2016 Poultry Processing Positions- Apply Now!
Come join our lively crew to process our pastured poultry on the farm two days a month from May-November. It's a great chance to learn the ins and outs of processing poultry or to hone your skills. We offer barter for our high quality farm products and/or an hourly wage in exchange for a committed, hard working crew member with a positive attitude. To learn more about the position or to apply, please contact us via email or phone.

*While we prefer someone with availability for the duration of the season, we will consider applicants with more limited availability, a summer break from college, for example.

2016 Apprenticeship Opportunities- Apply Now!
Join our family farm to learn about: raising pastured poultry, forest and pastured raised pork, and a micro-herd of grass-fed dairy/beef cattle! Interns participate in daily morning and afternoon/evening chores as well as regular farm work on a daily basis, 5 days a week.

Meals: We'll provide a monthly credit of $200 to purchase products from our farm "store". Available products include: pastured chicken, pastured turkey, forest-raised pork, grass-fed beef, grass-fed raw dairy, pastured eggs, and bulk staples (organic sprouted flour, organic rapadura sugar, organic oats, organic rice, organic dry beans, etc.) . Apprentices are responsible for preparing most of their own meals in the cabin kitchen or summer kitchen. Apprentices will be welcomed to a two weekly farm meals prepared by the farm family. 

Skills Desired: 
  • Livestock experience preferred but not required
  • Small machine experience preferred but not required (weed whacker, chain saw, small tractor, etc.) 
  • Ability to work alone or in groups
  • Ability to lift 50+lbs 
  • Self-motivation 
  • Sense of humor 
  • Positive Attitude 
  • Excellent communication skills
Educational Opportunities: This is a great opportunity for someone wishing to learn more about raising and processing pastured poultry, and pasture and forest raised pork, along with grass-fed dairy/beef on a smaller scale. Education at our farm is primarily through hands-on experience. In addition to learning through working, apprentices are encouraged to attend field days and workshops offered through organizations such as PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture), APPPA (American Pastured Poultry Producers Association), and CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Apprentice Farmer Training) throughout the season. The work at Ledamete Grass Farm is diverse, and you can expect the tasks to vary from day to day and week to week throughout the season. However, we do a lot of fencing, so come prepared to master monotony as well. Other opportunities for learning/experience include (please note that these optional learning opportunities may take place in the evenings and weekends): 
  • butter, yoghurt, and ghee making 
  • canning (salsa, tomato sauce, jams, applesauce) 
  • soapmaking (utilizing farm products) 
  • lactofermentation (making sauerkraut, kimchi, lactofermented sodas) 

Stipend: A competitive monthly stipend (based on experience) plus $200 monthly farm store credit.

Housing: We provide on-farm housing in a new custom-built, beautiful and bright cabin situated amidst the pasture. The cabin has a sleeping loft, a kitchen/living room, electricity, and heat. There is a newly built, clean outhouse with a lovely view, an outdoor shower, and an outdoor summer kitchen too.

Internship Details: Although we keep a variety of livestock at Ledamete Grass Farm, pastured poultry remains a significant focus for us. We raise approx. 3200 meat birds a year and do all of our slaughtering and butchering on-site, every 4 weeks from May through November. We offer whole chicken and a selection of cuts via direct sales of Meat Shares and a la carte items. Working with our poultry - from day old chicks to the roasted chicken at the dinner table - is an important part of what apprentices do on the farm. We raise approx. 100 Thanksgiving turkeys as well. Our other major focus is our forest-raised pork enterprise. We raise approx. 65 finished pigs per year, and keep 3 sows and 1 boar as breeding stock. The pigs are processed off the farm but we handle all the work up to that big day including farrowing, feeding, watering, fencing, and preparing for butcher (mixing sausage ingredients, cure ingredients, scrapple ingredients, etc). Finally, we raise a micro-herd of dairy/beef cattle (approx. animals at one time with an average of 3 milkers). Related chores include fencing, moving animals to new paddocks, watering, milking, etc. 

We are looking for dedicated individuals highly motivated to work quickly and efficiently by themselves and as part of a team. This apprenticeship is a life changing, demanding experience, and we want to work with bright-eyed, bushy-tailed self starters who love a good day's hard work and a job well done. Apprentices must be willing and able to work hard, take initiative, be reliable and responsible, and follow directions. Our standards are high and an innate attention to detail and organizational talent are appreciated. We love what we do and enjoy our long days on the land, but also recognize that farm work is not for everyone. Be prepared to move through the workday with a sense of urgency, while also taking time to enjoy good food and be nourished by a life lived close to the land. 

Please be honest with yourself about your capacities and life goals as you consider this apprenticeship. Come eager to learn, to work, and eager to stretch and be challenged. Apprentices can expect to work long hours and learn about all aspects of farm work throughout the season. Previous farm experience is helpful but not essential. Other fast-paced, high-intensity jobs such as working in a kitchen, waiting tables, and athletics can prepare you well for what farming requires. The work at Ledamete Grass Farm requires a goodly amount of physical strength and stamina. You must be able to lift at least 50 lbs, if not more. Can you carry two 5-gallon buckets of water across a field? Of course, the work we do makes us stronger as the season progresses. *We are open to to one intern or a couple. 

Preference will be given to apprenticeships who are able to commit to a full season, but we are open to summer apprenticeships as well. To apply, contact ledametegrass@gmail.com with a resume and letter of intent.