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Arthur Morgan School is a unique boarding and day school that works with middle schoolers in grades 7-9. We grow over fifty varieties of vegetables, herbs and fruit using low-input and organic methods on an acre of land. We care for a variety of livestock, including laying hens, turkeys, dairy cows, and the occasional pig or sheep. We have a passive solar greenhouse, an earth-sheltered greenhouse and 60 foot high tunnel.

Students and staff actively participate in the work of the farm. We value simplicity and sustainability in our work. Therefore, we use organic and low/no-input methods and are beginning to experiment with low and no till.

We are a non-profit, educational farm. All farm products are consumed on site by the staff and students of Arthur Morgan School. In the high season, some food is donated to local food shelters. We do extensive preserving, root cellar, and extended season greenhouse gardening to feed our community year-round.

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All farm products are consumed on site by the staff and students of Arthur Morgan School. In the high season, some food is donated to local food shelters. At this time we do not sell any farm goods commercially.

About eating from Arthur Morgan School Farm...

“The Farm & Garden coordinator at the Arthur Morgan School is dedicated to sustainable agricultural practices and committed to providing the school with an abundant assortment of wholesome produce for use in the cafeteria and in the boarding houses, as well as by individual
staff. The AMS farm is a big part of the school's program and helps build student awareness of where food comes from, and empowers them to take an active role in the production of the food that they eat. Purchasing from the AMS farm helps keep the essential farm and garden component of the school up and running, facilitating a unique middle school experience for students in grades 7-9.”

- David, customer

“I love this farm. Beautiful landscaping and terrific produce. There is a great selection and the farm manager is knowledgeable and helpful!”

- Nicolas, customer

Our work schedule…

We are looking for a farm apprentice from May through August 2021. There is a possibility of beginning work earlier in the spring (mid-March) if availability allows. Please indicate your availability and interest in your application.

The farm apprenticeship consists of 30 hours of labor a week, 6 hours a day Monday-Friday. There are occasional weekend duties when the farm coordinator is out of town. Apprentices can expect to work on a variety of tasks within a week or season. Primary tasks include, but aren’t limited to, prepping beds, seeding, transplanting, trellising, weeding, harvesting, hilling, mowing, milking, and livestock chores. Throughout the season there will be opportunities to mass-preserve produce for the school, both canning and freezing. Depending on the week, apprentices can expect to work closely with the AMS students, the Farm Coordinator, other AMS staff, or on their own.

Compensation offered...

$50/week stipend paid every two weeks

Rustic housing is provided. Housing options vary from rustic cabins to a room in a house shared with other staff members. Rustic spaces have easy access to school bathrooms and hot showers, as well as internet in the office. All are furnished.

Partial board: While school is in session, the apprentices receive 1-2 meals a day through the school's kitchen. They have access to garden produce and eggs for free, as well as a fully stocked organic kitchen from which they may buy ingredients in any amount at bulk prices.

Learning opportunities: There are a variety of farmers in our area who grow in different styles and for different markets. Apprentices are encouraged to spend time working at other farms in the neighborhood to build community and get a sense of the diversity of farming methods being practiced here. Those farms often have interns/apprentices to connect with as well.

Access to a deep freezer and canning equipment for preserving produce.

Ability to take on more responsibility of certain aspects of the farm as the season progresses based on interest and abilities.
Our farm is an Associate Member in the CRAFT network.

Our location...

Arthur Morgan School is located in Celo Community, an intentional community with an artistic, back-to-the-land bent. There are a number of farms with seasonal interns and apprentices, and often a strong network of relationships between these interns. Asheville is a one hour drive away. The farm is within easy access to the South Toe River and two local ponds. Pisgah National Forest trails hook up with Celo’s extensive community trails, and the Black Mountains are at the farm’s doorstep.

What we’re looking for...

Arthur Morgan School is looking for individuals who are self-motivated, have great attention to detail and are eager to work and learn. Apprentices should be excited to live in community, sharing space and meals with both adults and children. Apprentices should be comfortable lifting 50 lbs and doing physical work every day in all weather conditions. As farming is varied work, apprentices should be able to work independently and in a group and be comfortable asking questions and communicating openly. Of course, apprentices should have an interest in sustainable agriculture and good food! Experience gardening or farming is preferred but not necessary. Applicants should be able to pass a background check.

To inquire about employment opportunities, please contact Federica Ranelli, Farm Program Coordinator, by phone during the day or email between January and April. When you are ready to apply, please send a cover letter and resume to federica@arthurmorganschool.org. Application is open until filled.

About working for Arthur Morgan School...

“An excellent place to work, beautiful scenery and environment. If working during the school year, there are students from 7th to 9th grade on campus, but this can be considered a bonus. Multiple opportunities to learn about different aspects of farming, from this and surrounding farms.”

- Abdur-Rauf, former employee

The public is welcome to tour the school and garden at any time.

About eating from Arthur Morgan School Farm...

“The Farm & Garden coordinator at the Arthur Morgan School is dedicated to sustainable agricultural practices and committed to providing the school with an abundant assortment of wholesome produce for use in the cafeteria and in the boarding houses, as well as by individual
staff. The AMS farm is a big part of the school's program and helps build student awareness of where food comes from, and empowers them to take an active role in the production of the food that they eat. Purchasing from the AMS farm helps keep the essential farm and garden component of the school up and running, facilitating a unique middle school experience for students in grades 7-9.”

- David, customer

“I love this farm. Beautiful landscaping and terrific produce. There is a great selection and the farm manager is knowledgeable and helpful!”

- Nicolas, customer

About working for Arthur Morgan School...

“An excellent place to work, beautiful scenery and environment. If working during the school year, there are students from 7th to 9th grade on campus, but this can be considered a bonus. Multiple opportunities to learn about different aspects of farming, from this and surrounding farms.”

- Abdur-Rauf, former employee


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