Massachusetts – Red Shirt Farm hiring Interns

Lanesborough, Massachusetts

Red Shirt Farm is Hiring Interns for 2018

Contact: Jim Schultz

Phone: 413-822-9250

Email: jim@redshirtfarm.com

Website: http://www.redshirtfarm.com

Farm Description – Red Shirt Farm is a 13-acre (3 leased), diversified, sustainable farm in Lanesborough, Massachusetts in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains operated by Jim and Annie Schultz. We began developing the farm in 2000 and have run it as a commercial operation for the last 6 years.

We use ecologically-based, regenerative methods to grow 2 acres of mixed vegetables which we provide to a 65-family CSA, several wholesale accounts and a farmers market. No pesticides, herbicides or chemicals of any kind are used on the farm and we practice permaculture-based, Biodynamics-inspired no-till methods in our vegetable production and orchard and pasture management. We make the majority of the compost that we use on the farm and are actively engaged in remineralizing our soil. A small, multi-species permaculture orchard is just coming into production.

Our infrastructure is constantly evolving but we currently have a barn with vegetable wash area and walk-in coolers, a heated propagation house, two large greenhouses and a mobile high tunnel. The farm is solar-powered and we use a climate battery to heat one of our three greenhouses year-round. We use a wide spectrum of tools appropriate to the task at hand including a tractor, a BCS walk-behind tractor, and a variety of human-powered implements and hand tools.

Animals are an integral part of our operation. We selectively breed, hatch and raise heritage, pastured chickens and turkeys for meat and eggs. Our poultry is processed humanely on-farm under a Massachusetts state license. We also raise heritage feeder pigs on pasture. Several bee hives are kept for pollination and honey production. Our dog, Jansen, and two cats keep a watchful eye on the farm and keep us company.

Job Description – Our interns participate in all aspects of the farm’s operations, including the philosophy of sustainable methods, the logistics of managing a diverse vegetable and animal farm, and marketing. Interns will be exposed to greenhouse propagation, soil amending, cover cropping, bed preparation, weed control, pest management, harvesting and season extension, as well as animal husbandry and humane processing. The internship entails about 45 hours of work per week, including marketing at the CSA or farmers market for half a day on Saturdays.

Start/End Dates – Early April – Late November

Application Deadline – Rolling Admission until positions are filled

Desired Skills – Although prior farming experience is not strictly necessary, our apprenticeship program is designed for those with a serious professional interest in agriculture.  Aside from demonstrating a strong interest in sustainable agriculture, you are our ideal candidate if you are honest, responsible, respectful and reliable. You should be self-motivated; take pride in doing high quality work; work well with others and individually; have a good sense of humor and a desire to have fun; and be excited about living in community with others. Good people skills are important—you should display a friendly, energetic and engaged demeanor when interacting with CSA members and customers farmers markets, and be comfortable interacting and leading volunteers, student work groups and WWOOFers. Finally, you should find pleasure in physical work in all weather conditions, be able to lift 55 lbs and have a valid driver’s license.

Compensation and living arrangements– Apprentices receive room and board on the farm as well as a $200/week stipend.  Housing is available as either a room within the farmhouse or in an adjoining studio apartment.  Both housing options offer a private bathroom. Other amenities include workers compensation insurance, wireless internet, laundry facilities, and farm produce for personal use.

Meals are typically cooked and eaten communally, with rotating responsibilities both in the kitchen and around the farmhouse.  We eat a primarily veggie-centric diet supplemented with protein raised on the farm.

Education – Interns receive substantial education in all aspects of running a small-scale, diversified farm, and enjoy access to the farm’s large agricultural library. Interns are also given the opportunity to participate in CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training), which includes regular half-day visits to other farms in the area and in the annual NOFA Summer Conference.  If there is interest, interns can learn about and participate in food preservation, yoghurt making, bee-keeping and harvesting honey.

Recreational opportunities

The Berkshires is a cultural mecca and a paradise for outdoors enthusiasts. The area boasts over a hundred cultural attractions, many of them world renowned. Take in a concert at Tanglewood; see a show at the Williamstown Theater Festival, Shakespeare and Company or the Barrington Stage; or enjoy art exhibits at the Clark Art Institute, Mass MoCA or the Norman Rockwell Museum. We’re located right at the base of Mt. Greylock, the state’s highest peak—just head out the door to go for a hike, mountain bike or trail run. A number of other state parks dot the area. Take a dip at Pontoosuc Lake, Wahconah Falls or Margaret Lindley Park, all just minutes away. Three other farms in the area host apprentices—make some new friends and hang out after work. Grab a book from our extensive sustainable ag library and add some book learning to your new-found hands-on skills.

