DEAR NEW FARM:
I just found your site. I run a small farm in northwest Massachusetts
and am looking to plan for the 2004 season. For me this depends
entirely on finding four totally reliable and mature helpers willing
to work hard in exchange for a place to live, a share of the harvest,
and a small monthly stipend that won't make anyone rich. Perks include
living in an area that is rich in natural beauty and culture (while
close to necessary amenities) and opportunities for rest and relaxation
There are a number of places where you can list your farm and your
North East Workers on Organic Farms (NEWOOF) (www.smallfarm.org/newoof/newoof.html)
is a regional farm apprenticeship placement service sponsored by
the New England Small Farm Institute (www.smallfarm.org).
Apprentices generally sign on for the entire season and typically
come with a deep interest in becoming farmers themselves. There
is an $18 fee to list your farm.
Or, for a suggested $5 donation, you can list your farm at World-Wide
Opportunities on Organic Farms-USA (http://wwoofusa.org),
part of a global network linking volunteers with organic farmers
in order to promote educational exchange and to build a community
conscious of ecological farming practices.
Last but not least, Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas
(ATTRA) National Sustainable Agriculture Information Services offers
a free regional listing at http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/intern.html
in order to help farmers and apprentices connect with each other.
The site boasts more than 1 million visitors a month.
Editor’s note: New Farm had a couple
of interesting email exchanges with Lucia, who shared with us her
vision for a frequent coming together of farmer and apprentices
to communicate their perceptions and experiences in order to evaluate
the lessons, challenges, and inspiration that each week of farm
work brings. If this is the kind of apprenticeship you’re
looking for, Lucia says you can contact
her directly via email to learn more about the Lightwing Farm