What Apprentices Can Expect

cropped-100_07421.jpgA typical workday lasts 6-8 hours but that varies according to personal stamina and, of course, the weather. Southern Mississippi summers are hot and humid. We’re often out in the field at daybreak, knocking off at 10:00 or 11:00 a.m. We pick up the pace again at around 4:00 p.m. When the weather gets cooler, we begin work after breakfast, around 9:00 a.m. and work until lunch, then complete our work by mid-afternoon.cropped-dsc_0215.jpgKeep in mind that farming can be very repetitive and includes tasks such as heavy lifting, repetitive grasping, standing, bending, and walking from one end of a growing zone to another. I’ve worked with apprentices who love to crank it out from dawn to dusk and others who don’t have that kind of endurance. We’re not trying to squeeze the life out of people, we are trying to provide a rich and rewarding experience for you.cropped-61.jpgBesides the farm chore routine, apprentices occasionally lend a helping hand around New Talavan Community. Farming is our focus but there’s also ample downtime for socializing and enjoying New Talavan’s festivals.