Work at Harmony Farm

Eva, Deirdre, and Sky up at Ridgeway Farm

Eva, Deirdre, and Sky up at Ridgeway Farm

Internship Description
Working on the farm requires the physical capability to contribute daily in a rigorous, fast-paced agricultural setting. Farm work offers an incredibly rewarding and demanding work environment and life experience. Interns must be prepared and willing to work in all weather conditions, scorching heat or pouring rain or biting frost. We work 5 full days (typically 8am to 6pm although this is dependent upon the needs of the farm and the weather), Monday through Friday and one half day on Saturday or Sunday. Internship begins in April 1st and ends November 15th. Please consider this commitment before applying.

Intern Myra Dean applying a foliar feed.

Intern Myra Dean applying a foliar feed.

Educational Opportunities
Apprentice will perform tasks essential to the functioning of the market garden including seed starting, soil amendment, composting, making compost tea, planting, harvesting, market sales, weeding, irrigation, fertilization, pest management, high tunnel construction, season extension techniques, some basic pasture based animal husbandry techniques, record keeping, basic financial management, as well as food preservation and producing value added products. You may also have the opportunity to work with meat and egg chickens, as well as honeybees. Interns will also be exposed to a broad range of educational materials, techniques and ideas which will give you a solid foundation in the theories and scientific basis for sustainable agriculture. Education is a key component of any apprenticeship, although we believe strongly that the best education comes from experiential learning. This will be supplemented by readings, access to a growers library, instructions, as well as visits to nearby farms. We believe that knowledge is power and that to succeed in agriculture you need the understanding of the how’s and why’s in order to make informed decisions in your future. You will be provided with a number of texts that are recommended reading and there will be regular discussions based upon this material.


Work Experience/Skills Desired

No experience required, but a strong work ethic, physical fitness, and a good attitude are essential.

Meals
Regular potluck lunches, food staples provided as well as a wealth of fresh veggies.