Massachusetts – Dead Branch Farms hiring Farm Intern

Chesterfield, Massachusetts

Farm Intern/Farm Apprentice — Dead Branch Farms

Program Summary:

Dead Branch Farms is a new farm currently being developed in Chesterfield Massachusetts. We are actively in production of vegetables and flowers and are looking to hire two Farm Interns/Apprentices for our upcoming busy season.

This is an exciting educational opportunity for the right candidates, as there are unique opportunities to learn the about design & development of new farm spaces, as well as marketing and business development strategies.

This is a part-time position, Tuesday through Friday from  8-3, and will include lunch. Farm Interns will participate in projects under the direction of the Assistant Farm Manager and Farm Director.

Weekly educational sessions and check-ins will be offered as part of this program.  This Farm Internship/Apprenticeship program is a hands-on educational experience designed to motivate those interested in Agricultural Professions, and its purpose is to give you fundamental experience and guidance; aiming to build confidence in carrying out entry-level farm positions.

Program Highlights:

-Greenhouse Propagation and Production

-Growing Techniques including: Planting, Harvesting, Weeding, Irrigating, Pest Management, and Soil Amendment applications.

-Farm Design and Planning

-Production Techniques for this cooler Zone 5b climate

-Land Stewardship and long term Site Planning

*There will also be opportunity to assist at our weekday farm stand in Northampton Wednesday-Friday.

Minimum Requirements:

-Ability to lift 50lbs regularly

-Valid drivers license

-Genuine interest in Farming and Agricultural related issues

The Program will run from June through October. Participants will be paid a stipend of $500.00 a month. Couples encouraged to apply!

Please submit a brief cover letter describing your interest in farming, and a resume detailing employment and post-secondary schooling to ryan@lonepinestudio.org

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Washington – Hope Mountain Farm hiring Farming and Horticulture Interns

Leavenworth, Washington

Farming and Horticulture Internship 2018

Description

Hope Mountain Farm, an innovative, sustainable family farm, is looking for interns to join our creative team of farmers working to develop systems and analysis for successful farming in the Upper Valley of North Central Washington. Our mission is to connect our local community with healthy, organic choices, while educating them about how and why local, sustainable farming matters. In addition we are working to be an example to other farms in the area for developing profitable systems. Our farmers are hard-working, smart, goal-oriented and energetic, and we are looking for interns to train and participate in every level of system design. Interns should expect to learn all facets of farming, horticulture and marketing, and will leave this position with invaluable skills and industry knowledge. Our curriculum will teach you organic berry production, vegetable growing, microgreens, irrigation, high tunnel growing, and beekeeping.  Not only will this internship program be a great addition to your resume, but we are located in a beautiful area, surrounded by a wealth of recreational opportunities, including hiking, fishing, rock climbing, and biking.

Responsibilities

  • Improve productivity through efficient approaches to planting, maintenance and harvesting of all food crops, including berries and vegetables
  • Study and improve plant health, while tracking emerging pest or disease problems
  • Cost analysis of specific crop varieties to determine which varieties are most successful with customers, and which are most suitable for our unique microclimates
  • Optimize assembly flow and process to minimize hours needed to complete all important tasks, allowing for more free time
  • Quality control, especially for post-harvest food processing to provide the very best produce for our customers and community
  • Creative approaches to social media marketing to promote a local culture that supports sustainable family farming

Requirements

Applicants should have a passion for sustainable farming and food security. Applicants should have an energetic, positive, can-do attitude that is adaptive and flexible for learning new ideas and novel approaches to work methods. Excellent communication skills, emotional intelligence, and a solid work ethic, including the ability to work independently—are a must. Unique talents including photography or hobbies are welcomed and encouraged if they can benefit our farming operation.

