Sweet Rowen Farmstead is offering a multi disciplined opportunity to work and learn about small scale dairy, milk processing, and marketing. The farm is located in East Albany, in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, in the heart of a vibrant farming community. Sweet Rowen Farmstead is a small cow dairy run by a small group of young farmers dedicated to producing high quality grass-fed milk and fresh cheese. They manage several hundred acres of hay and pasture, mow and put up their own hay, milk on average 24 cows twice daily, pasteurize and bottle their own milk and make a variety of cheeses in their on-farm creamery.
An intern would be expected to participate in morning and evening chores, help with haying, work in the creamery, learn how to make cheese, attend weekend farmer's markets, and help out with the many other farm related projects, from building to gardening.
The Internship is demanding and requires that interns have a strong work ethic, ability to take directions, and willingness to learn. The schedule is typically six days a week, 10 to 14 hours a day. The rewards are many. You will be exposed to the nitty-gritty, real-world details of making a dairy farm successful. You will be provided with super high quality food produced right in the neighborhood, from veggies to eggs to meat and dairy. If you are capable of going to farmers markets on your own, you will have the opportunity to trade milk and cheese with other vendors for bread, baked goods, plants, and all that the market has to offer. Sweet Rowen is well-connected to many other area farmers and artisans that we encourage interns to connect with and learn from. Housing is provided on the farm as a small studio cabin with kitchenette and private bathroom facilities nearby. Stipends range from $50-$150 per week depending on interns’ motivation and work ethic. By living and working at Sweet Rowen, you will be well on your way to having the skills you need to start your own dairy or value added dairy product operation.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Sweet Rowen will than contact you for a phone interview and if you seem to be a good fit, they will arrange a farm visit. The internship typically begins in May, but start and end dates can be flexible. Check out our website at www.sweetrowen.com or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sweetrowen