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farm interns and asst. manager - east berlin, PA
Posted: January 3 2011
6363 Carlisle Pike
East Berlin, PA 17316
This unique 190-acre farm offers broad experiences in sustainable agriculture and organic farming. Every season we explore new ways to diversify our farm and meet local demand for fresh, organic products. We have been Certified Naturally Grown for several years and will be Certified Organic beginning in 2011. Everblossom Farm is transitioning from a three-generation operation producing hay, straw, grain and beef cattle to organic and sustainable practices. For eight years we have been expanding the farm to include 15 acres of organic vegetable production for a 100-member summer CSA, a 45-member winter CSA, and sales at a farmers' market, health food store, and restaurants. Products include organic seasonal vegetables and berries, and winter vegetables grown in our passive solar greenhouse.
Our farm is looking for two full-time summer season interns (April-November) and one full-time Assistant Manager (March-December, with a possible year-round option). Interns are not required to have farming experience. Intern work includes planting, cultivating, harvesting, sales, infrastructure building, and farmer networking. Weekly stipends are negotiable based on experience and skill level.
The Assistant Manager must have at least one full season of farming experience in a region similar to South-central Pennsylvania. Job requirements include the above listed for interns as well as management responsibilities such as: diligently keeping garden log records; pest management; daily observation of crop needs (i.e., cultivation, compost, harvest); and frequent managing interns to ensure proper planting, cultivating, and harvesting. Ideally, the Assistant Manager will be an extremely self-motivated person who receives and relays direction well and enjoys responsibility and independent working. Salary is negotiable.
Email cover letter and resume to: [email protected].
Housing is provided for any staff member that requires it. Staff may reside on site in the large, stone farmhouse where they share a bathroom and have private bedrooms. They also have daily access to free internet, a shared kitchen, and socializing space with a library. Daily transportation is not provided. Staff members have access to organic farm produce for meals, but are responsible for all other food and pantry items.
We are located in a semi rural region of South-central Pennsylvania, but have multi-cultural influences from major cities and nearby college towns. Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia are within a one- to two-hour drive of our farm. Smaller nearby towns and cities include historic Gettysburg, York, Harrisburg, Carlisle, and Hanover.