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holler farm seeks interns

Posted: January 26 2011

Holler Farm is a 106-acre homestead and small-market farm located in Oxford, New York, in the Southern Tier. We have about 2 acres in intensive vegetable production, 6 acres in pasture, 30 acres in hay (currently cut by a neighboring dairy farm), a 30-acre woodlot, and 2 wildlife ponds. Farm interns will be involved in and learn about all aspects of diverse organic agriculture using manual, tractor, and draft horse power. You will help us to seed, transplant, cultivate, water, and harvest a wide range of annual and perennial vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruit, and mushrooms for a local farmers' market and a local small farm food distribution system (Central New York Bounty); harvest wild foods sustainably; cultivate mushrooms in a hemlock streamside laying yard; produce small-batch maple syrup, mead, and apple cider; bake bread for market; run a homestead dairy kitchen; prepare gorgeous fresh meals for our nourishment; care for livestock (honey bees, Indian Runner ducks, chickens, draft horses, dairy cow, calves); manage the woodlot for firewood and timber; and maintain the farmstead (grounds, barn, fencing, and equipment maintenance, blacksmithing). This season, we are seeking interns with an interest in working with draft horses as we are focusing our efforts on utilizing a wider range of implements with our draft horse team. Our plans include conducting workshops on farm blacksmithing, timber framing, and building an outdoor wood-fired bread oven. We are also setting up a small artist residency here with barn studios for drawing, sculpture, and hand papermaking. We expect interns to work 8 hours per day, 6 days a week. Farm interns are welcome to stay 2 to 7 months (with a two-week trial period) anytime between March 1 and September 30. After the first month, there is a stipend of $250/month, plus a separate small garden for long-term interns interested in pursuing personal agricultural experiments. For accommodations, we offer a guestroom in the farmhouse or a converted school bus in a wooded campsite by our pond with a compost toilet and outdoor shower. There are plenty of sites for tent camping. Interns are involved in preparing and sharing one home-cooked vegetarian meal with the family per day and have access to farm-raised food and kitchen staples for self-prepared meals. Nearby activities include hiking trails, swimming holes, tubing/rafting on Chenango River, on-farm horseback riding, and field trips to neighboring organic farms. We are a 3.5-hour drive from New York City, and about an hour from Ithaca, Binghamton, and Oneonta. There is a bus to Oxford from New York City or Philadelphia. We speak English, German, and Japanese. Holler is a Bavarian term for elderberry, a plant long relied upon for a range of medicinal, cultural, and culinary uses.
Please contact Holler Farm by email to apply: [email protected]

oxford, new york