Other

Summer internships begin as early as April, and run through October, with expected hours averaging 40 hours per week.  We offer paid room and board, and meals, for our interns through a partnership with the Grunewald Guild, a retreat center within walking distance.  A stipend of up to $500 is offered upon successful completion of the program. There is no smoking on the farm.  Applicants must have reliable transportation and be willing to work a flexible schedule based on the needs of the farm. We highly encourage interns to make best use of their down time through relaxing on days off and exploring the beautiful landscape we are surrounded by.

Majors

Agricultural Education, Agricultural Food Business and Economics, Agricultural Systems, Climate Science, Crop Science, Horticulture Science, Organic Agriculture Systems, Soil Science, Sustainable Land Management

info@hopemountainfarm.com | www.hopemountainfarm.com

New York – Unadilla Community Farm hiring Organic Farming & Natural Building Interns

West Edmeston, New York
Organic Farming & Natural Building Internship (May-September)

Unadilla Community Farm

Seeking interns for the 2018 season at Unadilla Community Farm. 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.

For more info, check out our website, message us on Facebook, or email us at unadillacommunityfarm@gmail.com.

Connecticut – Common Ground hiring Urban Farm Interns

New Haven, Connecticut

Now Accepting Applications for our Urban Farming Internship, 2018 Season

Common Ground is home to a charter high school and a non-profit urban farm and environmental education center. The site includes 20 acres of forested hiking trails, wildlife and diverse natural habitats, and a working farm that includes production and education gardens and a variety of farm animals. Common Ground’s mission is to cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practice among a diverse community of children, young people, and adults.

Working on the One-Acre Urban Farm

Common Ground (CG) grows nearly 10,000 lbs of fresh produce annually, including vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. We also raise broiler and laying hens, ducks, sheep and a goat. Farm products go to our Cafeteria, onsite farm stand, Spring and Fall CG Family CSA, the CG/Cityseed Mobile Market, and local restaurants. Farm work will be done with the Farm Director and Assistant Farm Manager, caring for the farm through the growing season. You will gain experience in all aspects of planting, growing, and maintaining a diversified sustainable vegetable operation, and small scale livestock management. Specific farm tasks may include planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, preparing for market, maintaining irrigation, keeping crop records, caring for farm animals and a variety of other tasks.

Several summer programs for children ages 4 – 18 take place on the farm. Apprentices do not have daily responsibilities for working with these programs, but must be mature and a good role model for all children on the farm. Apprentices may sometimes work with small groups of teenagers who are employed by Common Ground. Interns may also run an on-site farm stand and assist with additional markets and farm events as needed.  Depending on the interest and skills of the intern, there may be opportunities to help with off-site mobile farm stands and/or help host weekend educational events on the farm.

Skills and Experience

  • An interest in food security/food justice, urban agriculture and the local food economy.
  • Willingness and ability to work hard, physically in all weather. Previous garden experience is not necessary.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills with people of all ages and a good sense of humor.
  • Ability to learn, to ask questions, and also take initiative, to work both with and without direct supervision.
  • Demonstrated commitment, reliability, punctuality, and responsible behavior at previous jobs.
  • Maturity, and the willingness to be a positive role-model to young people working on the farm.
  • 18 years or older

Apprenticeship Logistics and Details

Seasonal availability and duration:

  • There are two apprenticeship spots available from the end of May-Mid August.
  • There is one apprenticeship spot available from the end of May through November.
  • Hours will be around 20 per week.

Compensation: Apprentices receive compensation based on minimum wage, a share of the harvest, farm field trips and other learning opportunities.

Housing: Housing is not provided.

Transportation: Parking is available on-site, as are bicycle racks. We have a bus-stop on site (take the B1 bus from the New Haven Green), and we are walking distance from New Haven’s Westville neighborhood.

To Apply: Send a cover letter addressing your interest in this position and your resume by May 1st, 2018. Send to the Farm Manager at deborah.greig@commongroundct.org or mail to Attn: Farm Manager, 358 Springside Ave. New Haven CT 06515. Questions? Call 203.389.4333 ext. 1217

Massachusetts – Red Fire Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Various Locations, Massachusetts

As spring approaches we are now planning for our growing season on Red Fire Farm in beautiful Western Massachusetts.  Please share and post these positions to anyone you know looking for farm work on an organic farm. Thank you!

