Organic Farm Internship 2021

Website Mountain Bounty Farm

Interns are a core element of our 12-14 person farm crew and they participate in all farm activities from greenhouse work to harvest, delivery, and farmer’s markets. Interns work closely with the farm managers to maintain our complex and dynamic vegetable farm. This includes driving tractors, seeding, transplanting, lots of weeding and other crop care, irrigation, harvest, washing and packing produce, driving deliveries, working farmers markets, and other farm chores.

Interns work Monday through Friday, 8+ hours per day, two Saturday farmers markets per month, and occasional minor irrigation duties after-hours. We average a 40-hour work week over the season, with slightly shorter weeks in spring and fall, and slightly longer weeks at the height of summer.

Internships at Mountain Bounty Farm are challenging, highly sought after, and immensely rewarding. The vast majority of Mountain Bounty alumni go on to either work at other farms or start their own farms.

Interns who excel in their first season may be offered management positions and permanent employment here at Mountain Bounty. Please see our website for detailed application instructions.

Educational Opportunities: The majority of the educational component comes through the experience of working directly on the farm; learning by doing. Over the years, we have developed a successful system that is also relatively simple and elegant. As an intern you reap the bounty of our many years of learning, passed along over the course of your internship. Interns are gradually given more and more responsibility, to the extent they are individually ready. We believe that being allowed to take charge of something important, and also being allowed to make mistakes, is one of the richest and most effective ways to learn. Toward the end of the season, we occasionally take field trips to other farms in the area, and regularly throughout the season, we take time to sit down after work for intern-directed Q&A discussions (topics like “farm business management”). We love to teach and are stimulated by people who are excited about learning. Long hours in the field provide the perfect opportunity to see what works and what doesn’t, as well as plenty of discussion about why.

Skills Desired: Prior farm experience is preferred, but not a requirement. Successful candidates have experience with some type of outdoor labor and/or a strong athletic background. We are also looking for people who are serious about farming as a career. This is a top notch training opportunity for someone who is ready to take on the challenge. We are looking for people who are organized, curious, outgoing and personable, wacky and fun, and very motivated. Applicants should be able to work hard and fast in all weather (it can be cold and wet here in spring and fall, and summer temps are very hot) do heavy lifting, standing, bending, and lots of walking. Although we keep the work varied, farming is inherently challenging. Ideal candidates are committed to the farming lifestyle and all that it entails. Must appreciate palindromes. Please see our website for detailed application instructions.

Meals: Interns are responsible for their own meals and have full access to all farm produce including some eggs and fruit.

Stipend: $1,200/month plus housing and produce (includes vegetables, fruit, and eggs)

Housing: Interns have the option to share a common furnished kitchen/bathing/hangout facility. Each intern has their own small private cabin (cozy, but no electricity or heating) in a shady grove at the edge of the fields.  Housing is a 15 minute drive from our main fields.

Preferred method of Contact: Email employment@mountainbountyfarm.com

To apply for this job please visit mountainbountyfarm.com.