Farmer training is an important component of the organic farming community. Hands-on experience is one of the most effective ways to learn the craft of farming. CSA farming in particular presents its own challenges given the detailed succession planting required to keep boxes full with an ever changing variety of produce.
At Common Harvest Farm we hire three interns each season, including two full-season interns (April through October) and one summer intern (Late-May through August). Our intern program is designed primarily to give interns a broad introduction to organic farming. Interns are exposed to a wide variety of tasks including: greenhouse work; planting and cultivating; high tunnel management; harvesting; and packing out boxes.
If interns are interested, we offer an introduction to farming with draft horses. However, within the demands of a busy season, it is nearly impossible to become proficient at handling a team without some prior experience with horses.
We offer room in one of three apartments on the farm along with board and a stipend. The interview process begins with an initial phone conversation followed by a farm visit which includes a tour and longer interview. We typically make hiring decisions by early February.
In the end we are drawn to interns who are willing to immerse themselves in the mystery of working with nature. If you consider yourself to be inquisitive, flexible and enjoy working hard outside, please give us a call.