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Arthur Morgan School is a unique boarding and day school for young adults ages 12-15. 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. We grow over 50 varieties of vegetables, fruits and herbs across an acre and keep chickens, turkeys and a dairy cow over another few acres. The school has existed for over 50 years; our current farm coordinator has been managing the program for 4 years.

We are a non-profit, educational farm. All farm products are consumed on site by the staff and students of Arthur Morgan School. 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. They are not available for commercial purchase.

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 an apprentice from April to June 2018. Depending on the week, there would be opportunities for the apprentice to work closely with the farm manager, to work with AMS students, and to work on their own. Primary tasks in the garden would include prepping beds, transplanting/planting, trellising, weeding, hilling, mowing, milking and livestock chores. The apprenticeship is about 30 hours a week, 5-6 hours a day.

Compensation offered...

While school is in session, the apprentice would receive 1-2 meals a day through the school's kitchen. They would have access to garden produce and eggs for free, as well as a fully stocked organic kitchen from which they may buy ingredients at bulk prices. The apprentice would be staying in a shared house with other Arthur Morgan School staff.

The stipend is $50 a week.

Apprentices have an opportunity to spend time working at two or three neighboring farms to learn about their institutions as well as meet their apprentices.

Our farm is an Associate Member in the CRAFT network.

Our location...

Arthur Morgan School is located in Celo Community, an intentional community with a progressive, artistic and 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 enjoys easy access to the South Toe River and two local ponds. Pisgah National Forest trails hook up into community trails, and the Black Mountains are nearby.

What we’re looking for...

Apprentices should be excited to live in community, sharing space and meals with both adults and children. Apprentices should be able to pass a background check. Apprentices should be comfortable lifting 50 lbs. Experience gardening or farming is preferred but not necessary.

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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