A key component of Denniston Hill has always been agriculture. From its earliest incarnation, Denniston Hill has relied on the vegetables from its own garden and the surrounding forest to sustain residents. In 2010, we began to expand our commitment to local and organically sustainable farming methods by collaborating with young, local farmers Trussbridge Farm and Majestic Farm. In 2011, we introduced the Art + Agriculture apprenticeship, which gave potential farmers the opportunity to learn all aspects of running a small farm through hands-on experience. In 2013, we introduced a related residency, that seeks to bring young chefs in to a dialogue with local growers to create sustainable creative and economic partnerships. In 2014, the Art + Agriculture apprenticeship will focus on developing these relationships, running a Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program, and innovating new farming and marketing practices.
The apprenticeship runs from April 1 to October 31, with the possibility of a year-long stay, and involves working closely with two farms that employ organic and sustainable farming practices. Apprentices rotate through all aspects of farming and marketing, including working with the field vegetables, pastured livestock operation, and designing a small garden. The program’s focus is on production, marketing, and education. Apprentices work with a committed farm team to learn the daily rhythms in each part of the farm.
The apprenticeship is a unique collaboration between Denniston Hill, a not-for-profit arts center engaged with questions of sustainable development and Trussbridge Farm, an all-natural farm that employs organic, sustainable growing practices. Apprentices receive housing, a share of meat, and a share of vegetables. This is an excellent learning opportunity for future farmers who are interested in learning all aspects of running a small farm. The apprenticeship takes place in a creative environment with many opportunities for learning and dialogue with the farmers and artists in residence at Denniston Hill.
Note: We are currently not accepting applications for our Art+Agriculture Program.