Apprenticeships

One of our goals with farming is to pass on our skills & excitement to others.  We do that in several ways but one way is through an apprentice program.  We have had apprentices come through many avenues for varied lengths of time.

MOFGA    http://www.mofga.org/Programs/FarmApprenticeships/tabid/502/Default.aspx

WWOOF  http://www.wwoofusa.org/

HelpX  http://www.helpx.net/index.asp

“MOFGA’s Farm Apprenticeship program connects people wanting to learn organic farming with experienced farmers willing to share their expertise. The typical arrangement involves an exchange of labor for room, board, a stipend, and informal, intensive training and experience in farming.”

Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is an organization which helps pair someone hoping to spend time working on a farm with a farmer willing to host that volunteer. This is not a paid job, but an internship where a person or family stays on a farm and helps with daily work in exchange for room and board. WWOOFING is a great way to travel and a wonderful way to work on a farm without actually having to invest in one yourself. . We participate in WWOOF in order to get some help on the farm (there is always another project to be done) and to meet and learn about new people from around the country and around the world. If you are interested at staying at our farm for a period of a week or more, please consider buying a WWOOF membership ($30 for one year) and looking up our farm (just search “Hamilton Farm”). Once you get in touch with  us we can discuss expectations and individual needs. If you’re interested in doing a farm stay at Hamilton Farm but for some reason do not want to do it through WWOOF, please contact us. Although WWOOF is the easiest way to negotiate a visit, we will try to work with you. We’ve had many great experiences with interns, here’s a blog that a student wrote about the month she spent here for her high school senior project: http://voices.greensboroday.org/talbotm/.

 

 

 

If you are interested in a more intensive “training” on the farm in either cheesemaking or animal husbandry & dont have a large chunk of time available.  We offer several opportunities to experience & learn.

 

We offer 2 day workshops (see workshop pages)

We offer ~

“Spend the day with a Farmer”

“Spend a day with a Cheesemaker”

If you have a week or two & really want an intensive hands on learning opportunity – our farm is the place for  you!

 

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many hands make light work – especially with a strong wind heading our way!

Graham constructing a cheese box for the creamery

Graham busy at work constructing a cheese box for the creamery

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Helena busy at work weeding the tiny seedlings

Chris and some helpers celebrate a successful burn pile

Chris and some helpers celebrate a successful burn pile

WWOOFers

Four WWOOFers from NYC experiencing life on a Maine Farm

Lucas is hard at work playing in the mud.

Lucas is hard at work playing in the mud.

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Kaitlyn was so proud of the new ramp! The milking animals love it Kaitlyn.

Grand Opening

For the boys from NYC having the opportunity to walk in the Whitefield 4th of July parade was … well – an experience!

 

 

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Helping the the evening milking

Milad weeding with joy!

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