Job Title: Organic Farm/Ice Cream Apprentice
Internship Starts: 07-01-2017
Internship Ends: 11-01-2017
Number of Interns: 2
General Description: Kiss the Cow Farm is an organic, grass-based dairy selling farmstead ice cream and raw milk from our small herd of Jersey cows. We also raise and sell pastured eggs, broilers, ducks, and turkeys. In our spare time we make several hundred round bales every summer.
Skills Desired: You need to have a positive-can-do attitude, be self-motivated, hard-working, inquisitive, and a good communicator. If you have the courage to try things and you smile at bad jokes in spite of yourself, then you will probably fit in. This is a learning experience: you need to want to learn. You will need to be reasonably fit and able to lift 50 lbs regularly. You should also be able to work outside in all weather conditions from rain to mid-summer heat. Please no smoking, drug use, excessive alcohol consumption, or pets. A valid drivers’s license is required.
Educational Opportunities: Days are physically demanding with hard work and long hours filled with chores, projects, customers and laughter! We take plenty of breaks, chatting, reading, and catching some vitamin D sunrays. Our standards are high and necessarily so as we are entrusting you to prepare dairy and poultry products for safe human consumption. Please consider this commitment before applying. However, we find the work enjoyable, lots of interesting folks to chat with, tons of things to laugh and giggle about, and very entertaining and often cute animals to distract us. This is really your experience, not ours. While working closely with us some of the time, you will also have independent responsibilities. So let us know what you want to learn, what you want to be able to competently do when you move on. We’ll try to incorporate your goals into the experience you have with us.
We share a 500 acre, historic farm with other ag enterprises (veggies, beef cows, hard cider). Crews from all the farms share a weekly lunch together. Lots of farming activity and other younger and older, like-minded people to interact with. Near Silver Lake State Park and lots of hiking trails. And we co-host a weekly farmers’ market with local vendors, awesome bands, tacos, hard cider, kombucha & ice cream for a few hundred people. It’s a very cool time. This is a typical, rural Vermont experience. Life’s great here. Come experience it yourself!
Housing: There are bedrooms upstairs in the farm house. Or you could choose to live in your tent anywhere on the surrounding several hundred acres of woodland and eat what you can forage, but hey, it’s your choice! We’ve also retrofitted the sugar house into a 1-2 person residence.
Meals: As for room & board, well basically you become a member of the farmily! You have your own fully equipped, outside kitchen, dining area and shower. Basic ingredients as well as veggies & diary are provided, as is a weekly food allowance. Laundry, another shower and kitchen are also available in the main house. While not vegetarians ourselves, we love veggies and there are plenty in the summer and fall!
Stipend: Absolutely! Plus room & board. Plus unending learning opportunities from professional educators. Plus responsibility & practice so you can confidently do this on your own which is, of course, the whole point of an internship….
Internship Details: This is an immersion experience. You will be part of a small, (currently) all-woman team making decisions and managing the farm on a day-to-day basis. You will experience first-hand what it takes to run a diverse, organic farm. Apprenticeships are not easy as the hours are long and the work is physical. However, there is no better way to learn the craft of small-scale agriculture than to roll up your sleeves and do it. The primary goal of our apprenticeship program is to teach you what you need to know and give you plenty of practice and the confidence to pursue your own farm dream.
Our internships focus on three areas, dairy herd management, pastured poultry management and ice cream making. Depending on your interest, you may focus on one area, but will still be involved in all aspects of managing a small, grass-based farm, including: milking, feeding, moving animals to new pastures, the installation and maintenance of fence and water systems, calf care, herd health and nutrition, safety, dairy protocols and processes. You’ll be raising poultry from day-old chicks, feeding, watering, moving field pens, tracking batches, processing, packaging, and delivering to customers. You will not only learn to make ice cream, but help us create the processes for this new adventure. You will participate at farmers markets and enterprise brainstorming, assist with marketing, cleaning, repairs, maintenance, and construction projects.
About the Hosts: Both Lisa and Randy are educators with master’s degrees in education. Most learning is experiential and one-on-one, plus what topics and questions come out of dairy conversations. We typically teach by example.
Our farm journey is still a surprise to us. It all started years ago with 6 chickens. We’ve now 450 layer hens, several hundred meat birds, and a dozen or so cows. So basically, it’s out of control! Thank God we love this life, the land, our animals and friends. Why do we do this? Easy peasy: we want to grow good food for our friends and neighbors, teach something meaningful to others, and leave things in better shape than when we found them.
Contact Info: Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone – 802-763-3921
Web – www.kissthecowfarm.com