Old Ford Farm Dairy Assistant

Contact information
Farm Address:
163 Phillies Bridge Rd
New Paltz, New York, 12561

Primary Contact: Becky Fullam
Primary Phone:
    Number: 8452480956
    Email: oldfordfarm@oldfordfarm.com

Website: https://oldfordfarm.com

Internship information
General Farm Description: Old Ford Farm is a diversified family farm with a mission to produce quality foods, build community, and use farming methods that promote the long-term health of our land, animals, and larger environment. We raise cattle, chickens, and turkeys on 40 acres in New Paltz, NY. Our raw milk, eggs, chicken, and beef are sold in our self-service farm store alongside many other products from nearby farms.

CRAFT Member Farm? Yes

Internship Starts: flexible
Internship Ends: a one-year commitment is required
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: none
Minimum Length of Stay: 1 year

Internship Details:

We are hiring for a Dairy & Livestock Assistant. This position encompasses every aspect of raising livestock on a pasture-based operation and selling products directly to consumers. Jobs will include caring for cows, milking cows, bottling milk, collecting eggs, moving cattle and poultry on pasture, tractor work, and maintenance of infrastructure and equipment, among other farm tasks. This position requires someone who is strong, smart, and observant on top of having monumental physical endurance, excellent communication skills, and a cheerful attitude. Prior agricultural experience is not required, but due to the especially rigorous nature of this position, we will need to see in your background that you can handle physically intense work (e.g. other manual labor, high-level athletics, military service, etc).

This position is for 6 – 8 milking shifts per week, which is around 40 hours. The schedule changes weekly but will always include 2 full days off per week. We are very accommodating of employees’ scheduling needs and preferences. While we strongly prefer to hire a full time worker for this position, we would consider part time for someone who is a great fit and has a very flexible schedule.

See our website for application instructions: http://www.oldfordfarm.com/employment.html

Educational Opportunities: Through your work you will learn about the day-to-day workings and management of a for-profit diversified farm. We are happy to share our record-keeping systems and finances with any interested employees. You will also have the opportunity to take part in CRAFT tours at other farms in the Hudson Valley.

Skills Desired: Character and work ethic are more important than skills and experience. The ability to work long hours at a high physical intensity, often alone, and sometimes in uncomfortable weather conditions is a must. We are looking for someone who has the ability to hustle but also think critically about how work can be done most efficiently. We would love to work with someone who is not just looking for a job, but who is passionate about good food and contributing to a more sustainable and just food system.

Meals: No, but some farm products are part of compensation.

Stipend: Compensation is $20/hour plus free eggs, milk, and yogurt produced on the farm. Employees also get a 20% discount on all other products in the farm store.

Housing: No

Preferred method of Contact: email