Pine Haven Farms Internship

Contact information
Farm Address:
680 Old Salem School Road
Union Hall, Virginia, 24176

Primary Contact: George Karnes
Secondary Contact: Lannette Karnes

Primary Phone:
    Number: 5406830460

Secondary Phone
    Number: 5406830508



Internship information
General Farm Description: Pine Haven Farms is found in the picturesque rolling hills of Franklin County, VA not far from beautiful Smith Mountain Lake. We prioritize sustainable practices, environmental stewardship and having fun. Our farm is dedicated to regenerative agriculture practices, which involves a holistic approach to farming that focuses on improving soil health, promoting biodiversity, and reducing the use of harmful chemicals. Currently we have a growing cow calf operation, a laying flock and small orchard. In addition to that, we offer farm stay experiences in our "Barndominium and also have a group of log cabins on Smith Mountain Lake.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: 04/01/2024
Internship Ends: 10/31/2024
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: open
Minimum Length of Stay: At least three months, but we will work with the right candidate.

Internship Details:
Looking for a unique and exciting farm internship that combines cattle, poultry, social media, farm stays, and tourism? Look no further! Our farm is the perfect place for you to gain hands-on experience in various aspects of farm life, from animal care to social media marketing. You will have the opportunity to work with our diverse range of animals, including cattle and poultry, while also learning about regenerative farming practices. In addition to the hands-on work, you’ll also be responsible for managing our social media and online presence, showcasing the farm’s beauty and daily activities to our online audience.
But that’s not all! We also offer farm stay experiences for tourists, and you’ll have the chance to learn about the tourism industry while helping to create unforgettable memories for our guests. You’ll be an integral part of the team, ensuring that our farm stays are enjoyable and educational.
This internship is perfect for someone who is passionate about agriculture, animals, and sustainable living, and who also has a knack for social media and customer service. In addition, we welcome your ideas for new business opportunities and will help you craft a project that will meet any academic requirement or professional development you are interested in.
The Pine Haven Farms Internship includes housing, internet, fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs and even meat products. The Franklin County area has fabulous entertainment options such as the Harvester Center and The Coves for music, all of the Water Activities available at Smith Mountain Lake, free access to Pine Haven kayaks, and a short drive to Star City of Roanoke. If you’re ready to dive into a diverse and exciting farm experience, apply now and join our team!

Educational Opportunities: Educational opportunities abound. You will learn how to husband a rotating cattle herd using low stress methods, manage a laying flock of pastured chickens, how to effectively grow a diverse vegetable garden, operate farm machinery from tractors to compact track loaders, run water pipe and build water systems, build high tensile electrified fencing, lead farm tours, market direct to consumers in person and online, learn about agritourism and Short Term Rentals. We also welcome your input on other educational opportunities you are interested in.

Skills Desired: No experience is required, but past experience will matter in the candidate selected. We can teach you all the skills you will need with the exception of social media skills. Experience in running socials will be strongly considered. Socials to include Instgram, Facebook, X and crafting online ads and managing a marketing budget.

Meals: We do not prepare meals, however, the candidate will have access to food grown and produced on the farm to prepare their own meals.

Stipend: A stipend will be offered based on experience between $1000 - $1750 per month. As proficiency is displayed in basic farm operations increases in the monthly stipend will take place. Hours will be 35 to 50 hours per week depending on the season. There may be opportunities for additional income when vacation rental season is busy and additional maintenance staff is needed for our short term rental properties. In order to be eligible for those opportunities, the candidate will need to shadow our staff at least three times while they turn a property. For a candidate that is able to satisfactorily complete at least four consecutive months, a bonus of $2000 will be paid.

Housing: Housing is provided including Internet and utilities.

Preferred method of Contact: Cell or Email