Volunteer & Apprentice

Volunteering with URBAVORE Urban Farm

We accept serious volunteers who are willing to commit to a consistent schedule of 3 hours a week or more. Although volunteering on a verdant organic farm is a very rewarding experience, potential volunteers must realize that the work is NOT glamorous.  The weather can be extreme and the conditions are not always ideal. Be prepared to weed, mulch, or hoe for long stretches of time (and LOVE every minute of it!!).  To make arrangements email Farmer Brooke at brooke@badseedkc.com or pay us a visit at the Friday Night Farmers’ Market, May thru February.

Apprenticing with URBAVORE Urban Farm

FULL-TIME APPRENTICE

URBAVORE is presently seeking one full-time farm apprentice for the 2015 growing season to continue the development of one of the largest and most diverse urban farms in the nation.  Set on 13.5 acres just east of the city’s center, URBAVORE is working to create an “edible oasis” that brings organic growth, sustainable life, and creative solutions to a city neighborhood. The farm employs “no-till, no-spray, no-nonsense” farming practices to produce high-quality vegetables, fruits, and herbs.  Our intense soil-building practices & “beyond organic” approach to farming result in nutrient-dense foods with superior flavor earning us a very dedicated customer base in the Kansas City area. (To learn more about our farm & philosophy please peruse our website.) Apprentices will be exposed to all the glorious and tedious details of intense “no-till” production practices on a commercial scale.  The work is hard, the days are long, but the relationship one builds with the land through this type of hands-on agriculture is highly fulfilling.  Experience high-end veggie production from seed to plate, prune/maintain/nurture apple, peach, & pear orchards, work with varied perennials such as blackberries & asparagus, pick strawberries until your eyes roll back in your head(!!), care for a flock of 100 laying hens as they rotate around the farm to fertilize and amend fields, go to market with thousands of lbs of stunning produce, and above all BUILD SOIL: the single most important aspect of sustainable agriculture.  Beyond the day to day grind of organic veggie & fruit production, apprentices will have opportunities for learning basic homesteading skills such as canning & preserving, fermentation, & wood-fired baking.  Those skilled in carpentry or construction, will have opportunities to work on the finishing touches of a passive-solar earthbermed home & recycled shipping container barn.  The more dedicated, engaged, and enthusiastic the individual, the more we farmers strive to relate & teach all aspects of our diversified farm & livelihood.  In addition to in-field training & educational workshops, we provide housing, veggies, and a $500 monthly stipend.  The work week may vary, but generally will consist of 45 field hours and 4 market hours per week with weekends off.  For the right individual, URBAVORE can offer a holistic, highly educational, “ass-kicking” experience.

Skills Desired: Farm skills and building skills are desired but not required. What we do require is an unrelenting work ethic and sense of humor!  We are only interested in applicants who are passionate, physically energetic, reliable, and (above all) very in-tuned with each beautiful element that composes our farm’s thriving ecosystem. This internship is best suited for individuals who would like to farm commercially one day using aspects of our unique no-till system.

Educational Opportunities: Interns will receive experience and education in intensive, organic market gardening, “no-till” cultivation practices, orchard planting & organic fruit tree maintenance, integrated livestock management, windrow composting, & direct marketing.  Food preservation, homesteading skills, and alternative building will be optional skills that can be obtained for those who are interested.

Required Hours: 45 field hours per week; 4 market hours per week, Monday thru Friday, weekends off

Season Commitment: March 16th – October 30th

Compensation: Free Housing at the BADSEED downtown storefront with private bedroom, large commercial kitchen, and comfortable amenities, a weekly share of produce, one-on-one (and sometimes two-on-one) in-field training, and a $500 monthly stipend.

How to Apply: Mail a resume and cover letter to brooke@badseedkc.com or BADSEED at 1909 McGee St. Kansas City, MO 64108.We will subsequently conduct an interview and field tryout at the farm with qualified applicants.  (We can conduct phone interviews with out-of-town applicants.)

Deadline: We will accept applications until the position is filled.

PART-TIME  APPRENTICE

The part-time position is designed for someone who is seeking ample farm exposure & eductions without an overwhelming experience.  This position allows apprentices a nice chunk of time to work off of the farm to receive supplemental income and to benefit from the perks of “urban life”.  Many job opportunities exist within walking distance of the BADSEED storefront, where apprentices are housed.

Required Hours: 30 field hours per week, 8 market hours per month (3 to 4 days a week)

Season Commitment: March 16th – October 30th

Compensation: Free Housing at the BADSEED downtown storefront with private bedroom, large commercial kitchen, and comfortable amenities, a weekly share of produce, one-on-one (and sometimes two-on-one) in-field training. (no monthly stipend)

How to Apply: Mail a resume and cover letter to brooke@badseedkc.com or BADSEED at 1909 McGee St.Kansas City, MO64108.We will subsequently conduct an interview and field tryout at the farm with qualified applicants.

Deadline: We will accept applications until the position is filled.

*TO RECEIVE MORE DETAILED INFO e-mail brooke@badseedkc.com with specific questions.

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