Meet the WCFP 2019 Team
Alex Zaremba, Farm Apprentice I began farming after taking more of an interest in understanding where my food comes from 4 years ago. Before that I had been a camp counselor for many years and had a love of working outdoors. Recently I have been interested in the ties between agriculture and climate change, and that is one main reason I decided to come to WCFP – to learn and farm with a purpose! Outside of work, I enjoy playing basketball, cooking vegan meals and dancing. Favorite Veggie: Roasted brussel sprouts with a little bit of salt Favorite Book: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Fun Fact: I once stopped a moving train with my bare hands.
Emalee Lally, Farm Apprentice Ever since receiving my first CSA box of fresh produce I have been inspired to grow a greater connection to the food system. I lived in Rhode Island for two years working for a nonprofit addressing homelessness and volunteering for Farm Fresh Rhode Island, a local CSA program. I found that incorporating more plants into my diet was changing my life by dramatically improving my health, allowing me to better serve others, and shifting my career focus to issues of community health and sustainable food systems. WCFP has given me the opportunity to gain direct experience working on a farm and will allow me to grow both personally by getting out of my comfort zone, and professionally in this important field. The best day off for me would start with yoga, then a nice local hike, completed by relaxing with a good beer, delicious food and closest friends. Favorite Veggie: My go-to easy plant-based dinner is a big baked sweet potato stacked with massaged kale, simple tahini dressing, lots of black beans, salsa and cilantro. Favorite Book: Impact Man was a very relatable, inspiring book to me. Fun Fact: I was involved in the restaurant industry for seven years and served at one of the top wedding venues in the US.
Olivia Evans, Farm Apprentice Prior to WCFP, I was doing trail and fence construction work with a conservation corps, and before that I was studying Asian American Studies. I’m especially interested in how community engaged farms can help to sustain a diversity of cultures, lifestyles, and relationships to the earth. The WCFP Apprenticeship felt like a natural next step in exploring the connections between community building and environmental stewardship. I’m excited to have the opportunity to create a Heritage Garden as part of my apprenticeship! Currently planted are Chinese, Indonesian and Lenni-Lenape culturally important vegetables. Through this project I hope to learn more about the importance of growing culturally relevant produce for different communities. I am inspired by all the farmers and gardeners who have grown these vegetables for many years. Favorite Veggie: baby bok choy. Favorite Movie: Up. Outside of work you will find me doodling, singing, and reading tarot cards.
Silvio McIntosh, Farm Apprentice I have 17 years of farming and gardening experiences coupled with service, community living, activism, solidarity work, adventure and simple living from NC to NY and from Senegal to Hawaii. Willow Creek is a great place for me to recenter, use my skills and knowledge, be supported in achieving life goals and enjoy good work with good people. Outside of work I enjoy exploring off the beaten path in nature, walking, travel, swimming, spending time with friends, kayaking and playing guitar. I feel grateful to be alive each and every day. Favorite Veggie: In this moment: yellow crookneck summer squash sauteed in butter with onions, garlic, green peppers and eggs, salt and pepper… MmmAggghhh. Favorite Book: Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America. Fun Fact: I’m into whips, chains, and leather (I like working with draft oxen, hahaha!).
Employment Opportunities 2019
JOB TITLE: Learning Barn Farm Shoppe – Fiber Artist/Retail Associates
The primary function is to assist with all retail and educational activities of Willow Creek Farm Preserve’s (WCFP) Learning Barn Farm Shoppe. Fiber Artist/Retail Associates will be responsible for supporting the sale of yarn, local products and leading the farm’s interactions with the public through education and engagement with fiber arts for our community.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
- Assist with all retail activities for Learning Barn Farm Shoppe.
- Assist with the implementation of knitting/crocheting/fiber arts lessons & curriculum for students of all ages and assist in expanding other programming for the community.
INTERESTED CANDIDATES: Submit resume and cover letter to: email@example.com
Employment Opportunities – Apprenticeships 2020
Thank you for your interest in working with us at WCFP! We offer Apprenticeships March through Mid-November for a seasonal, hands-on learning experience focusing on farm-based education, Shetland Sheep management, regenerative organic berry/fruit production, and raised-bed vegetable gardening.
WCFP Farm Apprenticeships 2020 Job Description
JOB TITLE: Farm Apprentice
PRIMARY FUNCTION: The Apprenticeship Program at Willow Creek Farm Preserve (WCFP) offered March 2nd – November 13th, 2020, is a training program focusing on small-scale regenerative organic farming and farm-based education, with an emphasis on the dynamic connections between food, fiber and the environment.
RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to Operations & Education Manager and Assistant Operations Manager.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
- The Apprenticeship Program offers instruction and daily hands-on experience concentrating on the ecological interactions amongst plants, soils, animals, climate, insects, and pathogens. Apprentices work alongside WCFP staff on our 135-acre farm in the orchards, fields and raised bed gardens.
- The Apprentices will be trained and ultimately lead WCFP Educational programming for diverse audiences on a range of farm-based education topics.
- WCFP will provide apprentices time most weeks in a classroom setting, augmented by self-study and reading assignments.
- Apprentices are encouraged to explore their own farming-related interests through time provided during work hours to work on a special project of their choice.
- Apprentices participate in at least four farm tours or off-farm speakers within the region with organizations such as the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) overseen by Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA).
- The Apprenticeship Program highlights the following topics: Introduction to Basics of Regenerative Organic Farming, Transitioning to Certified Organic, Comprehensive Hands-On Training in Conservation Agricultural Practices and Organic Production Management, Introduction to Fruit Tree Production, Introduction to Organic Blueberries and Brambles, Benefits of Sheep in an Orchard, Considerations of Farm-Based Education, Raised Bed Vegetable Production – Seed to Share Garden™, Introduction to Cover Crops, Business Planning and Governmental Considerations.
- Genuine interest in Regenerative organic farming and strong physical and mental work ethic.
- Responsible and internally motivated to learn and improve one’s skillset and knowledgebase.
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work well with others, including co-workers and the public.
- Prior agricultural experience is not required, although any work or study in the field of food or agriculture is a desirable attribute to apprenticeship applicants.
- Experience with education recommended (interest in farm-based education a must); experience in fiber arts a plus (interest strongly recommended).
- Must be 21+ years of age, pass a Background Check and have a Valid Driver’s License.
- Lift/move up to 50lbs, unassisted.
- Carry, bend, kneel and stand for long periods and work outdoors in all weather conditions.
- Full-time Monday – Saturday (40-45+ hours a week); variable days off and rotating Sunday duties.
- $425/week salary paid bi-weekly; Deduct $100/week w/housing. (Optional housing in farmhouse onsite).
- 3 days Paid Time Off (PTO), 4 Paid Holidays, and 3 days Unpaid Time Off.
TO APPLY: Submit resume to Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org and complete our online application below. For more information about our 2020 Apprenticeship Program, check-out the overview: WCFP Apprentice Program Overview 2020