2020 Full Season Farm Intern
Our small intensive farm offers a wonderful opportunity for those interested in learning about how a market farm runs. A full season internship runs from March/April through November and requires 50-55 hours (5 days per week), plus assistance in daily animal chores, and occasional weekend responsibilities. You will work in most aspects of the farm operation alongside the two owner/farmers as well as have responsibilities working on your own. As on any vegetable farm there is always a lot to do. Duties will include cultivation and tending to crops as well as harvesting, washing, and packing produce. You will be assisting with seeding, transplanting, greenhouse management, soil management, pest and disease control, irrigation setup and operation, mulching, and miscellaneous field work. In addition to working with the produce, there is daily and weekly duties for the poultry. Chores include feeding, moving houses, setting up net fencing, and collecting and cleaning eggs. We slaughter our poultry on the farm and will require that you help out the 2-3 times we process during the summer. We also have on-farm events periodically throughout the season which include either our CSA members or the public. Interns are asked to help lead these volunteer crews as well as participate in our farm dinners and other events.
We are looking for individuals with strong work ethic. One that enjoys doing physically taxing work (must be able to lift 50lbs), even in adverse conditions. The summers are very hot and humid in Southside Virginia and although we do our best to schedule hard work for the cooler times of day, this job requires a positive attitude and the will to work through difficulty.
Other necessary skills include the ability to learn quickly, take direction well, do repetitive tasks, and multitask. A person who is attentive, has fun working, and has a desire to learn to work faster and more efficiently. Our quality standards for our produce and poultry are very high so we are looking for an individual with a passion for food and cooking and an interest in developing their craft as a farmer. Needs a valid drivers license and on farm interviews are preferred.
We offer an $800 per month stipend, plus housing, all food expenses, and 5 paid vacation or sick days.
Housing: a private room in our beautiful 1880’s farmhouse plus access to all of the downstairs, including a well equipped kitchen, a large porch, bathroom with claw foot tub, and living areas. All utilities (heat, woodstove, & AC), wifi, and household basic supplies are included.
Meals: We provide 3 hot meals per day, having a rotating schedule for meal preparation. We love cooking and hope you will too. Weekends are on your own; but the kitchen and food is available to you. All food expenses are covered as part of the stipend, which often includes local artisanal bread, cheese, mushrooms, specialty coffee, and an unrivaled pantry of spices, Asian condiments, and staples.
We are searching for one intern or a couple to assist throughout our main growing season. Previous farm experience is not necessary, but experience with physical labor of some sort is a must. As the owners, we both work exclusively on the farm and are invested in creating a profitable farming system that builds community and a love of food and cooking. Our business is committed to embracing diversity of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and ability. We welcome applications from those that also embrace this diversity.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in applying. Please include information about yourself, a resume, references, and any questions you may have.