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We have a limited amount of work opportunities on a seasonal basis here on the farm. We offer two on farm apprenticeships each growing season, and apprentices are offered use of our rustic cabin for lodging. Farm hours can be long and strenuous, but if one is interested in learning how to grow food crops in an organic way, the learning opportunities are endless!

Apprentices can expect to work 40-50 hours a week, and be instructed in such methods as seed starting, greenhouse and hoop house growing, field work, prepping vegetables for market, selling produce and interacting with our customers at market, and more. Apprentices can also expect to learn self sufficiency and simple homesteading living skills as well as other skills to be discussed upon hiring based on need and desire. We are interested in the development and education of future farmers and we are dedicated to making your apprenticeship here on the farm enriching for both of us. Apprentices are provided farm fresh meals for breakfast and lunch, and often we eat outside, weather permitting. Apprenticeships are expected to last the duration of the season, and working interviews will be scheduled to make sure its a good fit for all before acceptance.

In addition to the traditional farm apprenticeship position, we are also offering a new position this year, the farmwyfe apprentice. This apprentice will learn a half-time traditional farm apprenticeship, and in addition will learn traditional farm kitchen skills as well. These skills may include but are not limited to scratch cooking, wood-fired oven baking, all forms of food preservation, cheese making, herbal medicine making, soap making, wild foraging and more….

If interested in on-farm learning opportunities, compensation and more details, please send us a letter of interest, and details about your desire to learn and any previous experience you may have in farm work. The letter of interest can either be sent via email or to the farm directly at: Blue Dog Family Farm, 130 Hastings Court, Bangor, MI 49013.

Blue Dog Family Farm
Bangor, Michigan
616-745-2741
farmers@bluedogfamilyfarm.com