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 seasonal interns, 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 and farm apprentices 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 the April Hill Farm Apprentice or as a member of the April Hill Farm Crew. The apprentices and crew members work under the tutelage of our Head Farmer to maintain the farm vegetable and flower gardens and orchards and to care for the bees, chickens, and ducks. The produce grown benefits local health centers and food pantries. Farm Team 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.
NEW THIS YEAR: In partnership with Berkshire Agricultural Ventures (BAV), Greenagers is offering the Helping Hands Farm Crew, drawn from our farm team, to travel to regional farms for day-long work projects. The crew has approximately 40 days available to work on local farms. It is our goal to work on as many farms as possible in the tri-state Berkshire region. It is the hope of Greenagers and BAV that this program lends a hand when needed on local farms, introduces eager young workers to diverse agricultural enterprises and people, and creates community pathways for youth employment, farm viability, and food sovereignty. This project is made possible by a 2:1 matching grant from BAV.
Our 2021 Farm Team is currently FULL. Please check back in later in the season for new openings.
“I have absorbed a wealth of information about plant propagation, soil maintenance and health, crop rotation, business skills related to running a CSA program and selling food to the public.
Beyond practice knowledge, I’ve grown to appreciate more and more each day Pete and Jen’s general wisdom surrounding sustainable and efficient approaches to growing vegetables.
Finally, the experience of working outside on a full-time schedule has been incredibly humbling, especially considering how farmers like Pete and Jen put in so many hours beyond the regular 9-5 to make their operation thrive and produce.”