Join our Team!!
Employees Start: March or April
Employees End: end of CSA (mid to late October) with option for winter work
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months
Internship Details: We encourage applicants who have a desire to farm on their own in the future. For the 2017 season, we are looking for 5 total positions. Three positions will be general interns and will perform all of the tasks involved in our daily farming operations. In the spring, there will be a lot of work in the greenhouse to propagate the vegetable transplants. Around May, the work will quickly change into field preparation, transplanting, and cultivating, including tractor work. Entering June, we will start harvesting, washing, and packing our crops. It is an option for employees to work our farmers’ markets. Our employees will be responsible for animal chores, including weekends. Employees will also have the opportunity to help on projects around the farm, including carpentry and machinery maintenance.
We are also looking for a Pack shed Leader. We need you to have at least 2 years of production-level farm experience. This position will be similar to the general internship but you will be responsible for leading others in pack shed activities, post-harvest handling, packing, cleaning etc. We want this person to be detail oriented and able to lead others. While your focus during the harvest season will be to lead others in washing and packing and maintaining quality and pack standards, this is a general position which will entail all other farm duties as well.
The other position will be Senior Intern. We need you to have at least 2 years of production-level farm experience. We want someone who is fast-paced and high-production oriented and is capable of leading others. This position also will entail general daily farm activities. For all positions, you will be living with a family, so flexibility around that is important. We enjoy living with our employees and sharing farm life together. You will be living communally and sharing in the responsibilities of work and home together as a group. A willingness and eagerness to take part in this is very important.
Skills Desired: For the three general intern positions farming related experience is not required, but is looked at as a plus. For the Senior Intern, we require that you have 2 years of vegetable production experience. For the pack shed leader position, we would like you to have at least 2 years of farming experience. The primary skills required will be work ethic and common sense. The farm can be an inhospitable place for anyone lacking one or both of these. We need someone who is comfortable with heavy lifting and long days. It is great if you have had any other kind of hands-on work in any field (carpentry, manual labor, farming, landscaping, field work, etc).
Stipend: For the 3 general internship positions, your take home pay is 800/month plus room and board. We are prepared to offer more if you have more experience than we require. We provide all of your food, as well as two cooked meals a day during the work week. For the pack shed leader position, your pay will be 10-12/hr (based on experience) with room and board taken out of the monthly paycheck. For the Senior Intern, your pay will be 9-11/hr (based on experience) with room and board taken out of the monthly paycheck.
Meals: We eat well, using our vegetables and meats from the farm as well as other local foods. We consider food and meal time to be one of the most important activities and benefits of working on our farm. You eat your own light breakfast on your own before we start work, then we break as a group for “second breakfast” around 10:30 am, and again for a lunch in the afternoon. We value the quality of our meals, so when we do not personally prepare the meals, we have our employees prepare them on paid time. You can purchase food items you want for yourself (within reason) or for communal meals and be reimbursed monthly.
Housing: You will be provided with a reasonably sized private bedroom in our intern house or in a camper. Internet and laundry is provided. Please bring boots, mud boots, rain gear, appropriate clothing for all types of weather and sheets and pillows for your bed. You do not need to bring any furniture.
Preferred method Of Contact: email is best. Phones calls are good, too. firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-702-0444.