Flower Farmer-Florist Apprenticeship at Tanglebloom 

Vermont flower farmer
 
 

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Farmer-Florist apprenticeship 2019

Our apprentices gain first-hand knowledge of the flower farmer-florist trade by immersing themselves in the daily and seasonal rhythms of our boutique flower farm business. Tanglebloom’s focus is on small-scale, high intensity growing using sustainable and organic methods. Our flowers are grown primarily for our wedding and event design work. The focus of the 2019 apprenticeship will be on farming, our farm stay cabin, wedding & event assistance, and the farm stand. Interspersed will be a small amount of basic introductory floral design.

DESCRIPTION

The apprenticeship runs May through October, giving participants experience for a little more than a complete growing season (zone 5a). Tasks and education may include but are not limited to:

  • seed starting

  • transplanting

  • propagation

  • soil amending

  • installation of growing implements (weed barrier, support netting, hoops, frost cloth)

  • erection of season extension implements (low tunnel)

  • high tunnel (unheated greenhouse) production

  • weed suppression strategies

  • irrigation and hand watering

  • harvesting: proper stage for variety & market

  • sorting/grading product

  • prepare product for various sales outlets (wholesale, retail, events)

  • market bouquets and small amount of basic flower arranging

  • small farm stand

  • cleanliness and sanitization (washing harvest buckets, plant trays, workshop cleaning)

  • fertilization

  • monitor and treat for pests and disease

  • some interaction with clients, partners, customers

  • interaction with farm stay guests

  • assist with wedding/event work

  • occasional other farm and homestead tasks such as: fowl flock maintenance and kitchen garden

  • other duties as assigned

  • other duties based on skill, experience, and interest may be available

QUALIFICATIONS + OVERVIEW

Participants must be in very good physical shape, and be able to bend and squat repeatedly over long periods of time. Lifting up to 50 lbs. (straw bales, feed bags, crates) required. You must be able to work safely with a number of hand tools. Apprentices must be able to work efficiently and with a sense of urgency, sometimes in adverse weather. Farm work can at times be repetitive and strenuous. You will get dirty, sweaty, bug-bitten, and hot or cold on the daily. You will be physically tired at the end of the day. The ability to maintain a positive attitude is very important. If any of this does not sound like your gig, this is not the experience for you.

You will often be working alone (divide and conquer!) after receiving a demonstration and task list for the day. You must be self-motivated with the ability to stay on task and work efficiently with minimal supervision. You will also occasionally work in small groups. 

Preference will be giving to those with farming, gardening, landscaping, or other relevant experience. Customer service experience is also very helpful.

This opportunity is largely focused on flower farming, and not floral design and will be mostly manual in nature. You will have the opportunity to assist with some basic flower arranging including market bouquets, but this will not be the focus. While you may assist with event preparations, there is typically not time for formal demonstration and instruction. We’ll be happy to recommend resources for further design study, and you will have the opportunity to practice arranging in your spare time. We’re a small seasonal business, and as such, everyone tends to wear many hats.

COMPENSATION + BENEFITS

  • Apprentices work 30 to 40 hours per week in exchange for housing & food while learning the farmer-florist trade.

  • Small monthly stipend

  • 5 days vacation for those committing to entire (May thru Oct.) season (must be scheduled in advance)

  • Access to relevant books, trade publications, product catalogs, online resources, etc. for further learning

  • Opportunity to consult about the business of flower farming with owners

  • Opportunity to practice floral arranging during free time with farm flowers

LIVING AT TANGLEBLOOM

Housing includes a small bedroom in our home with its own private entrance. Shared bathroom. There is supplemental heat but no air conditioning.

Wi-fi and landline telephone access included. Cell coverage typically spotty and varies with carrier. 

We ask that you keep your personal space clean, as well as share in the chores of keeping the common areas (kitchen, bathroom) clean.

Breakfast and lunch will mostly be on your own, with dinner together 4-5 nights per week. We eat a little bit of everything including lots of fresh eggs and veggies from our kitchen garden, but welcome vegetarian diets. Apprentices typically share in rotating cooking and clean up duties. Sorry, we’re unable to accommodate gluten-free, vegan, or other specialized diets at this time.

Typically you will work 5 days per week, including some weekends (you will almost always have Sunday off) for a total of 30-40 hours. Weekend work typically requires 4-6 hours on a Saturday and will not be every week.

We have a toddler and a dog, cats, and small flock of ducks.

Private transportation required due to rural location. 

No smoking allowed anywhere on the property.

Sorry, we cannot accommodate pets, children, partners, or overnight guests.

LOCATION + AREA

Our farm is located in south-eastern Vermont, in the tiny town of Brookline (pop. 450). We’re 20 minutes north of the artsy town of Brattleboro (pop. 12k), 2 hours from  Burlington,  2.5 hours from Boston, and 3.5 hours from NYC. Brattleboro is the cultural center offering art galleries, events, breweries, ecclectic eateries, boutiques, recreation, and a movie theatre. The closest small town is the historic village of Newfane (5 minutes by car) which has a yoga studio, general store, library, farm stand, and a few dining options. 

The area has many opportunities for outdoor recreation including hiking, trail running, river floats and paddles, and rural road biking. You will find myriad fitness and wellness opportunities as well, from outdoor yoga to circus arts.

QUESTIONS?

Please let us know: info@tanglebloom.com

TO APPLY

Please complete the application below by March 15, 2019.

We will schedule phone and/or video chat interviews with qualified candidates, who will then be asked to submit 3 references. The selected apprentice(s) will be notified by April 1, 2019.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to receiving your application!

 
Vermont flower farm apprenticeship

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