2021 Herb Farmer Apprenticeship

Are you interested in an exciting opportunity for a hands on learning experience? Mayernik Kitchen, led by Matt, is offering this unique opportunity to a small group of individuals. The apprenticeship will cover a full year, from seed to harvest. The seed to harvest program will provide hands on experience of growing over 40 different medicinal plants. Starting in Late Winter with planning and seed starting to harvesting and seed saving in the Fall.

What is an Herb Farmer Apprenticeship?

Mayernik Kitchen Herb Farmer Apprenticeship is a 10- month intensive apprenticeship.  The program consists of one full Saturday per month, February thru November. 

There are two groups for this apprenticeship, one on the 1st Saturday of each month and one on the 3rd Saturday of each month. 

Each full day takes place between either North Haledon, NJ (Late Winter/Early Spring) and Wantage, NJ (Spring, Summer & Fall).  Each day will span from 9:30 am to 3:30 p.m. (times may vary slightly due to weather and time of year)

The program is hands on that will include planning, seed starting, planting, soil management, medicinal plant education, harvesting and seed saving.

In the early months we will be indoors planning and getting ready for the season to begin, with plant education as well as planning out growing principals.

As the season begins, (May - November) we will be outside working on the farm, planting, building soil, harvesting and so much more.

Planning

  • Learning how medicinal herbs can be grown successfully in growing zone 6b
  • Learning the difference between annual and perennials and growing cycles
  • Developing a schedule of when to start seeds indoors

 

Seed Growing

  • How to successfully grow seedlings indoors, from racks to heat sources to growing trays
  • Proper soil usage for different seeds and plants
  • Sourcing seeds and seed preparation: stratification, scarification & direct sowing
  • Proper watering techniques and tricks

Hardening / Planting

  • Moving plants from indoors to outdoors and proper hardening techniques
  • Preparing the soil beds and clearing new growing areas
  • Following weather patterns and cycles

Compost management

  • Composting basics - learning about your greens and browns
  • How to build a successful compost
  • Using the compost for soil amendments

Weed management

  • Learning about invasive weeds vs beneficial weeds
  • Learn how to successfully use landscape fabric for weed prevention
  • Weed identification and their medicinal uses

Harvesting

  • Learning plant cycles and when to successfully harvest
  • Learning the difference between over harvesting and proper harvesting
  • Learning how to process plants and properly store for the Winter months

Seed Saving

  • Learning the basics of seed savings
  • Proper storage technique for seeds
  • Determining germination rate for saved seeds

Who is this apprenticeSHIP for?

  • Individuals that are looking to have a better understanding of medicinal herb cultivation
  • Individuals that are interested in growing their knowledge of how to grow, what to grow and how to use medicinal plants
  • Individuals that are looking for a holistic approach to planning, seeding, growing and harvesting
  • Individuals who want to learn about medicinal plants and cultivation
  • Individuals that want to be in nature and work a farm

Please note: not all days are easy! Some days we will be working hands in the dirt, knees in the mud, planting, pulling, harvesting, weeding, building composts and growing a great appreciation for what it takes to run a successful herb farm. Apprentices must be able to withstand chilly weather as well as the hot sun. 

Where Is the apprenticeship Located?

The apprenticeship will take place each month at one of two locations: North Haledon or Wantage, New Jersey.

North Haledon

The first 3 months of the apprenticeship will take place in North Haledon NJ, located in Passaic county, minutes away from William Paterson University.  With temperatures in the cold to frigid range the first few months, the initial time will provide learning about the medicinal plants, growing and usage and well as seed starting. 

 

Wantage

MK North, is located in picturesque Sussex county on the border of High Point State Park. We will be working on the land from April through November (weather permitting). You will experience the change in season along with the plants and learn how to run a herb farm.

What is the apprenticeship schedule?

There are two groups available, each group is schedule for a different Saturday of each month. Times for all scheduled classes are set at 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sage Group

First Saturday of each month (unless otherwise noted)

Date  
Sat Feb 06, 2021
Sat Mar 06, 2021
Sat Apr 03, 2021
Sat May 01, 2021
Sat Jun 05, 2021
Sat Jul 10, 2021 Second saturday of July
Sat Aug 07, 2021
Sat Sep 11, 2021 Second Saturday of September
Sat Oct 02, 2021
Sat Nov 06, 2021

Elderberry Group

Third Saturday of each month

Date  
Sat Feb 20, 2021
Sat Mar 20, 2021
Sat Apr 17, 2021
Sat May 15, 2021
Sat Jun 19, 2021
Sat Jul 17, 2021
Sat Aug 21, 2021
Sat Sep 18, 2021
Sat Oct 16, 2021
Sat Nov 20, 2021

Rain dates 

In the event of a rain date, the class will be held the following Saturday unless otherwise noted on the schedule above. 

How much does it cost?

The 10-session apprenticeship total cost is $849. Just 6 easy installments of $141.50 each. 

Pay in FULL today, and save $50 = $799. 

 

About the Instructor Matt

Matt, is the youngest of 3 brothers, and at age 7, he helped start the families first vegetable garden. By 12-years-old, he was in charge of the garden, especially weed removal and harvesting.  By 14, Matt was able to start seeding indoors in winter with the use of grow lights.  At age 16, The Herb Book by John Lust helped Matt incorporate herbs into their small backyard garden. This is where Matt's love of herbs blossomed. 

Over the next 20 years, Matt educated himself on growing vegetables and medicinal herbs. Today, Matt’s garden in Northern New Jersey grows over 100 different species of vegetables, herbs and fruit annually. 

How to Register

Sage Group

First Saturday of the month (unless otherwise noted)

Elderberry Group

Third Saturday of each month