Spring Hill Farm hiring Interns

Sanbornton, New Hampshire
Spring Hill Farm seeks Interns for 2013

Spring Hill Farm follows organic practices (not certified) for vegetable, fruit and livestock production. This is a 3 year old farm operating on 85 acres of field and forest in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. We sell a wide variety of produce at 3 area Farmer’s Markets and through our small CSA program. Our farm has an ongoing commitment to becoming more sustainable in our practices and to building soil health through biochar, mineralization, composting and cover cropping.

We are looking for enthusiastic interns for the 2013 season. Positions are available from April through October, although we work with school schedules. The work is 5 ½ days a week. Room, board and a weekly stipend are available. Priority will be given to someone who has some farming experience and is interested in potentially pursuing a career in farming. We seek individuals with a good sense of humor who enjoy working hard, excited to learn, responsible and flexible, who can demonstrate attention to detail. You must be able to clearly follow directions, not be afraid to ask questions and make mistakes, be able to work both independently and as part of a team. You must be able to perform physically demanding and repetitive tasks, work in all kinds of weather, and be able to safely lift 50 lbs. You must have a valid driver’s license.

Work on the farm consists of fencing, moving and caring for livestock, seeding flats, field prep, transplanting, cultivating, staking, harvesting, washing and packing vegetables and record keeping. In addition, interns will work alongside the farmer in stocking the farm stand, selling at the Farmer’s Market, greeting CSA members, and preserving the harvest.

Projects for the 2013 season will include: blueberry bed expansion, new washing and packing station, building a coolbot, opening up a farm stand, beekeeping, fencing, plowing and prepping new fields for cultivation, and experiments with biochar and silvopasture.

We offer all of our skills and knowledge in running and building a small organic farm. Our farm library of over 100 books is available for loan. We also encourage workers to participate in the many educational opportunities and farm tours offered through Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) and UNH Cooperative Extension. Comments, questions and new ideas are welcomed. Interns are also encouraged to pursue their own farm related projects and interests during their stay.

Farming can be hard work. If you possess a deep love of being outside, working with nature, living sustainably, and learning every day, you will enjoy it. We try to throw in some fun by having cookouts, going for a swim, or visiting one of the other farms in the area.

Please visit www.springhillfarmnh.com to read more about us.

To apply: Submit a resume, letter of interest and 2-3 references, who know you and your work style well, to eric@springhillfarmnh.com. In your letter please include what you would like to learn and accomplish in farming this year and beyond, and why you think Spring Hill Farm may be a good fit.

 

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