Volunteer & Apprentice

Volunteering with URBAVORE Urban Farm

We are not presently accepting volunteers at URBAVORE Urban Farm.  We encourage individuals interested in gaining first-hand experience with our growing practices to consider our “volunteer apprentice position” (see below).  Our apprentice positions provide individuals the opportunity to develop skills throughout the course of a growing season, and apprentices come away with a solid foundation of agricultural knowledge.

Apprenticing with URBAVORE Urban Farm

URBAVORE Apprenticeship Program -

*STILL Accepting applications for the 2014 Season.

Of the City, From the City, For the City.  URBAVORE Urban Farm is a link in the urban food web that seeks to both feed from its urban surroundings, and to provide food for its urban community.

URBAVORE is presently seeking two part-time apprentices and two volunteer apprentices for the 2014 growing season to continue the development of one of the largest and most diverse urban farms in the nation.During the growing season, apprentices are tasked with much more than annual vegetable production; they must also help to establish infrastructure, perennial fruit plantings, animal pastures and diverse natural habitats on 13 acres of raw land only 8 miles from downtown Kansas City.In exchange for 30 hours of labor weekly, URBAVORE will provide part-time apprentices with free accommodation at BADSEED’s downtown storefront (fully equipped with a commercial kitchen and comfortable amenities), a share of the farm’s bounty, and many opportunities for learning.

Apprentices will primarily develop skills in no-till, “beyond-organic” vegetable production.  (URBAVORE is among the only commercial no-till vegetable producers in the United States.  Aspects of this unique system are not transferable to other types of vegetable production.)  Apprentices will also learn integrated livestock management, perennial planting & orchard maintenance, composting, direct marketing, food preservation, homesteading skills, and more.

Relevant skills and qualifications in farming and building are desired, but not required.We require part-time apprentices to complete the full season schedule from March 11 through Nov 14.We can offer volunteer apprentices more flexibility with scheduling and hours.

PART-TIME APPRENTICE

Required Hours: 30 field hours per week; 8 market hours per month

Season Commitment: March 11 – November 14

Pay: None.

Compensation: Free Housing, Share of Produce, one-on-one (and sometimes two-on-one) training and monthly workshops in diverse farm skills.

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 in January.  (We can conduct phone interviews with out-of-town applicants.)

Deadlines:  Deadline extended!!  Still looking for one awesome individual.  Would like to fill the spot ASAP!!

VOLUNTEER APPRENTICE

Required Hours: 15 field hours per week

Season Commitment: Flexible commitment from March – November.

Pay: None.

Compensation: Excellent agricultural skills training, a partial share in the farm’s bounty, and monthly workshops in diverse farm skills.

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.

Deadlines:  Deadline extended!!  Still looking for one awesome individual.  Would like to fill the spot ASAP!!

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

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