Organic Farm Internship in New York State

Benner’s Organic Farm Summer 2013 Internship in New York State

Benner's Farm  ~56 Gnarled Hollow Rd in East Setauket, NY  11733  Ph:(631)689-8172  web: www.bennersfarm.com      email: folks@bennersfarm.com

Benner’s Farm is a private fifteen-acre family homestead, first farmed in the 1700’s. Each year the farm provides thousands of people a sense of what it was like to live on a small farm in years past. The Benner’s are the seventh family to farm this land. They have been farming organically since the late nineteen seventies in their family garden as well as fields of strawberries and pumpkins. The Benner’s also raise a variety of farm animals for educational and self-sufficient living purposes. Many people come to visit and participate in the many workshops, festivals and special events held during the year. For details click "read more"

Meals: Produce and eggs from the farm when available. Stipend: Yes. Negotiable depending on experience Skills Desired: Conscientious, enthusiastic, responsible, great attitude, cooperative work ethic, work quickly and efficiently, stay focused, able to lift 50 lbs, work outside in all types of weather, creative thinking and problem solving, comfort with animals big & small, kind, respectful, sense of humor, common sense, enjoys being around children as well as a diverse community of visitors. Carpentry & mechanical experience would be great! Educational Opportunities: Hands on learning with general care of animals. Work with the public. Opportunities to learn about: organic vegetable and berry farming, care of poultry and dairy animals, milking, compost making, seed saving, soil improvement, land stewardship, vehicle maintenance, food preparation and service, homesteading processes and anything else we are doing! Staff is always willing to answer questions. An extensive library is available to intern. Other projects to improve the sustainability of our farm are welcomed including establishing educational gardens and helping with teaching on-farm classes. Internship Details: Intern will be involved with all aspects of farm production throughout the season, including greenhouse work, seeding/planting, cultivation/weeding, harvesting and will be a part of an ever changing family farm business. This is a unique chance to be hands on in all aspects of market gardening, livestock care and education. We value excellence, have high standards and appreciate individuals who can work in a fluid environment. Responsibilities and remuneration will be commensurate with experience, drive and initiative. Interns will work at least a five-day workweek with possible long days. Strawberry field management will be a primary job for the intern.

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