the farm. A love for animals is much appreciated.
What you will learn:
  • How to make many different kinds of cheese including (but not limited to) Gouda, Alpine Style, Quark, Blue Cheese, Camembert, Parmesan, Mozzarella, and Feta
  • How to make yoghurt
  • Cave Management (washing, brining, flipping, and overall age management of cheese)
  • Selling cheese
If you are interested in making cheese with their small and diverse creamery, please contact their friendly cheese maker Benjamin at bjonas.meier@gmail.com

northland sheep dairy seeking apprentice for 2018 season.

posted November 7, 2017

Northland Sheep Dairy in Marathon NY are seeking a teamster apprentice for the 2018 season. Northland is the oldest continuously operating sheep dairy in the United States. Their farm operates in a traditional pastoral style, making sheep milk cheeses seasonally from their small flock of 100% grass fed ewes. Their cheeses are truly handmade in small batches from their own raw sheep milk. They use organic lamb rennet and cave age all of their own cheeses. The work on the farm is done with draft horses and mules and they pay homage to these great work partners. They also offer 100% grass fed lamb  seasonally and sheepskins and wool products.

To apply for the position or to find out more, contact Donn Hewes by email: tripletree@frontiernet.net or phone: 607-849-4442.

apprenticeships in regenerative ranching and farming

posted October 31, 2017

credit: Quivira coalition/Cobblestone Ranch

The Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program (NAP) is partnering with skilled ranchers and farmers to offer apprenticeships in regenerative agriculture. Together, they create opportunities for full-immersion learning from expert practitioners. This program is designed to support the next generation of food producers and targets those with a sincere commitment to life at the intersection of conservation and regenerative agriculture. NAP mentors are dedicated stewards of the land; they practice regenerative methods of food or fiber production, provide excellent animal care, and are skilled and enthusiastic teachers.  (more…)

inspiring apprenticeship model on common hands farm philmont, ny

posted February 6, 2017


We share the following apprenticeship program as much for the potential apprentices as we do for all the farms out there who either run or would someday like to host apprenticeship programs. Common Hands Farm, a 150-acre biodynamic CSA farm in New York’s Hudson Valley, has a unique three-part internship broken up by Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons. The uncompensated spring block leans heavily on classroom and practical instruction in biodynamic farming; the stipended summer block focuses on practical work experience on the farm; and the fall specialization program allows apprentices to take on responsibility and projects of their own direction around the farm with the potential to transition into paid staff.

Full program description is included below the break. Application information is available at the very bottom of the page. (more…)

apprentice on a regenerative ranch

posted October 26, 2016


Apprenticeships in Regenerative Ranching and Farming

Offered through The Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program on partner ranches and farms in New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, and California

The Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program (NAP) partners with skilled ranchers and farmers to offer annual apprenticeships in regenerative agriculture. Together, we create opportunities for comprehensive, full-immersion experiential learning from expert practitioners in professional settings. This program is designed to support the next generation of food producers and specifically targets first-career professionals with a sincere commitment to life at the intersection of conservation and regenerative agriculture. NAP mentors are dedicated stewards of the land; they practice intentional, regenerative methods of food or fiber production, provide excellent animal care, and are skilled and enthusiastic teachers.

In 2017, we are offering seven paid apprenticeship opportunities including:

  • San Juan Ranch (Saguache, CO): San Juan Ranch is a certified organic, grass-fed beef ranch operated by George Whitten and Julie Sullivan. The apprenticeship curriculum includes Holistic Management, low-stress animal husbandry, (more…)

maine dairy: eight generations and counting

posted August 23, 2016

Meet Your Farmer – Tide Mill Farm from Pull-Start Pictures on Vimeo, featuring Aaron Bell and Carly DelSignore and their four children. Aaron is the 8th generation of the Bell family that has lived on Tide Mill Farm, where they now raise chickens, pigs, dairy cows, and beef, along with two acres of mixed vegetables. They are also featured in the critically-acclaimed documentary Betting the Farma film about a milk marketing-coop they formed with other Maine dairy farmers.

Word on the street is that they’re hiring for their apprentice program too! Learn more about that here.