april hill farm
At April Hill Conservation and Education Center, we are creating a farm that showcases regenerative farm practices that are responsive to climate change, that improve the health of the soil, and that teach young adults methods for small and medium scale agriculture that will increase the amount of nutrient-dense food available to all demographics. Our focus on production incorporates silvopasture, agroforestry, and permaculture alongside annual vegetable production and grass-based livestock production. Youth engagement involves employing crew members, school group visits, and connections to local schools for food distribution and education. April Hill will also be a resource to local farmers for crop trials, seed saving, and innovative practices demonstration. Our farm crew members have the unique opportunity of participating in the permaculture design of the April Hill Farm and the soil and water research necessary to this. We also invite school groups and other entities to come volunteer and learn at the farm.
The Farm at April Hill offers positions as a member of the April Hill Farm Crew. Crew members work under the tutelage of the Farm Crew Leader and our Farm Director to maintain the farm vegetable and flower gardens and orchards and to care for the bees, chickens, and sheep. The produce grown benefits local health centers and food pantries. Farm Crew members learn all aspects of running the farm and are introduced to viable career skills in the fields of Regenerative Agriculture, Conservation, food policy, and all fields of science.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact Sarah Monteiro, Farm Director.
“Greenagers has provided me with an opportunity to obtain a position in my preferred career path, first as a farm apprentice last season and now as the lead livestock farmer. Working here has given me the ability to wake up every day and look forward to working with great staff and great youth, all involved in the amazing programs provided by Greenagers. I get to go outside every morning and I am greeted by our 9 sheep as they run into the barn bleating and hungry for fresh hay. I’ve been able to watch the April Hill landscape change with the seasons. Through the heat of summer and unsympathetic cold of winter, I am outside working in the elements with the backdrop of the Berkshires. Its not always easy work but I love what I do and I am humbled to be able to do it with a company that does so much for the southern Berkshire community.”
—Bob Dileo, April Hill Farm Livestock Manager