Farm apprentice opportunities in Maine

Farm Apprenticeships provide opportunities for training in:

Organic vegetable, herb, and flower production at many different scales
Marketing techniques, including direct marketing strategies such as Community Supported Agriculture
Raising livestock, including cattle, goats, sheep, horses, pigs, and poultry
Using draft animals for cultivation and woods work
Homesteading skills, including house-building, food preservation, and alternative energy
Dairy farming and cheese making with cows, goats, or sheep
Maple sugaring, orchard pruning, cider pressing, and meat processing
Seed saving
Making value-added products with farm resources
Grass-based and intensive rotational grazing farm systems

That’s a lot of skills beyond growing a tomato. If you are an electrician, you could learn photovoltaics/solar power. You can learn food processing/preservation hands on.

Orchard pruning is a good skill too. Skilled orchard pruners get temporary but well paying gigs in California doing massive overtime. Then back to the surfboard. And you can learn generalized business skills.

Many people are too busy mashing buttons in Videogame Fantasyland or putting their selfies on their Facebook page to find this stuff interesting. But this is the real world, and if you actually go in the real world and do real things, the rewards can be amazing and beautiful and satisfying.

It’s harder and harder to get jobs out there, but there are lots of opportunities for entrepreneurs. We may be coming to a time where it’s actually easier to be a small business person than get a job. of course it’s easy for small businesses to fail, but for those who know how to do it and figure out what businesses are economically viable, there will be lots of opportunities.

And I think that the rule to go by for picking an economically viable business in a contracting economy will be a business that helps the new poor, the formerly middle class, and the formerly willingly gainfully employed, share assets and save money.

Peter Schiff had a Microsecessionist, Jonathan Bartlett, on his show on August 29, 2013

Bartlett was telling him about grinding your own grain for bread, growing your own food, et cetera, and Schiff said, “But it’s a shame to give up the benefits of civilization and specialization. Wouldn’t people have better things to do than produce their own food?”

He has a point, of course, in an ideal, perfect world. But in a world where the agricultural system is unsustainable and unhealthy, obesity costs the country 150 billion a year and diabetes is epidemic, we need to produce at least half of our own food just for our health, or be as rich as Peter Schiff and have your personal chef buying your food at Whole Foods and preparing it for you.

Go and learn processing and preparing, from the garden to the fork, including butchering if you can handle it, perhaps on a an apprenticeship linked above. From there you want to get in with the Hipster Paleo Diet types who have disposable income, and be the middleman between them and hobby gardeners and small farmers. And as I said before, ask for the raw product from the hobby gardeners for free. Have a place to store it with a walk in fridge, and trade some of it to small scale livestock people in exchange for meat and eggs.

that’s how you beat Whole Foods. Your fruit and vegetables will be DONATED.

But first, Paduan, you must go learn some real world skills. And Maine, as they say, is where the way life should be. Considering Maine is, as liberals hiss and spit to remind us, Racist Comments in Nation’s Whitest State Draw Fire
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Nation’s Whitest State

Yeaahhhh! Go Maine!


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9 Responses to Farm apprentice opportunities in Maine

  1. Maureen Martin, Aryan Street says:

    “I think that’s something they’ve got to do, is to figure out how do you draw in these minorities?” Saviello says, “Because in the long run, we, as Caucasians, are going to be in the minority. So we better figure it out.”

    Talk about circular thinking. You are going to be a minority in the U.S. so you’d better make yourself a minority in your state, city and neighborhood.

    Makes sense to me! NOT!

    Anyway I agree with starting your own business or businesses. Working for A-Holes is SO 20th century. When I hear people complain about there being no jobs I lose a little respect for them. No one owes anyone a job. And why would you want some corporation to ring you dry so THEY and THEIR FAMILY can become more rich and powerful.

    If you already have a family then you may be trapped for a while but I can’t figure out why young adults living at home wouldn’t start their own businesses at this point. Stay small…hiring employees legitimately is very expensive in many states. Plug mony back into the business at first for advertising, equipment etc.

    There are many books out there that can help you learn what to do and not do. Do yourself a favor and read em.

  2. Icelander says:

    MW: o/t, but if I may recommend some music to you and everyone else; Bathory (RIP) is from Sweden and in my opinion bridges the old days of legend with today. I know for a fact Varg was inspired by him.

  3. Ryu says:

    It’s a good idea. Alot of people are getting away from eating the processed diet. A smart farmer could probably make some good money and friends if he knew how to “sell” his product. And it would definitely be better than working a 9-5 in an office.

    • mindweapon says:

      It’s a tough one. A farm can’t just sell to people who are accustomed to supermarkets and restaurants. A farm has to sell into a whole system of processing and storage and preparation.

      We don’t have that system any more. It was centralized. We need to bring it back.

      Someone who becomes a processor/storage and distribution center can solicit donations from hobby gardeners.

      • Maureen Martin, Aryan Street says:

        What about getting a license to sell surplus organic vegetables on the street or door to door? I suspect there would only be a decent profit if you got the vegies donatated to you (stealing MWs earlier idea).

      • mindweapon says:

        Screw getting a license! They want you to buy insurance for like 700 bucks a year! And do you really want to go begging, “please, please buy my fresh fruits and vegetables” to fools who prefer Roundup saturated corn syrup? Not me. Also, imagine hauling those vegetables all over creation?

        The thing to do is take over a soup kitchen and get the people who want to eat Paleo, or Paleo plus legumes and tubers, and sell to them out of the soup kitchen. Have them “donate” to the soup kitchen, and put on “community meals” every day. Of course, the upscale Paleo types might not want to rub elbows with homeless people, but then again, if they can eat Paleo every day on the cheap, they might get over it. And you could do “soup kitchen takeout.”

      • Maureen Martin, Aryan Street says:

        ok now you can explain to me how in the world one would take over a soup kitchen.

      • mindweapon says:

        Be the bestest volunteer they have. Get donations from farms. If you are the most reliable person, the others will have a chance to do less and let you do more. That’s my theory at least.

      • Maureen Martin, Aryan Street says:

        And where would I get the meat?

        And you are correct. The Paleo won’t come to a soup kitchen. It is the last stop before death.

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