Nightfall Farm

Nightfall Farm
Crothersville, IN

Apprenticeship Mentor Farm

Agroforestry Systems:
Silvopasture

Farm Information

Nightfall Farm is a pasture-based livestock farm in southeast Indiana. Farm owners Liz and Nate Brownlee believe that small farms can help rebuild rural places. For them, rebuilding means bringing Liz’s family land back to life, selling food in small communities, and connecting people through food. The Brownlees rotationally graze meat chickens, laying hens, pigs, turkeys, and sheep on about 50 acres of young silvopasture, which includes about 1,000 native and cultivar trees. Grazing is a way to build up the health of the soil, respect animals, and produce high-quality meat and eggs. The Brownlees sell the meat via its 50-family CSA, two local farmers markets, and to small restaurants and groceries. The farm added 400 native trees around 2014, and 300 more in 2020. Nightfall Farm also has a half-acre elderberry planting that is bearing fruit, as well as 1,700 feet of shrub willows. The willows are a major source of shade for the livestock and habitat for wildlife – plus the Brownlees sell willow cuttings to basket-makers and casket-makers. In their farm plan, the Brownlees hope to expand its market to include florists and also start selling propagation materials to area farmers and gardeners.

Farm Information
Owners:
Liz and Nate Brownlee
Located: Crothersville, IN

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Spring Apprentice

Nightfall Farm is looking for an early-season apprentice to help with major expansion of its shrub willow hedgerows starting in mid to late February and running 10 weeks. Apprentices will learn coppicing and propagating. The spring apprentice will work and learn alongside the Brownlees as they expand this agroforestry aspect of the farm.

Apprenticeship Program

Availability: Open

Fall Apprentice

Apprentices help with all aspects of a pasture-based livestock operation. Nightfall Farm is built around the animals; each day starts and ends with caring for sheep, chickens, pigs, and turkeys. Apprentice tasks include feeding, watering, building fencing for rotational grazing, and observing animal well-being. This work is repetitive and joyful, and the Brownlees take great care in sharing knowledge and making sure apprentices leave the farm ready to manage their own herd.

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