Erba Verde- Pastured Livestock

Contact information
Farm Address:
1320 Porterville Road
East Aurora, New York, 14052

Primary Contact: Bryan Strzelec
Secondary Contact: Mary Snyder

Primary Phone:
    Number: 585-365-3612

Secondary Phone
    Number: 716-289-3770



Internship information
General Farm Description: We are a small farm in Western New York with a focus on grass-fed and pasture-raised dairy and meat products. We aim to farm sustainably and maximize the land, with an emphasis on product quality and animal well-fare using rotational grazing. Our 100% grass-fed dairy cows provide raw milk to herd share owners. We raise chickens for meat on pasture in moveable hoop houses from May-October and process them ourselves. Our pasture-raised pork is fed whey and grain. We work closely with other farms to build up the farming community and support each other. Erba Verde Farms has its own chicken processing facility where we process our own products as well as other farmers' products. We recently purchased a beef herd and are raising 100% grass-fed beef.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: March 1, 2024
Internship Ends: October 31, 2024
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: February 28, 2024
Minimum Length of Stay: 7 months

Internship Details:

The successful candidate will learn the daily operations of managing livestock, pastures, product delivery, and farming business and economics.
This includes milking cows, rotating animals on pasture, feeding pigs and chickens, tractor operation, fence building and maintenance, processing chickens, truck and trailer operation for animal transport, and business management.

Qualities sought in an intern:

Able to manage time and tasks

Self-starter; desire to learn and take initiative
Willing to take direction
Open to constructive feedback
Critical thinking skills
Desire to learn
Ability to work long days in a variety of conditions
An interest in farming as a career
Physically fit with the ability to lift at least 50 lbs

November-April is part-time as is a bit quieter and there may not be as many hours/tasks available. The intern would have time for another job. From April 1-October 31, the position is full-time.

Educational Opportunities: Animal health and well-fare, tractor operation, pasture management, processing, farm business economics, marketing, farmer's markets, farm store, milking

Skills Desired: We prefer someone with prior farming experience but we are willing to train someone with minimal experience.

Meals: We do not provide meals however there is a full kitchen in the loft. The intern will have access to available meat, milk, and yogurt. We will have a family dinner once a week.

Stipend: Yes-- Housing is available. Pay is from $15-$25 per hour. Meat, milk, yogurt, and eggs

Housing: Yes: We have a loft apartment above the barn. It is a great space that has been used previously as an Air BNB. The intern will be expected to live on-site.

Preferred method of Contact: Phone or Email