Farm and Wilderness Foundation


Contact information
Farm Address:
401 Farm and Wilderness Road
Plymouth, Vermont, 05056

Primary Contact: Colene Reed
Primary Phone:
    Type:
Office
    Number: 802-490-5712
    Email: colene@farmandwilderness.org

Website: https://farmandwilderness.org/

Website: https://farmandwilderness.hiringplatform.com/processes/145219-farm-intern?locale=en

Internship information
General Farm Description: Farm & Wilderness Foundation (F&W) is a non-profit, educational organization operating eight summer camp programs for children and teens, a family camp, retreat rentals, and a conservation organization. In affiliation with the Ninevah foundation, F&W campus spreads over 4800 acres of land with 3200 of those acres permanently conserved in the Green Mountains of Vermont, F&W programs are rich in adventure, community, and a spirit that fosters individual connections with the natural world. While each camp and initiative provide unique programs addressing age and interests, all F&W activities are shaped by Quaker principles and the common belief that individuals and communities are strengthened by justice, honesty, self-reliance, diversity, and respect for all persons. People of any race, background, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or economic status are encouraged to apply to join our community as campers or staff. To learn more about F&W please visit: http://www.farmandwilderness.org

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: 4/3/2023
Internship Ends: 10/27/2023
Number of Internship Available: 4
Application Deadline: 4/3/2023
Minimum Length of Stay: 4 months

Internship Details:

The Farm Interns assist the farm team in the care of the livestock, barns, and gardens and help administer program activities such as homesteading, food preservation, and farm work within the summer camps. Throughout the internship, the farm interns will learn hands on farm-based skills including but not limited to animal husbandry, herd health monitoring, pasture management, crop rotation, weed identification, various types of garden skills, farm enterprise analysis, and develop an understanding of community living. Using a beautiful wilderness and farm setting and innovative approaches toward teaching, organic farming, and environmental education, interns will become strong leaders by developing connections to each other and the land through work, service, and community.
Essential Functions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Responsibilities:
• Farm Interns assist the farm team in the care of the barns, gardens, animals, and all other farm concerns such as craft areas, food processing, greenhouse, haying, and pastures.
• Undergo training throughout the season.
• Keep current on relevant farm issues.
• Lead programs individually as well as co-instruct.
• During the summer camp season farm crew will ensure the health of the animals, gardens, and pastures and assist the farm programs at IB, Timberlake, Tamarack Farm, Red Spruce Grove and Barn Day Camps as needed.
• Assist with work related to opening and closing of camps.
• Share cooperative living chores with crew members including cleaning, cooking, barn chores and some group maintenance projects.
• Assist with seasonal and other necessary group maintenance projects as needed: firewood, kybo digging (digging out the night soil from the outhouses), recycling, trash runs, town runs.
General F&W Responsibilities:
• Participate in opening buildings for season (spring) or final clean up (fall)
• Actively participate in the annual weekend events, such as Open House Weekend.
• Participate in crew life.
• Assist the Farm Director, Sustainable Resource Director, Conservation Director, and Executive Director with tasks as assigned.


Educational Opportunities: Experience working on a farm-based education farm and summer camp with trainings in livestock husbandry, organic gardening and more. Engage in a learning environment with a focus on leadership skills through regular meetings with the farmers and leaders at Farm and Wilderness. Post-camp season we will dig into the spreadsheets, records, and capitol improvements documents. The farm team will work together to evaluate enterprises within the farm and build proposals for the next season.

Skills Desired: Qualifications: Required • 21 years of age and older • Strong desire to build skills and knowledge related to farming and teaching. • Interest in place-based education and a desire to work with youth. • Be a team player. • Flexible, able, and willing to perform a variety of tasks in changing situations. • Positive attitude • Solid problem-solving skills Desired • A valid driver’s license • Undergraduate degree or working toward one ideally in education and/or farming. • Experience working on a farm or farm-based setting • Current First Aid and CPR, training provided as necessary • Professionally mature with conflict resolution skills

Meals: When camp is not in session interns will receive a stipend to shop and cook for themselves, including food harvested from the farm. During camp interns eat at the camp dining halls and receive all meals there.

Stipend: • $300.00 per week, paid bi-weekly• room and board, including a food stipend and farm products• workers compensation• laundry and internet access• professional development

Housing: Farm, Resource and Conservation Interns live communal style in a house with running water, electricity, internet, etc. During camp season (June, July, August) interns are assigned rustic housing with no electricity or running water and meet their needs with the camp systems and facilities.

Preferred method of Contact: by email or phone