Biodynamic Vegetable CSA Apprenticeship

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Camphill Village Kimberton Hills

Wes plants in the garden
Wes helps with planting in the garden!

Sankanac CSA is a 300 member CSA (Community Supported Agriculture, a model where community members buy shares in the farm) vegetable garden growing a diverse seasonal mix of vegetables, flowers, herbs, and berries on 15 acres that also tends a small herd of mixed livestock (sheep, goats, donkeys). The CSA incorporates draft horses into the operation alongside tractors and other machinery. Activities in the CSA include plant propagation, greenhouse management, pruning, crop cultivation, harvesting, tractor and equipment operation and maintenance, irrigation, livestock management, composting, and making/using the biodynamic preparations. Sankanac CSA is embedded within Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, a 432-acre farming and craft community that includes adults with developmental disabilities. Village-wide, we are deeply committed to using of biodynamic methods which allow us to strengthen our fragile ecosystem as well as provide food of the highest quality to our local community.

We offer apprenticeships modeled after the Biodynamic Association's Apprenticeship Program. CSA apprentices attend classroom trainings on biodynamics as well as receive ongoing hands-on experience and instruction in using biodynamic principles and methods.

Agricultural experience is helpful but not necessary; apprentices should be mobile on their feet and interested in a challenging but rewarding experience.

Apprentices live in a village house and share life with people of varying abilities. Members of the community, including apprentices, are full-time volunteers who receive support for living expenses such as room and board, free access to village vehicles, and a monthly stipend. The community will help cover medical costs after their first three months. They may be asked to help in the house they live in. They have one full day per week off, not necessarily on the weekend, and 21 days of vacation per year. Apprenticeships run from April 1 - March 31 most years.

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About Camphill Village Kimberton Hills

Location:

PO Box 1045, 1601 Pughtown Road, Kimberton, PA 19442, US

Mission Statement

To create and maintain a community that promotes well-being and dignity, especially including individuals with developmental disabilities; Administers land and natural resources according to the principles of biodynamic agriculture, other ecologically sound practices, and conservation.

Description

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is an agricultural and crafts community striving to restore vitality to community life and the natural enviornment. We live and work together, serving in extended family style households, craft workshops (bakery, textiles, pottery, woodwork), estate work, organic gardening and farming. The village fosters a strong cultural life of festivals, music, and art.

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

PO Box 10451601 Pughtown RoadKimberton, PA 19442

(40.1348,-75.5834)
 

SKILLS

  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Relationship Building
  • Critical Thinking
  • Farming
  • People Skills

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Full-time
  • A good sense of humor and a willingness to learn and engage in a mutually supportive environment

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