You know you want to work for/with ADAMAH…..

January 27, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

And here is your chance! Posted below are the job descriptions for the pickle and farm apprentice for the 2009 season. Please pass these on to your friends, your relatives and anyone else you know that would be interested.

Adamah Farm Apprentice / Farm Manager in Training
This is a one year contract with the expectation that the apprentice will stay on as Farm Manager the following year. There will be an opportunity for contract review mid-way through the first year.
Year one (2009):
– May 1 – Nov 30
– $1500 for 30 weeks ($50/week) plus room & board (tent or cabin in the woods)
Year two (2010) (subject to change)
– March 1 – December 15
– $12100 for 44 weeks ($275/week) plus room & board (indoor accommodations available)
In the first year, your responsibilities include:
– Assist in all aspects of vegetable production, including transplanting, cultivating, harvesting, post-harvest handling
– Manage farm when Farm Manager is away
– Assist with mechanical cultivation, including using tractor and rototiller.
– Assist with and sometimes manage CSA harvest and distribution.
– Drive 12’ box truck to White Plains (5hrs round trip) 1-2 times per month to deliver CSA shares.
– Manage specific projects in the sadeh (past years: irrigation, tomatoes, garlic). You will have the opportunity to pursue specific learning projects
– At times, work with fellows in the sadeh and teach/show them how to farm appropriately and efficiently.
– Attend at least one non-farm related community program per week (avodat lev, community listening hour, limmud, etc.)

Vegetable farm experience is preferred but not necessary. You should have a good attitude about hard work, enjoy getting up early, and like doing repetitive physical labor. You must want to be part of a progressive, heart-centered, environmentally committed Jewish community. You should have an appreciation for organic farming, Jewish tradition, learning, celebrating, being a leader and a student. You will play an important part in growing the Adamah farm business and providing continuity for the program over, ideally, two growing seasons, with the option to stay on for additional seasons.

Job Description: ADAMAH Pickling Apprentice Summer/Fall ‘09

The primary task of the Pickling Apprentice is to assist the ADAMAH Products Manager (Lead Pickler) with the production and sales of ADAMAH Products. The Apprentice will gain a complete understanding of lacto-fermentation and other food preservation techniques and will spend time developing and experimenting with new products, as well as marketing ADAMAH products. The Pickling Apprentice will be supervised by the ADAMAH Products Manager.

Candidates should have an appreciation for specialty foods, organic farming, Jewish tradition, learning, celebrating, and being a leader and a student. The Pickling Apprentice will play an important role in growing the ADAMAH farm businesses and will be part of a spiritually vibrant, ecologically minded community.

Job Responsibilities:

Production (55%) and Experimentation (5%) may include:
• Making pickles, kimchi, dilly beans, sauerkraut/firekraut, hot sauce, jam and other specialty products;
• Improving current recipe; and
• Creating new products and experimentation.

Marketing and Distribution (40%) may include:
• Finding and/or setting up new accounts;
• Driving a 12-foot delivery truck or other vehicles up to 5 hours round trip to make deliveries;
• Selling ADAMAH products at special events on and off-site; and
• Conducting demonstrations (tastings/samples) at stores that sell ADAMAH products.

The Pickling Apprentice must be able and willing to:
• Ensure that the ADAMAH fellows are enabled to work appropriately and efficiently without direct supervision on a day-to-day basis.
• Hold responsibility for the safety and quality of the product.
• Hold a leadership position.
• Train ADAMAH fellows in food processing tasks.
• Lift heavy boxes.
• Attend at least one non-pickle related community program per week (avodat lev, community hour, limmud, etc.)
• Work with other staff members to help cultivate an ADAMAH community filled with learning, meaning and spirit.
• One work day per week may be spent on other ADAMAH related projects (at the Sadeh, Beebe Hill or Ofenshmaltz).

Salary and Dates
June 22 – December 18, 2009
$1,300 ($50/week) plus Room and Board (tent or cabin in the woods). Benefits include ADAMAH Fellow Insurance, free participation in Isabella Freedman’s holiday retreats (High Holidays, Sukkahfest, etc.) and valuable training and experience.

Work Schedule/Expectations:
Work Week: 5 Days.
You will generally work Sundays and coordinate with the Lead Pickler about when to take a second day off.
Work Day: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
You will have all core Jewish holidays off. You will have about one hour off during lunch.

To Apply for either of these positions fill out a New Staff Member Application from and send it with a cover letter and resume to Or you can fax it to 860 824 7228.

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