Forks Farm is in search of an intern!
Forks Farm offers a seasonal farm internship program during the growing season – April 15 through the end of November. This opportunity is structured to help teach aspiring farmers all aspects of raising, processing and marketing grass based, chemical-free meats and eggs. This is a full time, live-in position. We provide room and board and a stipend depending on experience. An end-of-season bonus may be awarded dependent on performance.
The farmer-apprentice handles the day-to-day chores and responsibilities of caring for approximately 50 head of beef cattle (cow/calf & stocker), 50 hogs, 3200 pastured broilers, 300 laying hens, 250 pastured turkeys, 2 dogs, many cats and several hundred customers. Daily feeding, watering, rotational grazing, processing (butchering), marketing and all aspects of farm food production will be experienced.
Skills required: Willingness to learn, interest in animal husbandry, soil science, biology, intensive grazing, farm-scale poultry processing, drive a standard transmission, mechanical aptitude, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, forestry. Job includes daily equipment operation – tractor, truck (standard transmission), power tools (chainsaw, brush cutter, hand tools). Also computer, composting, electric fencing, food prep and culinary arts, personal relations, common sense, honesty, observance and sense of humour are required to perform everyday tasks. You should be able to lift heavy weights as moving pasture pens and feed is a daily requirement. Should be self-motivated and comfortable working alone and with others.
Hours can be long and irregular – what ever it takes, a farmer is always on call. You will work closely with our family, day workers, animals and customers. Time off and opportunity for educational experience provided.
This is a position for someone who REALLY wants to learn how to farm and produce high quality, healthy food for the community! You will work hard, eat well, sleep well, learn about yourself, sustainable agriculture and what it takes to produce food in a grass based environment. Please send cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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