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Wild Hope Farm is a USDA Certified organic farm in Chester, SC, using no-till practices and permaculture design to grow fresh produce, flowers, and pasture raised laying hens. We are currently growing on 12 acres of production and the property consists of greenhouses, walking trails, a 10-acre pond, and diversified natural areas. Our produce is sold through a 350+ person farm share, at a farmers market, and wholesale to food distributors. We host complementary on-farm events including retreats, weddings, farm-to-table dinners, and educational workshops to cultivate community and encourage people to learn about our farming practices.

We are seeking strong, efficiency-focused people with experience and passion who aspire to run their own farm some day. The apprentices are integral members of our small team at Wild Hope Farm. During the 8 month program you will get exposed to all aspects of organic farming and deepen your knowledge of our organic farming methods, produce and operations, beekeeping, season extension, cover cropping, no-till methods, compost heat extraction, pasture raised chickens, soil quality, harvesting and packing, customer delivery, and selling. You will become familiar with our modern equipment and be trained on usage. We will assess your development and coach you towards operating independently over the time with us.

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You can find our products at the Matthews Farmers Market, in local (SC) restaurants, and through our farm share.

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About purchasing from Wild Hope Farm...

“Our mission at Matthews Community Farmers’ Market over the last 28 years has been to support the local agricultural economy. As the Charlotte metro area’s largest producer-only farmers’ market, we not only provide an outlet for local farmers to sell their produce, but also nurture the building of relationships between our customers and farmers. This is Wild Hope Farm's second season with us and we are excited that they have become one of our anchor vendors. We believe that they also share our mission to bring high quality produce to the local community. They are organized, passionate and knowledgeable and their desire to expand is also driven by their dedication to educate others about sustainable farming through their CSA program and numerous on-farm programs and events. We support Wild Hope Farm in their endeavors to pursue organic farming practices and look forward to working with them for future seasons as they increase their production.”

- Paulette Wilkes, customer

“Excellent in every category. Beautiful produce. Above and beyond exceptional service. Friendly, courteous, dependably, organized, AND DELICIOUS!”

- Nina Sheehan, customer

“Wild Hope Farm has been a great addition to the local area over the last few years. The produce they are growing is incredibly fresh with great flavor. Our restaurant loves having their product.”

- Jon Fortes, Wholesale buyer

Our work schedule…

We are hiring full-time, seasonal apprentices, from 04/01/2021 through 11/30/2021

The work at Wild Hope Farm is seasonal and the length of the workday varies within the busy season. Apprentices work 45-50 hrs over a 5 day work week. The pay for agricultural work at Wild Hope Farm is exempt from overtime pay.

Tues, Wed, Thursday, Friday 6:00 AM - 2:45 PM during peak summer and 7:00 AM - 3:45 in the early spring/fall (periodic break 15 minute breaks & 45 min lunch break)

Saturdays 5:45 AM - 1:00 PM (taking off Mondays)

Compensation offered...

EDUCATIONAL VALUE
Our apprentice program is a hands-on working/learning experience designed to move dedicated candidates towards farm management. We accept people from all backgrounds who want to explore agriculture as a career option.

Apprenticeship Goals/Evaluation: As part of our program orientation, apprentices are encouraged to identify in writing what they hope to accomplish from their apprenticeship. After three to four weeks we will meet with each apprentice to help with the development of realistic goals and to confirm our mutual (farmer and apprentice) expectations for learning. This document will be revisited for periodic evaluation and reviewed in detail in early summer. We will make every effort to tailor each experience to the expressed needs of each participant.

Daily Meeting: The farm crew convenes every morning to clarify the day's program and make alterations due to the weather and other events.

Orientation: During the first week we will conduct an orientation to go over safety policies, farm policies, and the location and names of buildings and equipment. We will review the farm calendar, begin to set vacation times, go over job responsibilities (household, animals, greenhouse, distribution, etc.) and start figuring out how to live in community together.

Study Materials: All apprentices have access to written learning materials to increase their understanding of Wild Hope Farm in particular and farming in general. These materials include crop plans, seed orders, planting schedules, maps, overall farm plans, and supporting information. In addition there is a small farm library from which apprentices are welcome to borrow books.

BENEFITS

  • Employees are given a stipend of $1,100/month
  • Apprentices are provided rustic cabins with access to laundry and WIFI
  • Provided fresh produce from the farm
  • Unparalleled learning opportunity of working under our experienced and innovative farm crew
  • Opportunity to plan and host your own community event (e.g., workshop or farm-to-table event)
  • What we’re looking for...

    Please read the 2021 Wild Hope Farm Job Description thoroughly. Instructions to apply can be found at the end of the document.

    Our farm is not open to the public. If you’d like to learn about our on-farm events, visit our event page.

    About purchasing from Wild Hope Farm...

    “Our mission at Matthews Community Farmers’ Market over the last 28 years has been to support the local agricultural economy. As the Charlotte metro area’s largest producer-only farmers’ market, we not only provide an outlet for local farmers to sell their produce, but also nurture the building of relationships between our customers and farmers. This is Wild Hope Farm's second season with us and we are excited that they have become one of our anchor vendors. We believe that they also share our mission to bring high quality produce to the local community. They are organized, passionate and knowledgeable and their desire to expand is also driven by their dedication to educate others about sustainable farming through their CSA program and numerous on-farm programs and events. We support Wild Hope Farm in their endeavors to pursue organic farming practices and look forward to working with them for future seasons as they increase their production.”

    - Paulette Wilkes, customer

    “Excellent in every category. Beautiful produce. Above and beyond exceptional service. Friendly, courteous, dependably, organized, AND DELICIOUS!”

    - Nina Sheehan, customer

    “Wild Hope Farm has been a great addition to the local area over the last few years. The produce they are growing is incredibly fresh with great flavor. Our restaurant loves having their product.”

    - Jon Fortes, Wholesale buyer

    About working for Wild Hope Farm...

    “My experience on the farm was excellent. I grew alongside the farm and the farmers in its second year of running. I appreciate the time they took to teach me all of the skills from running the tractor, working as a team, and selling at the farmers market. I had a lot of independence on the farm and was able to pursue my passions with support from my employers. I hope to be back at Wild Hope Farm some day whether it is working or enjoying their wellness retreats. Working and living on the farm takes a hard work ethic, but the lifestyle of eating fresh, and working in the dirt everyday is the biggest reward one could ask for.”

    - Molly Belk, former employee

    “Wild Hope Farm offers an intensive learning experience for anyone looking to learn about organic best practices and minimal tillage farming with the use of cover crops and many innovative and efficient farming methods. They additionally can provide valuable business insight for starting a new farm and all of the investments of time and capital required.”

    - Sam Perkins, former apprentice


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