2014 Farm Internships
Successful applicants will be immersed in the diversity of our 15 acre farm where we raise vegetables, flowers, have laying hens and milk goats. We have a CSA program and attend farmers’ markets in northern New Jersey. We currently use organic growing methods and are in the process of applying for certification. Positions are available for various start and end dates between March and December. Interns will work with us on a variety of tasks including but not limited to the following: greenhouse production, transplanting, direct seeding, cultivating, harvesting, packing, animal husbandry, irrigation and farmers markets. Meals and housing are not provided but each intern will receive a share in our CSA program and a monthly stipend.
We recognize the important role our interns serve and strive to reciprocate their efforts by offering a strong learning experience. Our farm is growing and this is an exciting time to become involved. Interns will be given a large amount of responsibility and develop the skills necessary to contribute to the operation of an organic farm. We strongly encourage interns to return for a second season to continue to develop and take on greater responsibility. Interns will work directly with Al Esposito, who has over 25 years of agricultural and organic farming experience and is a Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ) board member and current vice president.
Experience / Skills Desired
All applicants are expected to have the ability and willingness to work long, hard hours outside. We seek individuals that are enthusiastic, have a great work ethic, a desire to learn sustainable/organic methods and a commitment to fulfill the entirety of the agreed upon internship period. Farming is both physically and mentally demanding and interns should be fully committed to meeting these challenges. Being able to lift 50 pounds is a requirement and interns are expected to work six days per week. Previous agriculture experience preferred but not required.
Please send a letter of interest, resume, and 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org. In your cover letter please include a description of prior experience, explanation of your interest in organic/sustainable agriculture, and note dates of availability, any specific areas of interest, and talents you possess.