Join the Blackbrook Crew!!
Employees Start: April
Employees End: end of CSA (mid to late November) 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 2018 season, we are looking for 4 more total positions. 3 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. Our employees will be responsible for animal chores which we will rotate monthly. Employees will also have the opportunity to help on projects around the farm, including carpentry and machinery maintenance.
Interns will receive both hands on (primary) and classroom style (secondary) education. This is a high paced production farm, so you mainly learn by doing. That being said, we are reducing the number internships available this year so that we can work more closely with the interns we hire. You will learn how to do a multitude of tasks on the tractor including cultivating, spreading, bed preparation and more. You will learn about irrigation systems including drip and overhead. You will learn how to manage high tunnels. You will learn about soil fertility, pest management, crop rotations, farm financial and production planning, and more. We do periodic “walk arounds” with interns to monitor crops and make management decisions. You will also have the opportunity to work with our beef cattle, hogs, and chickens.
We are also looking for a Pack shed Leader. We need you to have at least 1 year 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.
For all positions, you will be living on a family farm, 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. 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 all positions, work hours are about 40-45 hours a week. The Pack Shed leader position pay will be 11-12/hr (based on experience) with room and board taken out of the monthly paycheck. For the General Internship positions, salary is 900+/month plus free housing and all food plus weekday meals.
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. We share in a mid-day meal together. 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 if you are living in the farm.
Housing: You will be provided with a reasonably sized private bedroom in our intern house or in a camper. Internet 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 (Ayla) or 651-343-2595 (James)