Cate Hill Orchard is looking for farm interns for the upcoming season. We are a small diverse family farm located in Greensboro, Vermont. We have a five acre organic apple orchard, a 50 head sheep dairy, and a 30 hive apiary, as well as a small flock of chickens, a few pigs, and lots of small fruits and berries.
The farm intern(s) would be involved in all aspects of the farm; however, helping with sheep would be the bulk of the work– rotationally grazing; milking; mucking out the barn; moving lambs to distant pastures; fixing fences, health checks. Other work would include: berry picking; apple thinning; mulching, weeding, and mowing around berry plants; vegetable gardening; chicken and pig care; apple harvest; farmers markets.
The shepherd position goes from May 1-October 15. Interns will get room and board, plus $150/week stipend. Rooms are in our farmhouse, with a basic outdoor kitchen shared with other interns. We are on a back road, 5 miles from the nearest small town, so a car is a good idea.
Farm experience is helpful but not necessary– mainly we are looking for people with a genuine interest in learning! Must be willing to work outside, in heat or cold, rain or shine, black flies and all. The farm intern will have an opportunity to learn about organic, small scale sheep dairying; cheesemaking; organic apple orchard management; natural beekeeping, and more.