Cricket Creek Farm is a small grass-based dairy in Western Massachusetts. We make several award-winning cheeses from the milk of our herd of Brown Swiss and Jersey cows (currently milking about 37 cows). In addition to the cheese, we sell raw milk from our farm store. We also raise pigs and beef. We make all our own hay for our cows that we feed out during the winter.
We have a small self-serve Farm Store, are a member of Berkshire Grown and sell cheese to many shops & restaurants in the Northeast, and attend several local farmers markets.
We have two types of apprenticeship opportunities here, on the farm and in the creamery. Both farm and creamery apprentices attend farmers markets, help with the CSA and general farm maintenance and upkeep. For both the farm and creamery apprenticeship, experience is preferred. Most of our apprentices come here with some agricultural experience. Those without any related experience will only be considered if they can demonstrate a real passion and willingness to work.
We are located in Williamstown, MA – a small college town in the northern Berkshires. Williamstown has a great independent movie theater, the Clark Art museum, a wonderful theater festival in the summertime and several great restaurants. We are surrounded by preserved land with many hiking trails. Nearby is Mass MOCA, Tanglewood, and many lovely small towns. Williamstown is 3 hours from Boston and 3 1/2 hours from NYC.
Those interested in the cheese apprenticeship must be comfortable learning the technical aspects of cheese making, including some chemistry. Must be very meticulous, detail oriented, and experienced in sanitary food preparation/handling. Cleanliness is key. Work in the creamery is fun and rewarding and also requires long hours on your feet washing dishes and caring for the aging cheese. Work includes making cheese, affinage, and creamery maintenance.
Compensation & Benefits
We provide housing, a stipend, and some food. Apprentices will share the farm house with the other apprentices, located on the farm. The house has wireless internet, heat, two bathrooms, and a fully-equipped kitchen. We also provide a stipend starting at $500/month, that can increase up to $1,000/month over the course of the year. Raw milk and cheese is free and available to all Cricket Creek staff and apprentices. All staff and apprentices receive a 20% discount on all items in our farm store.
How to Apply
Please visit http://cricketcreekfarm.com/internships-at-cricket-creek-farm/ for more information and application instructions.