Riverland Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
211 River Rd
Sunderland, Massachusetts, 01375

Primary Contact: Emily Landeck
Secondary Contact: Meghan Arquin

Primary Phone:
    Number: 8314313280
    Email: info@riverlandfarm.com

    Email: assistantmanager@riverlandfarm.com

Website: https://www.riverlandfarm.com

Internship information
General Farm Description: Riverland Farm is a Women-run, Certified Organic Farm in Western Massachusetts. We grow high quality, organic produce for our community. We are invested in the health and viability of organic farmland in our region and continue to work to maintain and improve the land we farm. We grow 40 acres of certified organic vegetables on prime agricultural soil along the Connecticut River in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. We take pride in the quality of our vegetables and the ongoing relationships we maintain with our customers, locally and regionally. Our growing practices, inputs and systems reflect our high standards for healthy land, good food and worker safety. We use only sustainable practices and organic approved inputs. We are a USDA Certified Organic Farm, certified by Baystate Certifiers.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: May 3rd
Internship Ends: October 29th
Number of Internship Available: 3-7
Application Deadline: Feb 28th, 2021
Minimum Length of Stay: 1 full season

Internship Details:


The people in these positions make up the core of our field production crew and will be responsible for a myriad of tasks in the production of fresh high quality produce from seed to harvest and pack out.
Positions start in the beginning of May and continue through October or November
40-55 hrs per week, Monday – Friday and 2 Saturday mornings each month

(we also have part time harvest crew positions and part time weeding crew positions available – please inquire for more info)

Responsibilities include, but not limited to:
Greenhouse work including seeding, transplanting, filling seedling trays with soil, moving seedling trays around and out of the greenhouse
Field work including transplanting by machine and hand, hoeing, hand weeding, and managing row cover
Harvest work is mostly done by hand for the many vegetable crops we grow and requires a lot of heavy lifting, includes using sharp tools (knives / clippers), rubber bands for making bunches, and requires a lot of counting and meticulous quality control.
Post-harvest work including assisting the washroom manager with produce washing and packing activities.
Operation of farm vehicles
Clean up of farm waste and organization of materials
Additionally some tasks such as light carpentry, painting, and building or equipment maintenance will be part of these positions.

All positions include benefits of an hour paid lunch, allotted vacation time, select paid holidays off and use of vegetables for cooking and preserving!

Educational Opportunities: Although we are not an educational farm we believe working on a farm crew often fosters lasting connections and friendships as well as great educational experiences. We have a small and tight knit crew that works very closely with one another on a daily basis. We aim to have our crew working together towards common goals and supporting one another through the wide range of ups and downs of farming. We work in a small, tight knit crew for long hours through variable weather. As a farm crew member you will be exposed to the wide-array of tasks involved in the production of a 40-acre vegetable farm and will have ample opportunity to gain knowledge through experience and camaraderie with fellow crew members.

Skills Desired: Farming is a very physically demanding job. The days are long and variable and require people with good mental and physical stamina. A person that excels in this role is a good team player, has a positive attitude and good work ethic, is efficiency minded, has a good sense of humor, and is physically fit. All applicants will be considered for these positions but preference is given to those with prior farm experience. You must have a valid driver’s license to apply.

Meals: Not regularly, but we do have occasional crew potluck lunches.

Stipend: We start each position at MA hourly minimum wage for $13.50/hr for 40-55 hrs per week from May through October

Housing: No

Preferred method of Contact: email