Savage mountain farm internship
We are a highly diversified farm in the mountains of southwestern Pennsylvania. We operate a full-diet, free-choice farm cooperative, sell to several restaurants, and go to 4 farmers’ markets per week. We grow most every kind of vegetable suited to our climate, as well as several varieties of mushrooms. We make syrup, keep bees, and raise several animals, including chickens for eggs and meat, turkeys, cows, pigs, lambs and goats. We have a small but growing fruit orchard that we plan to expand this year – blueberries, apples, raspberries, peaches and more. We also forage wild edibles and medicinals for our cooperative, grow woodland medicinals like goldenseal and ginseng, and do value-added goods like bread and granola. Therefore, interns will have a unique opportunity to get a well-rounded farming education.
Applicants must be willing to commit to the entire farming season, which begins March 15 and ends in late November with the Thanksgiving turkey slaughter. Interns will be provided room and board, plus a stipend. Interns will be expected to work fifty hours a week on a very structured scheduled of ten hours a day, five days a week throughout the entire season. On weekends, interns are free to leave, but are asked to do the animal chores if they choose to stay at the farm.
Responsibilities will include daily livestock care, seed starting, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, packing for markets and coop pickup days, helping with mushroom cultivation, poultry processing, washing and packing eggs, farm cleanup, taking turns cooking meals, cutting and splitting firewood, and helping with various on-farm construction jobs. During the growing season, we live a cooperative lifestyle with our workers, meaning everyone pitches in with shared meals, cleaning, and fun.
The ideal applicant will be mature, flexible, self-motivated, honest, willing to work long hours in any weather condition, possess good communication skills, a positive attitude, ability to work well with others as well as independently, have a desire to learn, an ability to take instruction and constructive criticism. A successful internship has the potential to lead to a hired position in future farming seasons as we work towards a worker-owned model of operation.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a letter of interest, or call 828-582-9407 for more information, and we will be sure to get back to you. We look forward to talking with you!