How to Apply

Email is our preferred method of contact for questions or if you are interested in working with us: jim@redshirtfarm.com Please send a cover letter and a resume if you have one. For more information about the farm check out our website: https://www.redshirtfarm.com

 

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Oregon – Rogue Farm Corps hiring Interns

Ashland, Oregon

APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN FOR ROGUE FARM CORPS’ 2018 FARMER TRAINING PROGRAMS
APPLY FOR FREE UNTIL JANUARY 15 (APPLICATION FEE BEGINS JANUARY 16)

ROGUE FARM CORPS’ INTERNSHIP PROGRAM:
Rogue Farm Corps’ Internship Program is a full season entry-level residential farmer training program combining hands-on training and skills-based education in sustainable agriculture. Participants live and train full-time on a host farm, receiving up to 1,500 hours of on-farm training and learning in-depth skills from a mentor farmer. The residential farm training experience is enhanced with the addition of farm tours, classes, and discussion circles throughout the region, as well as an in-depth independent project. Interns are exposed to a vast array of knowledge and expertise by engaging in the daily life of vibrant, agricultural communities. Rogue Farm Corps works with more than 20 host farms located in the Rogue Valley, the Portland Metro Area, the South Willamette Valley, and Central Oregon, providing experiences with vegetable production, animal husbandry, dairy, diverse operations, and more.

For profiles of specific host farms, all program details, application process, and more, please visit our website: http://roguefarmcorps.org

ON-FARM TRAINING (~40+ HOURS/WEEK)
The Internship is a hands-on learning experience. The vast majority of your time will be spent learning by doing. Interns train alongside their mentor farmer and independently to develop skills while accomplishing daily tasks that move their host farm along through the season.
Rogue Farm Corps works closely with farm mentors to provide interns with a skill-based curriculum that is unique to each host farm.  Our Chapter Coordinators will conduct formal on-site evaluations with interns and host farmers to ensure that interns’ education and training goals are being met.

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS: CLASSES, FARM TOURS, AND DISCUSSIONS (~3-5 TIMES PER MONTH)
To augment the training and learning at each host farm, participants join other interns in the local region for classes that teach practical skills as well as foundational concepts and knowledge, farm tours, discussion circles and potlucks throughout the agricultural region. These are led by Rogue Farm Corps staff, agricultural professionals, and expert farmers who employ a variety of teaching approaches and locations, from traditional classroom settings to experiential on-farm settings.
INDEPENDENT PROJECTS (~1-2 HOURS PER WEEK)
During the course of the farming season, every intern will complete an independent project, submit a report and make a short presentation at the end-of-season Closing Dinner. Examples of previous independent projects include raising a small flock of ducks for market, constructing a root crop storage room, developing recipe cards for market customers, and building an outdoor cob oven.
PROGRAM DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS
The Internship Program begins between March 15 and April 15 and concludes between October 15 and November 15 depending on the host farm. Room, board, and stipend packages vary from farm to farm. Interns are assured safe, secure housing, farm-produced food and some staples, and a monthly stipend. Each host farmer determines the details. To successfully complete the program, interns will complete 1,000 to 1,500 hours of on-farm training time, submit weekly reflective journal entries, complete an independent project, and attend all classes and farm tours.

For profiles of specific host farms, all program details, application process, and more, please visit our website: http://roguefarmcorps.org

New York – Unadilla Community Farm hiring Organic Farm Interns

Organic Farming & Natural Building Internship (May-September 2018)

Unadilla Community Farm, West Edmeston, NY

We are building an off-the-grid homestead and education center following the principles of organic agriculture and permaculture design. We are situated on 12 acres of field and forest land in the rural hamlet of West Edmeston in the heart of Amish country in central New York.

Interns will gain hands-on experience in organic gardening, natural building, and food preservation. We are seeking interns interested in disconnecting from the mainstream, learning to support ourselves by growing our own organic produce, utilizing natural building methods to construct our barn and dwelling structures, making our own household products like soap and shampoo, reviving traditional agricultural and lifestyle practices, and living in community.

