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 • What's New Here
 • Snakeroot Poultry

 • About Our Farm
 • Annual Farm Tour
 • Community Supported
    Agriculture Plan (CSA)
Directions to our Farm
 • From a Run Out Hayfield to
    a Prosperous Organic Farm
    in Ten Easy Years

 • Get Real. Get Organic!
 • History of Our Farm
 • Pictures of the Farm
 • Where We Buy
 • Where We Sell
 • Our Yearly Work Schedule
 • Just Pretty
 • Subscribe to our e-newsletter.
 • Newsletter Archive.
 • What We Will & Won't Ship

 • Working Here
 • Our Apprentices
 • Our Farm Workers
 • Pictures of Us at Market

 • Fresh Vegetables
 • Fresh Fruit
 • Fresh Herbs
 • Perennials
 • Aloe - a magical plant
 • Our Bird Houses
 • Lupines
 • Rosemary Plants
 • Lovage, Tansy & Yarrow
 • Our Product Brochures
 • Dried Vegetables
 • Dried Culinary Herbs
 • Maple Syrup
 • Maple Syrup, p.2
 • Sugarin' Is Like Ice Fishin'
 • Our New Sugarhouse
 • Tomato Seedlings
 • Tomato Seeds We Offer
 • Tomato Seed Production
 • Paste Tomatoes
 • About Garlic
 • Garlic for Sale
 • Garlic Year Round
 • Mulching Garlic
 • Growing Rounds from Bulbils
 • Whole Bulbil Cluster Method
 • Planting Garlic

 • Using Mulches
 • Combatting Quackgrass
    with Mulch

 • We Want Your Leaves!
 • In Praise of Chips

 • Buying in Bulk for
    Storage, Canning & Freezing

 • Winter Storage Tips
 • How to Freeze Our Veggies
 • Building Techniques
 • Our Outbuildings
 • Evolution of the Farm Table
 • The Story of Our Cooler
 • Prepping Veggies for Market
 • Crop Rotations
 • Drip Irrigation
 • Low Pressure Water
 • Planting with Spreadsheets
 • Greenhouse Vegetable

 • Let-tuce Begin
 • Recipe Favorites
 • Our "Remay Roller"
 • Gardening Class Notes
 • Your Most Expensive Crop

 • Being Green
 • Digging Potatoes by Hand
 • Farmers' Markets in 2012
 • History of Pittsfield
 • Hybrids or Open Pollinated?
 • Making Websites
 • Open Source Software

    Our Retirement Plan
 • How Should a Farmer Retire?
 • Impediments to the want-to-be     farmer
 • Reducing the Value
    of the Land

 • Who Will Farm Here When
    We're Gone?

 • Apprentice Terms and Stages
 • From Apprentices to Partners
 • Transferring Farm Ownership

…and now for something completely different…

At dawn
Canoe bow waves are quickly lost
    on the shoreside
But go on out of sight
    on the lake side.


The constant swish-swish of skis
    On a day long ski.
The constant swish-swish of wiper blades
    On a day long drive.


My dog, trotting barefoot
Steps on a garden slug
And thinks
Nothing of it.


Word spreads quickly
as I approach the pond.
All becomes quiet.


Hidden in the vines
a large warted cucumber
jumps out of reach.
A toad!


Delicate puffs
of marshmallow snow
carefully perched
on a branch,
await the trigger of my hat
to melt their way down my back.

Deep in the tomato jungle
Fruits of yellow, purple and red
Tell of their readiness
To go to market.

Sugarin' Chores
Snowflakes hurry through my flashlight beam,
As my boots knead new snow with spring mud,
On my nightly Hajj to keep the boil alive,
For as long as possible until the dawn,
To match the power of the flowing sap,
With my meager evaporator and will.
The prize at the finish line are jars of syrup
And Spring.


Snakeroot Organic Farm

Intern & Apprentice Information Form

Jump to Application form   •   Download this form as a PDF file.


We'd like to know a little about the folks who are applying to work at our farm for the coming season. Please feel free to add more if you think we missed asking any relevent questions.

We would like our interns to be real apprentices in the old time sense of the word, where the apprentice learns to do what we are doing from top to bottom. We are primarily interested in hosting people who have a genuine interest in adopting farming or market gardening in their lives. We are not particularly interested in just a warm body to do work. We look to gain fulfillment ourselves through offering an in depth experience to people who are looking to continue on in agriculture as their life's work. We have no livestock, but we do have dogs and cats.

You can find alot more about us by looking at our web site at www.snakeroot.net/farm. It is fairly extensive, and includes pictures of us, of the farm, and some of our farmers' markets, a farm journal, yearly work schedules, as well as literature we produce for educating the public at the markets. A copy of this application appears there, too.

We are looking for people who ideally are willing to start early in the season and stay late into the season (April thru November), or even year-round, but we realize that in most cases this is a dream, so we are flexible on starting and ending dates. For folks looking to stay for more than one year, see our Farmer's Retirement Plan.

Work at the farm consists of greenhouse work (starting seedlings, trellising, watering), field work (planting, transplanting, weeding, hoeing, watering, harvesting), attending farmers' markets, and generally helping out around the place. A more complete description of what we do during the year can be found at Our Work Schedule. We offer a choice of places to stay. We accept couples, however defined.


You can either print this out, or hit reply and fill in the blanks.

Name:__________________________________________ Age_____ M/F________

Address:_______________________________ Phone:(____)________________

___________________________________ E-Mail:________________________

Best time to be reached:_________________________________________

How did you hear about our farm?___________________________________

Permanent Address:___________________ Permanent Phone:(___)________________

What is the time period during which you will be available to apprentice?


Are you seeking in-depth organic agriculture training, or are you looking for an interesting summer job?


Describe the type of farm experience and skills in which you are most interested. Please mention at least three specific areas of interest.




What are your goals in becoming a farm apprentice? Afterwards?





What do you perceive will be your reaction to living and learning with new and unknown people in a rural area.




Please list any schools you have attended, degrees and/or major areas of study or training.




Provide a list of your work experience, both paid and volunteer.



Is the receipt of a modest stipend crucial to your ability to become an apprentice? Explain:


Will you be able to make a visit to our farm? If so, when?


Please comment on the following and add any other considerations that are important to you:

Smoker Non-Smoker

Diet (vegetarian? other?)___________________________________________

Will you eat meat raised locally? Yes[  ]   No[  ]

Transportation?_______________________ Drive Stick Shift?___________ Tractor?__________


Are you taking any medications? Yes[  ]   No[  ] If yes, what?____________

Any physical limitations? Yes[  ]   No[  ] If yes, what?__________________

Allergies? Yes[  ]   No[  ] If yes, what?_____________________________________

Emotional/psychological problems? Yes[  ]   No[  ] If yes, what?______________

Other considerations:_______________________________________________


Special Interests:__________________________________________________


Strong ideological views (political, religious, feminist, etc.):


Please list a few interesting things about yourself:




Please list a few things you want people to know about living with you:




Please return this application to us as soon as posible so we can make an appropriately early decison.
Snakeroot Organic Farm, 27 Organic Farm Road, Pittsfield ME 04967

27 Organic Farm Road, Pittsfield Maine 04967
owned and operated by
Tom Roberts & Lois Labbe
Tom: Tom@snakeroot.net (cell) 207-416-5417
Lois: Lois@snakeroot.net (cell) 207-416-5418

Gardening for the public since 1995.

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