Thistle Hill Farm LLC
Farm background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interests
Check out web site
Farmstead cheesemaking with our Jerseys. No purchased inputs except grain. Google Tarentaise
Farm physical setting and community
North Pomfret. Upper Valley within 10 miles, Woodstock 9 miles. Very hilly, pretty. Pond, dogs, cows and very quiet.
Are all crops and animals raised organically? If not, to what degree are organic methods used on the farm?
All organic, but the pigs are not certified.
Apprentice(s) and Farm Worker(s)
Number of apprentices needed:
Number of workers needed:
We are are a farmstead Cheesemaking operation We do it all from hay, to milking to making and selling our award winning Tarentaise cheese. It would be all the growing months (we are grass fed) You would be expected to be everywhere all at once. Check out the website
There is a lot of physical effort involved. Even a milk pail weighs 40 LB. Then there are hay bales, persuading cows to cow where they might not agree is a good place, etc. 5:00 AM start time (not everyday for everyone) and you must be able to work with my family ages 60 to 24. The cheese house can be very hot and moist during cleaning (and there is a lot of cleaning here, both in the barn and the cheese house. We are fastidious about that part. We have received the highest quality milk awards nationally and same with the cheese.
Work Week and Wages
Totally variable. Depends on the weather, whether we are making cheese, scrubbing cheese, haying milking or doing all at once.
Wage to be determined:
Wage based on experience:
Trial Period Information:
We need to meet you first, we can do details then.
Apprentice Benefits and Learning
Apprentice off-farm learning
- Attend NOFA Vermont workshops as part of paid work
- Time off to attend NOFA Vermont workshops
Room & Board Benefits:
Room and Board
Depends entirely on the candidate. It could go from room and board to neither.
Skills to be learned by apprentices
Cheese, milking, haying gardening etc.
Apprentice instruction and training
There will be a tremendous amount of instruction at the outset, but it will tail off if you are competent. If we have to be there all the time, we don't need you.