Apprentice

Apprentice and Volunteer at Hatchet Cove Farm

Every year we welcome three or four full-season apprentices to the farm, as well as one or two short-term volunteers.

Apprentices participate in every aspect of work and life on the farm, including:

  • starting and transplanting seedlings
  • direct seeding in the fields
  • weeding crops by hand and mechanical means
  • care of livestock (dairy cows, pigs, layer hens and broiler chickens)
  • harvesting, washing, and packing produce
  • staffing CSA pick-ups and interacting with members
  • milking and processing the milk from our micro-dairy
  • canning and freezing for the winter
  • other subjects covered if the apprentice is interested include farm bookkeeping, business planning, spinning and working with fiber, soil health management, garden planning, etc.

We provide room and board, a stipend, and a great learning experience in exchange for hard work and a genuine desire to learn about farming. Since we farm as a family (including our young children), we try to make life as sustainable as possible. We don’t work around the clock and we try to make time to enjoy life on the beautiful coast of Maine. We work through the bugs, the heat, the rain, and the beautiful days when we would rather be swimming, but we love to farm and to share our experience with those who want to learn.

We are located in Midcoast Maine and are minutes from ponds and the ocean. It is a ten-minute walk through the woods to a secluded lake and a ten-minute ride to the nearest beach. The nearby towns of Rockland and Damariscotta have co-ops, movie theaters and restaurants, as well as the occasional contra dance.

In addition to our full-time apprentices, we also welcome volunteers for two- to twelve-week segments of time. Most of these volunteers come to us through World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms but can also come to us directly. These short-term volunteers receive room and board in exchange for work on the farm.

To read the guidelines and weekly schedule for apprentices and WWOOFers on the farm, click here.  To learn what to bring and about the living quarters, click here.  We’re a queer-positive farm and family.

To see pictures of the farm and the apprentice experience taken by Emmy McCarthy, a 2010 apprentice, click here. As she says, it’s “a teeny tiny glimpse into the life of a MOFGA apprentice.”

To learn more information about apprenticing at Hatchet Cove:

  • go to www.mofga.org
  • look under Apprenticeship Opportunities
  • our farm code is KNX- 04

We encourage you to apply though MOFGA (there is no cost to you and they have a great application) but you may contact us directly if you wish.

Due to insurance rules we’ll need to confirm that you have a clean driving record before we are able to accept you as an apprentice (this is not crucial for shorter-term volunteers who do not necessarily need to drive farm vehicles).