We grow a diversity of annual and perennial vegetables, mushrooms, herbs, and fruits to sustain us throughout the year. Our orchard consists of over 40 varieties of cold-hardy fruit and nut trees and berries. We also forage for wild foods, and raise chickens for eggs. We follow a whole foods, plant-based diet and supplement our produce with organic American-grown grains, beans, and other staples.

We are using natural building methods, as well as local and salvaged materials when possible, to construct our farm’s infrastructure. Our completed projects include a mobile chicken tractor and a self-sufficient tiny home with rainwater harvesting and wood-burning stove. We are in the process of completing a traditional New England timber framed barn on a rammed tire “Earthship” foundation.

Interns will be required to work 6 hours/day, 5 days/week in exchange for room and board, and participate in tasks such as gardening, landscaping, natural building, food preservation, and firewood. Projects for the 2018 season include: building a stone wall with lime-based mortar, building a ram pump for our spring-fed creek, installing a rainwater catchment and drip irrigation system, and expanding our edible forest garden with additional fruit and nut trees and berries. We offer monthly workshops for our interns throughout the season, such as soap making, lotions and salves, compost building, food preservation 101 (including canning, fermentation, and dehydration), and gourd craft.

Email us at unadillacommunityfarm@gmail.com for more information and an application form. We are asking our interns to commit to a 1 month minimum stay, with preference given to those who can commit to a longer stay. We look forward to hearing from you!

Washington – Persephone Farm hiring Interns

Indianola, Washington

Persephone Farm

Couples are encouraged to apply.  CSA, flower production and floral design, farmer’s market, restaurant sales, composting, marketing. Idyllic setting within walking distance of sandy swimming beach, a welcoming intentional community, miles of wooded trails, and abundant wildlife. Lovely small town atmosphere in cool, lush Western WA. Agricultural experience is not required. More important are: a positive attitude, willingness to work and try hard, good verbal communication skills, physical health, strong work ethic, flexibility, and a love of healthy cooking and eating. Lots of hands on instruction and responsibility in all aspects of the farm’s operation, both in the field and behind the scenes. In addition to our on-farm learning, interns participate in a WSU sponsored curriculum in which classes are offered throughout a three county region to enrich the educational experience. Continuing education credits are offered for successful completion of this program. Apprentices also have the opportunity to tend their own small garden plot during their stay here. Live in a cozy, wood-heated yurt on our beautiful, quiet 13 acre farm an hour, including ferry ride, from Seattle. Dwellings are electrified, furnished, and have (somewhat sketchy, but serviceable) wireless Internet access. There is a communal kitchen, shared bathroom and laundry. We’ve offered our apprenticeship for well over a decade and have developed a well-rounded, respected, and, in many cases life-changing opportunity for those who come to work alongside us. We particularly encourage those interested in starting their own sustainable, diversified small farms to apply.  Many of our former apprentices are now successful growers, building on our creative model of niche marketing and the authenticity of our growing practices. We strongly believe that each year’s group of interns is our most important crop, as they take their season of learning with us out into the world to affect positive change.
In addition to farm life immersion, we are part of a richly textured community with an abundance of skills to share. Past offerings have included bread and cheese making, fermentation, fiber arts, wild crafting, herbal medicine making, wedding flower design, canning, bee keeping and more. These would be self-initiated learning projects which we would help you set up.
Stipend is approximately $750/month including profit sharing. Farm fresh veggies are provided as well as housing and utilities.
March 1- November 10. A season-long commitment is expected, after a two week trial period.
Please email: persephonefarm@aol.com  with your resume and a recent photo.

Oregon – Rogue Farm Corps hiring Advanced Interns

Various Locations, Oregon

RFC’S ADVANCED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

Are you ready to take your education and training to the next level and kick start your farming career? RFC’s Apprenticeship Program is the next step towards learning to manage and run a diversified farming operation.

The Apprenticeship Program is an advanced on-farm program combining hands-on training and skills-based education for those seeking mastery in the art and business of sustainable agriculture.

