Frequently Asked Questions
Who Should Apply?
- Future farmers
- Future Jewish educators
- DIYer and community organizers
- Hard-working team members
- Creative problem solvers
- Those ready to work in nature, regardless of weather conditions
- Those who demonstrate timeliness and attention to detail
- Open to developing programs and farm infrastructure
- Familiar with sustainable agriculture
- Passionate about food justice and Jewish community
How long is this apprenticeship?
The apprentice starts on Sunday, April 14th, 2013 and ends on Friday, October 18th, 2013.
What kind of educator training is provided?
- Training with Jewish Farm School's curriculum.
- Practical field experience with participants and educators of all ages.
- Farm education best practices.
- Leadership experience as educators for Farm-to-Table Program at Eden Village Camp.
What sustainable agricultural training is provided?
- Annual vegetable production,
- Permaculture techniques,
- Greenhouse production,
- Biological soil and fertility management,
- Animal husbandry,
- Orchard management,
- Tool maintenance,
- Crop planning,
- and Beyond!
What practical skills will I learn?
- Herbal medicine
- Fermentation and traditional Jewish foods
- Natural building
- Wilderness survival skills
Farming is different depending on the season. How will my work and responsibilities change? What does a typical day on the farm look like?
It's true that no two days will be the same, but to answer your question and give you a general idea of what to expect we've added a schedule and a guide by season. Check it out.
What kind of Jewish education is there for me?
- Training in Jewish Agricultural Laws and how they are practiced at the Farm at Eden Village. Check out the Jewish Food Rules!
- Frequent Jewish learning sessions that involve interpreting traditional texts.
- Friday afternoon closing circles, blessings around meals, shabbat, and other rituals provide opportunities for integrating Judaism into daily life.
What kind of personal and professional development can I participate in?
Where will I live and what is the food like?
Eden Village Camp has a great staff housing village with many dorm style cabins. Each room can house 2 -3 people with a shared bathroom.
Meals at Eden Village Camp are celebrated and talked about for days. The food is all organic, kosher, mostly vegetarian and as locally sourced as possible. We always provide a gluten-free option too. During the Summer all meals are held in the Dining Hall with the rest of camp. During the Spring and Fall, meals are also eaten in the dining hall. There is an emphasis on apprentice participation in cooking and learning how to incorporate farm food into Jewish community living. Delicious!
How much will I get paid?
We offer a stipend of $2,000 for 6 months, plus room and board.
Do I get days off?
The Apprenticeship is an immersive experience and is intended to facilitate personal and community growth alongside education. We also want to encourage rest and rejuvenation so people can participate fully in programs and as educators. Jewish Farm School maintains Shabbat (Saturdays) as its day off once a week. Apprentices will also have an additional half day off per week. Major Jewish holidays are counted as your days off during the weeks that they fall, with time given for travel before and after.
Who comes to Eden Village Camp?
- People from all over North America interested in food, agriculture and community and how it relates to their Jewish roots.
- Children of all ages excited to be immersed in the outdoors.
- The summer staff which ranges from 80-100 young adults and professional educators.
- Synagogue groups from New York City and the surrounding area.
- Homeschooled children between the ages of 4 and 12.
I am Orthodox, can I live at Eden Village Camp?
Jewish observance levels vary considerably among the Eden Village community. We are a pluralistic community which means we work hard to accommodate all levels of observance. Our dining room and kitchen is strictly kosher and Friday evening and Saturday is time off.
What is the community like surrounding Eden Village Camp? What is there to do?
The Hudson Valley of New York is the gem of the east coast. Highlights include the Appalachian Trail, a 10 minute walk from the farm. Within driving distance are beautiful lakes, streams and mountains. We are also a 15 minute drive to Cold Spring, NY, which is a major hub for local and international tourists. There are lots of shops and restaurants plus a direct train to New York City.
Beacon, NY is also a 25 minute drive which offers many local attractions. Some things not to miss:
- Stone Crop Botanical Garden, Cold Spring, NY
- DIA Beacon, NY
- Storm King, Newburgh, NY