Are you interested in learning how to make cider, grow apples, or run a small farm based business? Consider our 2021 farm apprenticeship at Eve's Cidery.
Come be part of our family farm and learn about growing apples specifically for cider with over 50 different traditional cider varieties on a certified organic and bio-intensively managed orchard. We believe that making great cider starts in the orchard and is followed by discipline and restraint in the cidery. This apprenticeship flows with the natural cycle of farming and cider making: from bottling and planting in the spring, to disgorging sparkling cider, to harvest, pressing and everything else in between.
We are looking for someone who feels comfortable working in a non-hierarchical family farm setting, is easy to get along with, and has a great work ethic. The ideal candidate has a strong interest in farming or cider-making, ideally both. Experience is not necessary, but you must be willing to learn to do the following: operate farm machinery like tractors, do manual repetitive labor all day for days, work outside in the cold and heat, work inside in a damp chilly cider barn, work alone or with people, talk cider, drink cider, taste cider, sell cider and almost never do the same thing for very long. We value diverse perspectives. Someone who enjoys children is a plus. Women, indigenous, and people of color are highly encouraged to apply. We are an LGBTQ safe space.
Pay is a combination of wages, lodging and food. In exchange for working 40 hours per week, you will receive $8.50 per hour, a cute cabin to live in with access to a shared bathroom, and vegetables and fruits from our farm. You'll be living on a 75 acre farm with fields, woods, ponds, a world class trout stream and lots of room to hike, forage, swim and commune with nature. Ithaca is a 35 minute drive.
COVID UPDATE: We follow social distancing protocols with our friends, family and coworkers. For us, that means frequent hand washing and sanitizing procedures, wearing masks when working in the cider barn, or out of doors closer than 6' apart and extra sanitizing and cleaning of shared spaces.
Timing is flexible but we would prefer to start the apprenticeship in mid-winter and have it run until the end of the year.
Please send a letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 25th, 2021. We are interested in hearing more about why you think this is an experience that would be a good fit for you and less about your 'credentials'. However, including a resume will help us understand how this apprenticeship would fit into the journey of your life.