Cheesemaking Apprenticeship

Cricket Creek Farm
October 31, 2017
Job Type
Posting Duration
60 days


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.

Creamery Apprenticeship: 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.

All apprentices must have good people skills and enjoy interacting with the public. We’re looking for apprentices who are excited about taking on significant responsibility. All apprentices will be attending weekly farmers markets and occasionally making deliveries. All apprentices work 5-6 days per week. We are looking for self-motivated people who are interested in learning through hard work.

CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training): Cricket Creek Farm participates in the CRAFT program.  This means that our apprentices will have the opportunity to visit many other small farms during their time here and connect with the apprentice community in this region.  We are thrilled to be part of this group and offer this exciting opportunity to apprentices.  To find out more about the CRAFT program, check out the CRAFT website.

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