Tractor Operator

Experienced tractor operators or mechanically minded farmers looking to get into tractor operating. Two positions open, one in Granby, one in Montague, MA.

http://www.redfirefarm.com/about/employment/open-positions/tractor-operator/

Fruit Grower, Tractor Operator and Manager in Training

This position is for someone with substantial tractor experience and some experience in growing various fruits who is looking to develop their farm management skills over the next several seasons.  It is located in Granby, Massachusetts.

http://www.redfirefarm.com/about/employment/open-positions/fruit-growertractor-operator-and-manager-in-training/

Greenhouse and Flower Assistant, Montague, MA

http://www.redfirefarm.com/about/employment/open-positions/greenhouse-and-flower/

Greenhouse Assistant and Field Crew, Montague, MA

http://www.redfirefarm.com/about/employment/open-positions/greenhouse-assistant/

Farm Intern


This position is ideal for someone relatively new to commercial farming who is seeking to gain solid real world experience. http://www.redfirefarm.com/about/employment/open-positions/farm-apprentice/

 

To apply, please email cover letter outlining relevant experience, resume, and three references to jobs@redfirefarm.com. You can also reach us there for any questions.

Peruse other current job openings here: http://www.redfirefarm.com/about/employment/open-positions/

New Hampshire – Heron Pond Farm hiring Tomato Intern

South Hampton, New Hampshire

Heron Pond Farm in South Hampton, NH is a four season farm that grows over 250 varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. Farming year-round has allowed us to grow and maintain an incredibly skilled and experienced staff whose passion brings higher yields, quality and flavor to our food all year long.

Heron Pond Farm is currently hiring a full time paid tomato intern:

Heron Pond Farm  is hiring one full time paid tomato intern to work directly under our current tomato grower.

This position has room for growth and to potentially take over tomato management on the farm. We are looking for someone with an interest in spending most of the season on this particular crop. Farming experience is prefered but in-depth knowledge on growing tomatoes inside green houses and high tunnels isn’t a requirement. This position will be assisting in four early tomato greenhouses and an acre of high tunnels that  makes up our main season crop. We focus on extending the tomato season on both ends of the year.

 

Task include but are not limited to:

Opening and closing greenhouses/high tunnels daily depending on temperature and weather.

Staking and trellising in the high tunnels and clipping/tying in greenhouses.

Planting  and general maintenance of crop.

Irrigation management in all of the greenhouses/high tunnels.

Skinning and removing plastic on high tunnels.

Pruning and suckering.

Heron Pond is a 60-acre diversified vegetable farm so there will be moments where you may get pulled to help in other farm tasks.

Qualifications:

Strong work ethic, dependable, and excellent attention to detail.

Enthusiasm and the ability to work at a fast pace both independently or as part of a team.

Ability to work in adverse weather (temperatures get fairly high in the high tunnels).

Valid drivers’ license and dependable transportation is a must.

Ability to lift 50 lbs.

Takes well to daily instructions with the ability to execute tasks on their own.

Past experience on a vegetable farm and/or a strong interest in tomato production are preferred.

Sense of humor and easy going personality would go a long way.

Compensation based off of prior work experience.

 

 

Please e-mail resumes to Greg Balog  greg@heronpondfarm.com

 

Oregon – Rogue Farm Corps hiring Farm Interns

Various Locations, Oregon
APPLICATIONS ARE STILL OPEN FOR ROGUE FARM CORPS’ 2018 FARMER TRAINING PROGRAMS in Oregon. Please forward to anyone seeking an immersive on-farm training experience.

RFC’S ENTRY-LEVEL FARM INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
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.

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.

For more information and to apply, please visit roguefarmcorps.org