This full-immersion program is designed for those who have completed RFC’s Internship Program, or have two years of on-farm experience. You will live and train full-time on a host farm, receive up to two seasons of on-farm training, and learn in-depth skills from your mentor farmer.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY, PLEASE VISIT: HTTP://ROGUEFARMCORPS.ORG
ON-FARM TRAINING AND HANDS-ON LEARNING (~40+ HOURS/WEEK)

RFC’s Apprenticeship Program is designed for the individual who already has a solid foundation of farm knowledge and skills but is looking to deepen their experience managing a successful farm business with the goal of running their own farm enterprise. The majority of the program will be focused on learning by doing.

Over time, you will be expected to share responsibilities with the farmers. These tasks will generally include overseeing farm crews and harvest crews, processing, tractor cultivation, field walks and observation, record keeping, product deliveries, marketing, irrigation, and general farm maintenance.

CLASSES AND SEMINARS

In addition to the hands-on training provided by the host farm, apprentices will attend a series of classes facilitated by RFC, Oregon State University Extension’s Small Farms Program, and other agricultural service agencies.

Topics may include:

• Farm and Production Planning: Crop Plan, Tillage Plan, Seeding Plan, Cover Cropping
• Pest & Disease Management: IPM, Farmscaping, Organic Treatment Methods
• Seed Production, Variety Selection, Stewardship
• Conservation/ Restorative Agriculture: No Till, Hedgerows, Restoration Techniques, Dryland Farming
• Food Safety & Post-harvest Handling
• Irrigation Methods + System Design + Repairs
• Soil Health Management: Fertility + Nutrient Management Plan, Soil Science, Soil Test Interpretation
• Tractors and Equipment: Implements, Maintenance + Repair
• Animal Systems and/ or Perennial Systems, Pastures, Integrating Veg/Animal, Holistic Management
• Farm Carpentry and Building Infrastructure
• Managing People on the Farm, Labor Costs, Communication Systems
• Scaling Up + Exploring Distribution Channels
• Marketing: Market Research/ Assessment & Niche Selection
• Certification Programs + Record keeping
• Insurance Needs and Considerations
• Overview of Farm Business Planning, Visioning, Legal + Business Structure Considerations
• Enterprise Selection & Diversification, Evaluating and Improving Profitability
• Farm Finances- Financial Preparedness, Bookkeeping, Creative Financing & Funding Panel
• Accessing Land- Leasing Land, Purchasing Land, Working with Land Trusts & Conservation Easements, Oregon FarmLink, Networking Opportunities, Accessing Service Providers

ONE-ON-ONE FARM DEVELOPMENT COUNSELING

Rogue Farm Corps staff will work closely with you to identify additional course work and resources to support your entrepreneurial development.

PEER-TO-PEER NETWORKING

You will have the opportunity to meet and network with local farmers and agricultural professionals in the community you are working in. Rogue Farm Corps will organize farm tours and will host potluck discussion circles to bring together folks from across the farming community.

PROGRAM DETAILS

The Apprenticeship Program will run for up to two full farming seasons. You will complete up to 3,000 hours of on-farm time over the course of two seasons. Room, board, and stipend packages vary from farm to farm. In any case, you can expect safe, secure housing, farm produced food and some staples, and a monthly stipend in the range of $700-1000 or an hourly wage.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY, PLEASE VISIT: HTTP://ROGUEFARMCORPS.ORG

Oregon – Rogue Farm Corps hiring Interns

Various Locations, Oregon

Are you looking to start a career in sustainable agriculture? RFC’s Internship Program is a great launching point for beginning farmers and ranchers with little or no previous experience.

The Internship Program is a full season entry-level residential program combining hands-on training and skills-based education in sustainable agriculture.

As an intern, you will live and train full-time on a host farm, receiving up to 1,500 hours of on-farm training and learning in-depth skills from your mentor. Your residential farm training experience is combined with farm tours, classes, and discussion circles throughout the region, as well as opportunities for independent study. Interns are exposed to a vast array of knowledge and expertise by engaging in the daily life of vibrant, agricultural communities.

TO LEARN MORE AND APPLY PLEASE VISIT: HTTP://ROGUEFARMCORPS.ORG

ON-FARM TRAINING (~40+ HOURS/WEEK)

The Internship is a hands-on learning experience. The vast majority of your time will be spent learning by doing. You will train alongside your mentor and independently to develop skills while accomplishing daily tasks that move your host farm along through the season.

Rogue Farm Corps works closely with farm mentors to provide you with a skill-based curriculum that is unique to your host farm.  Our Chapter Coordinators will conduct formal on-site evaluations with interns and host farmers to ensure that your education and training goals are being met.

