BlueHill Farm Dairy Apprentice

Contact information
Farm Address:
342 N Plain Rd
Housatonic, Massachusetts, 01236

Primary Contact: Emma Bagnardi
Primary Phone:
    Number: 5736316169


Internship information
General Farm Description: We are a family run 100% grass fed dairy and multi-species livestock farm in the Berkshire Hills of Western MA. We are committed to sustainable and organic practices and high standards of animal welfare. We have been in operation for 18 years and have gained the devotion and respect of local customers and national food-lovers alike. We have a close working relationship with Blue Hill Stone Barns/Blue Hill New York restaurants that keeps us on our toes- striving for flavorful products with earnest and interesting origin stories. We have an on-site farm store and vend at our local farmers-market and sell to local farm to table restaurants.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: ASAP
Internship Ends: TBD
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: ASAP
Minimum Length of Stay: 1 year

Internship Details:

We are looking for 1 person to exclusively work in our raw milk dairy. This position would primarily include milking our cows twice a day, participating in bottling our raw milk, pasteurizing weekly in peak season, assisting in calving and calf care-taking during calving season, and learning all the ins and outs of dairy farming and grazing alongside our dairy manager.

some specific skills we focus on include:
-livestock fencing
-water systems
-tractor operation and maintenance
-farm building and carpentry
-hay making
-various aspects of livestock health and how to identify common issues
-rotational grazing systems
-reseeding pastures with a no-till drill
*and much more!

We are looking for 1 apprentice to work exclusively in our raw-milk dairy to start March 1st with the intent of a year-long commitment. Start and end dates can be negotiable. We strongly suggest an overnight working visit before commitment but due to Covid we will determine the most appropriate interview situation. Educational workshops and industry conference opportunities are provided if applicable.

Housing is on-farm with a shared kitchen, bathroom and common space with other farm employees and apprentices. Apprentices often eat meals together. We like to have a non-mandatory farm gathering about once/week. The Berkshires is a naturally beautiful location with lots of hiking and swimming and within 2+ hours of both Boston and New York City. Our community strongly supports local food and thoughtful living.

Educational Opportunities: Industry Conferences & Workshops when available

Skills Desired: Ability to lift 50lbs, willingness to ask questions, experience with livestock or veggies a plus but not required, drivers license required, a passion or interest in farming as a long-term lifestyle.

Meals: some meals are communal- eggs, milk, veggies and a meat allowance from the farm store is provided

Stipend: yes, weekly pay plus additional food stipend and farm food allowance

Housing: yes

Preferred method of Contact: email