Summer Farm Internship

EXPECTATIONS & QUALIFICATIONS

As an intern, you will have the opportunity to learn:

  • The principles and practices of the biodynamic method of agriculture and land care.
  • Market-garden and field-scale vegetable production.
  • Cow care and milking.
  • Handling and distribution of raw milk.
  • Pasture management.
  • Horse care.
  • Greenhouse care.
  • Composting techniques.
  • Healthy soil regeneration methods using compost application, crop rotation, cover cropping, and weed management.
  • Plant pest and disease management.
  • Succession planning for fresh vegetables throughout the growing season.
  • Food processing for winter storage.
  • Apiary observation.
  • Building relationships with elders and coworkers through working, meal sharing, and festival life.

As an intern, you will be expected to:

  • Arrive on time, ready to work, and prepared for changes in weather conditions.
  • Be able and open to learning from mentor farmers, staff members, other learners, animals, plants, the land, your own mistakes, and the mistakes of others.
  • Share and communicate your knowledge and understanding.
  • Communicate your learning needs and personal needs clearly and compassionately, and hear and take into account the needs of others.
  • Be able to bend, crouch, sit, walk, run, stand for long periods of time, and lift at least 50 pounds.
  • Be able and willing to work with children (in the presence of teachers or camp counselors) and volunteers.
  • Farm in the context of an intergenerational elder care community.

DETAILS

Timeframe & Work Hours

The Summer Internship runs from the beginning of June through the end of August. Working hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00am-12:30pm and 2:00-5:00pm, plus weekend chore rotations.

Compensation

Summer Interns receive a stipend of $400 per month, a room in Holder House, a 40-room student dormitory on Threefold’s campus, and produce and dairy products from the farm.

Accreditation

Threefold Community Farm is a Participating Mentor Farm in the Biodynamic Association’s Farmer Training Program.

COVID Precautions

Our farm is embedded in a community of elders at the Fellowship Community and is tightly woven into the school communities of Otto Specht School and Green Meadow Waldorf School. In order to protect the vulnerable communities we serve, all farm Staff and Interns are required to show proof of full vaccination as indicated by the CDC or submit proof of weekly negative PCR test. Testing is available on site. Covid protocols and precautions follow current CDC guidelines and are subject to change.

Application Process

An application form and an interview (in person or by phone) are required. A work-along visit may be requested. Applicants who accept an internship offer are required to submit a medical form signed by their physician. For more information about the internship or the application process, please call 845-352-5020 x120, or email [email protected]