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This is a 40 hour per week 5-month apprenticeship, and compensation includes $1000 per month plus on-farm housing. You will be responsible for your own meals, transportation, and entertainment. Housing includes your own room/living area, your own full kitchen, your own full bath, and shared laundry facilities. Pets welcome.
Must be Single
Our operation is on over 300 acres of rolling Loudoun, Virginia countryside. We love it here, and we think you will, too.
Please visit our website (yohananfarm.com) and our social media page (facebook.com/yohananfarms) to familiarize yourself with our philosophy and practices before applying.
The selection process will start with a review of your REPLY/RESUME followed by a phone conversation with the farm’s owner, a reference check, and finally, a one-day working interview for both parties to establish whether this is a good fit.
Unlimited fresh organic chicken. :)
We expect applicants to desire what we do - a healthier, happier food system for a healthier, happier region. We expect our candidate to have an interest in starting their own pastured poultry operation someday, to continue the movement into the next generation. We expect our apprentice to want our farm to succeed, and to creatively look for ways to help us achieve that end.
After the first few weeks of work you’ll notice an established rhythm of duties and expectations. While this position offers hands-on training, we would also like you to self-educate and learn what you can about organic pastured poultry production on your own. We will provide books and training materials for you to achieve this objective.
This is a five month paid apprenticeship (Jan-May, 2018.) If successful, we would consider continuing the partnership again next year.
You'll have the potential to learn all aspects of starting and scaling a pasture-raised poultry operation.
Daily duties: we are looking for someone who can follow written standard operating procedures, as well as take verbal direction from the farm manager. Daily, you’ll be hand feeding chickens, cleaning stalls/refreshing bedding, and moving portable hen houses. You’ll also be maintaining poultry drinker lines, monitoring temperatures and livestock living conditions, and keeping meticulous notes. You’ll help sanitize stalls and prepare new areas for incoming baby animals. Twice a week you’ll be required to handle young chickens for on-farm transport according to strict humane guidelines. Since ours is a certified organic operation, you won’t be exposed to harsh chemicals found on many other farms. However, this also means the animals need extra care and attention to stay healthy and comfortable, so attention to detail is a must. We need someone who is comfortable operating heavy farm equipment. Mechanical knowledge (electrical and plumbing) is not necessary but is a huge PLUS.
Weekly duties will include mowing, weed wacking, and regular grounds maintenance.
Your main point of contact will be our farm manager, but you’ll also take direction from the farm’s owner.
8 hours a day, 5 days a week
Yohanan Farm is a family farm near Leesburg, Virginia.
Inspired by Polyface Farm, we raise pastured poultry in the most sustainable way. Our farm does not use GMO's, pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, growth hormones, appetite stimulants or confinement houses. In fact, nothing separates our chickens from the pastures on which they thrive. Every day, the birds are moved to fresh pasture for unlimited foraging and play. Our chickens consume lush grass, insects, and a custom blend of probiotics and certified organic feed from a locally-sourced mill. In winter, we also allow them the option of warm, clean, safe housing with environmental enrichments.