Summer Farm Internship in West Virginia

Summer Farm Internship in West Virginia

Summer Farm Internship in West Virginia at Moon on the Mountain Farm - 2017

Moon on the Mountain is a woman-owned and operated farm about four miles outside of Shepherdstown West Virginia. It is a net-zero energy farm running almost entirely on solar energy and biomass. We operate a small CSA (community supported agriculture) and participate in farmer markers. We grow over 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables and raise sheep, alpaca and chickens. The farm is in the process of getting its Certified Naturally Grown certification. The owner/operator is a former graduate school professor who cares deeply about mentoring students and providing educational opportunities that the student can parlay into further education or the transition to the job market. She will work with the intern and his/her faculty advisor to set learning objectives and skills to be achieved by the end of the internship. Learning opportunities include but are not limited to natural/organic certification processes, natural/organic weed and pest control, GAP standards of practice, basic marketing principles and practices including how to start up and run a CSA, small farm ecology, basic shepherding, composting, soil fertility, drip irrigation, growing in raised beds, and applied horticulture. Interns should have their own transportation and bring their own snacks. Chilled drinking water is provided. Expect to arrive no later than 8 am each work day at the farm in the summer to avoid having to work outside in the hottest part of the afternoon. Expect to work three mornings a week. We will consider two mornings but less than that would probably not result in a satisfactory learning experience. We can be flexible about start and end dates to work around both the needs of the intern and the farm. We have a no smoking policy. There will be a great deal of lifting, walking and physical work as well as exposure to strong sun, barn dust and animal dander/feathers. Interns should be able to work in a farm environment and do such tasks safely to avoid injury to themselves or to others. To Apply for the Summer Farm Internship in West Virginia: If interested contact: Patricia Stephenson, 301 908 4585 (txt, voice) or patricia@moononthemountain.com

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