Licking Creek Bend Farm


Contact information
Farm Address:
928 Donahoe Land
Needmore, Pennsylvania, 17238

Primary Contact: Esther Siegel
Primary Phone:
    Type:
Cell
    Number: 3015871739
    Email: info@lickingcreekbendfarm.com

Website: https://www.lickingcreekbendfarm.com

Internship information
General Farm Description: The Licking Creek Bend Farm is a unique worker-run farm. Great opportunity to learn the basics and farm management skills raising sustainably-grown pesticide-free vegetables, fruit and Christmas trees in PA's Allegheny Mountains. 2-hours from Washington/Baltimore/Pittsburgh. Beautiful farm near C&O Canal in a valley - swimmable creek. Free WiFi, internet, room and board. Close by biking, hiking, close to Appalachian Trail. Near Berkeley Springs, West Virginia and Bluegrass and folk festivals. Our 50-year philosophy-to sell healthily grown, pesticide-free food at affordable prices to farmers markets, in food insecure neighborhoods and to food distribution organizations, co-ops, CSAs and universities in the DC/Baltimore area. Our farm practices are Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) which exceed USDA organic standards. WORKER-RUN The staff makes decisions together so learning to work as a team is essential. And mostly to be serious about your time commitment. It is very hard to get staff mid-season, so we need folks early in the season who understand the rhythm of farming, love the earth and its gifts, can work in harmony as a staff and who are willing to stick to their commitment (barring unforeseen circumstances or the fit turns out not to be right!). We do our best to make the farm experience really rewarding and fun. We welcome folks who want to learn farming without chemicals. Staff needs to be in touch with the rhythm of farming, and as a staff learn what needs to be done, determine how the work will get done, talk about how to improve the process and provide input in all aspects of the farm operation. We are also looking for experienced farm staff who may want to learn farm management skills. FARMERS MARKETS AND CSAs Our staff run several farm markets and we offer a 70 family CSA including a subsidized CSA. Each staff person takes turns working at our farm markets and preparing the CSA shares. Philosophically, the farm supports a policy of growing food sustainably and pricing it affordably in mixed income and food insecure neighborhoods since 1972. We also provide food to organizations that provide food to families in need.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: Late February, early March - negotiable
Internship Ends: through December - negotiable
Number of Internship Available: 3
Application Deadline: on-going
Minimum Length of Stay: Negotiable 6 month for Farm Staff; full season or longer for experienced farm staff

Internship Details:

EXPECT TO LEARN:
• All the basics of starting and running a pesticide-free fruit and vegetable farm including: starting seeds, greenhouse production, planting, fertilization, drip irrigation, high tunnel growing, cultivation, farmers markets, team work, and CSAs. And,
• Elementals of Beekeeping
• Farm Management
• Reaching out to low-income communities
• …and lots more

Those who want to get their feet wet learning the basics of growing healthy food, and have or want farm management experience will want to apply. We also want to strongly encourage those who are searching for roots in this industry; and who will approach this opportunity with a deep sense of purpose.

 


Educational Opportunities: The basics of starting and running a farm including starting seeds, greenhouse production, planting, fertilization, drip irrigation, high tunnel growing, farm management and beekeeping. Our staff run several urban farm markets and provide 70+ families with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes. We also participate in several subsidy programs. And, as a worker-run farm, learning to work as a team, make decisions, scheduling, customer relations, inventory, and other skills are part of the farming experience. Since our produce is pesticide-free and locally sourced, urban restaurants, co-ops, and colleges experience farm-to-table benefits. We value education and learning, so we are happy to support any internship, capstone project or thesis research; please share details during your interview.

Skills Desired: no experience necessary for interns or interested folks. For experienced staff, farm experience, farm management, experience driving a tractor and use of other farm equipment, but require: US citizen/green card; valid driver's license; fully vaccinated for Covid; non-smoker of any kind, and physically fit. And because farm equipment and machinery are used on the farm, applicants must: be non-smokers (of any kind) not have alcohol or drug addictions enjoy working outdoors and want to learn chemical-free farming and farm management; it's hard but rewarding work.

Meals: yes. Staff enjoy sharing cooking for group meals. See stipend section for details

Stipend: Experienced farm staff - $1,200/mo. with $100 monthly increases, bonuses, workman’s comp, plus (your own) room and board, free WiFi/internet. Full season or longer commitment required.Farm staff/intern positions - $1,000/mo. with $100 monthly increases, bonuses, workman’s comp, plus (your own) room and board, free WiFi/internet. Minimum season commitment - negotiableROOM/BOARD: Own room in modern farm house with solar panels, vegetarian lifestyle on the farm. We also have 3 cabins.

Housing: yes. See Stipend section for details

Preferred method of Contact: email