Help at North Star Orchard

Contact information
Farm Address:
3226 Limestone Rd
Cochranville, Pennsylvania, 19330

Primary Contact: Lisa Ruch
Primary Phone:
    Number: 610-406-1780


Internship information
General Farm Description: North Star Orchard is a small, direct-to-consumer farm where our focus is on unique and heritage varieties of fruit (over 300 varieties of apples alone) and a limited selection of vegetables. We operate a large fruit CSA, sell at area farmers’ markets, and have an on-site farm store, so there is a lot going on for you to enjoy being involved in. We grow non-certified organically-grown vegetables and IPM tree fruit. We also have an extensive, decades-long apple breeding program.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: April or May
Internship Ends: Thanksgiving
Number of Internship Available: 3
Application Deadline: February 1st
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months

Internship Details:

Help with fruit and vegetable production, harvest, marketing, and deliveries, from April/May until Thanksgiving:

Successful candidate must be a self-starter and able to follow direction and work independently, as well as be a team player willing to help and guide others. Opportunity exists to take on more responsibility and to be involved long-term  from year-to-year for the right person. Housing may be available as well, for those who need it.

Educational Opportunities: Gain skills and knowledge, particularly about fruit growing,  to further your specific goals and interests

Skills Desired: No experience necessary, although a genuine interest, education, or self-education is.

Meals: No, but there are plenty of free "seconds" and significant discounts on other produce and products we carry in our farm store.

Stipend: This is a paid position. $13+ per hour to start, depending on experience & education

Housing: On-farm shared housing is a possibility

Preferred method of Contact: Email