· Working at D Acres > Apprenticeship
Apprentices are willing workers, motivated to experience the realities of living and working communally at a small-scale organic farm and education center. Apprentices have an interest in sustainable living and generally come to the program with little experience practicing these skills. The Apprenticeship program is designed as a hands-on practical experience in farming and sustainable living. Although there is no set curriculum, individuals participate in the seasonal duties pertinent to the farm operations. They receive instruction and supervision in the day-to-day workings of the homestead. Individuals apprentice at the farm a minimum of 26 hours a week, receive room and board, and participate in many of the same activities as the residents. In addition to the scheduled 26 required hours, all members of the community participate in basic tasks such as meal preparation, community meetings, and housekeeping in the community building.
A general farm apprenticeship, or an apprenticeship focusing on forestry, kitchen and cooking, organic gardening, and alternative building, is available on a seasonal basis. Tuition for participation in the Apprenticeship program is: $20/day, $125/week, $400/month, and $100/week after a one-month period. A minimal stay of 6 weeks is recommended.
Timecards and work descriptions are entered daily into the D Acres computer. All Apprentices are required to sign a waiver releasing D Acres of New Hampshire, Bet Realty (the organization that owns the land and buildings) and the Trought Family from any liability for injury.
Apprentices enjoy: three meals a day utilizing food sourced on-site and though an organic distributor, use of telephone during non-business hours, access to wireless internet, rustic living accommodations, the great outdoors of NH, use of the library and facilities of D Acres of New Hampshire. Apprentices are encouraged to participate in all on-site workshops and events. This is an opportunity to gain knowledge in a certain field while experiencing communal living, decision-making, and networking in an environment that encourages sustainable practices. Participants are expected to actively engage in this immersion program to accomplish personal learning objectives and organizational success. Apprentices can transition to intern status upon evaluation.
Looking for College Credit?
A PhD faculty person is available to do on-site evaluations in collaboration with your faculty advisor. If college credit is to be received D Acres requires submission of a learning contract with the sponsoring agency prior to arrival.
What program is right?
We ask applicants to self-select their roles as Interns or Apprentices, though the ultimate decision of Intern or Apprentice category is subject to staff discretion based on the application and interview process.
The online application form will ask you to indicate your preferred start date at D Acres. If you are invited to join us for the apprenticeship program you will be asked send a deposit of $200 (applicable toward total your tuition payment) within 3 weeks of being invited in order to hold your place. If you later find that you cannot participate in the program, 50% of your deposit will be returned if you notify us that you will not be coming more than 2 weeks prior to your arrival date.