Shop, Field and Vineyard Crews
Students interested in practical farming opportunities not available in the Market Garden may be interested in being part of the shop, field or vineyard crew.
The shop crew provides students with opportunities to work with a staff person to gain practical experience in general farm operations, such as operating and maintaining farm equipment, general mechanics, metal working, irrigation, and farm construction. Generally, students become involved in the Market Garden before exploring opportunities with the shop crew.
Students involved in the vineyard crew manage the Student Farm's small vineyard of table grapes. The principle responsibilities include major pruning in January and February, training vines in April, spreading wood chips in October, and mowing throughout the season.