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS: CLASSES, FARM TOURS, AND DISCUSSIONS (~3-5 TIMES PER MONTH)

To augment your training and learning at your host farm, you will join other interns in your local region for classes that teach practical skills as well as foundational concepts and knowledge, farm tours, discussion circles and potlucks throughout the agricultural region. These are led by Rogue Farm Corps staff, agricultural professionals, and expert farmers. You can expect a variety of teaching approaches and locations, from traditional classroom settings to experiential on-farm settings.

INDEPENDENT PROJECTS (~1-2 HOURS PER WEEK)

During the course of the farming season, every intern will complete an independent project, submit a report and make a short presentation at the end-of-season Closing Dinner. Examples of previous independent projects include raising a small flock of ducks for market, constructing a root crop storage room, developing recipe cards for market customers, and building an outdoor cob oven.

PROGRAM DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS

The Internship Program begins somewhere between March 15 and April 15 and concludes somewhere between October 15 and November 15 depending on your host farm.

Room, board, and stipend packages vary from farm to farm. In any case, you can expect safe, secure housing, farm-produced food and some staples, and a monthly stipend. Each host farmer determines the details.

To successfully complete the program, you will complete 1,000 to 1,500 hours of on-farm training time, submit weekly reflective journal entries, complete an independent project, and attend all outlined classes and farm tours.

TO LEARN MORE AND APPLY PLEASE VISIT: HTTP://ROGUEFARMCORPS.ORG

Colorado – Farmette Flowers hiring Field Intern

Lyons, Colorado

Farmette Flowers – Field Intern.

Apply at: www.farmetteflowers.com/employment by 2/15/18

Position duration: April 1st-October 31st, 2018, with opportunities for further employment.

 Who We Are

 We are a small flower farm and floral design studio in Lyons, CO. We operate on the property of the Lyons Farmette, an education center and wedding venue. We grow over 100 species of flowers for use in our wedding arrangements, our local grocery bouquets, and for our subscription bouquets. The farm is located in a small town that is home to two world-class music festivals and is only minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park and Boulder. We also grow herbs and vegetables for our on-farm dinners and for personal consumption. We have a little animal farm of goats, alpacas, and chickens. Between the two venues, we host 120 weddings per year, and provide flowers to about half those. It’s an incredibly beautiful place. Visit www.farmetteflowers.com and www.lyonsfarmette.com to learn more.

 This Position

 Learn to farm flowers. You will work closely with Helen to sow seed, transplant seedlings, make compost and compost tea, prepare beds, and weed plants. You will learn harvest and post-harvest handling techniques, make market and subscription bouquets, wash lots of buckets, and support the design team in setting up weddings. If your are interested in wedding floral design, there are opportunities for studio work as well. Live in a restored Airstream trailer on our quiet farm, with access to our communal vegetable garden and eggs from our chickens, learn beekeeping if you are so inclined, plus get as much goat and alpaca love as you can handle.  Live in Lyons, home of 2 world-class music festivals, close to Rocky Mountain National Park and Boulder.

 We are open about all aspects of our business to our interns, from planning the season, to planting and seed-starting, compost-making and our irrigation system, to marketing, interviewing brides, and bookkeeping. We tutor you throughout the season on how to grow and arrange flowers. We are happy to work with you on any college credit you may need. The farm is also home to many homesteading and DIY classes, from kimchi and sauerkraut making to spinning and knitting to cooking to chicken-keeping.

 Basic Qualifications

 Field interns must:

  1. Be available for the entire growing season, April 1st through October 31st.
  2. Be able to work 40 hours per week across 5 work days
  3. Have interest in and previous experience working with plants – preferably, you are a passionate caretaker of living things.
  4. Be able to bend over, squat down, lift up to 50 lbs, work quickly and efficiently, and work in hot or cold conditions. This is a physical, outdoor job, and work can be strenuous and uncomfortable at times.
  5. Be able to wake up early. We often start our day at 6AM in the hotter months.
  6. Be willing to learn. Flowers are complicated and demanding to grow, and we grow over 100 species, each with their own peculiarities.

 Compensation

 $800/month plus housing. One adorable refurbished Airstream trailer is offered to interns for housing, along with our outdoor kitchen and indoor bathrooms and showers.

 No meals are provided, but you have free access to our eggs and veggies.