Sang Lee Farms, Inc.

Contact information
Farm Address:
25180 County Road 48
Peconic, New York, 11958

Primary Contact: Lucy Senesac
Primary Phone:
    Number: 6317347001


Internship information
General Farm Description: Our farm is an 80 acre organic farm on the North Fork of Long Island. We grow hundreds of different varieties of vegetables and we sell only direct to consumer via CSA, farmer's markets, and at our large bustling retail market on site. We have a certified organic kitchen which we make all value added items with our produce. We farm year round using unheated greenhouses and sell through a winter farmer's market. We are looking for enthusiastic and hardworking candidates for the 2021 season to work in our fields, at the farmstand and markets, and in our kitchen. We are passionate about farming organically because we believe in caring for the soil, the land, and our future generations.

CRAFT Member Farm? Yes

Internship Starts: April / May 2022
Internship Ends: October / November 2022
Number of Internship Available: 6
Application Deadline: 3/15/2022
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 Months

Internship Details:

Looking for hard working field staff to assist in the 2022 season who are passionate about learning what goes into growing their food. You do not need experience on a farm (though it is great if you do!), but you must be willing to work hard, get dirty, and learn by experience. It is just as important for us to make sure this work suits you as it is for you to make sure this is the right farm for you. We like to do a phone interview followed by an in person or Skype interview. This all takes place between January and April. When you are hired, we will send you a handbook that you must sign off that you have read and agree to before your start date.
All Sang Lee Farms employees experience farming through hands-on learning on our diversified certified organic farm. Your roles will vary throughout the season but will primarily focus on the planting, maintenance and harvest of the “fruiting” crops such as tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, fall squash, watermelons, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and more. You will observe and interact with other areas of the farm as well from time to time, but this is your primary area since we are a larger (80 acre) farm with a few different field crews. You will be involved with preparing for our CSA program shares early in the week (harvest, sort, weigh, package, count, and load) and similarly you will be involved with preparing for the farmer’s markets on Thursday and Fridays.

The farm’s focus is both production and education. All field crew members work closely with the existing farm team to learn the daily rhythms in the various parts of the farm and participate in discussions with the farmers. Additional learning opportunities are available through the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) .

We do not offer housing as a part of the apprenticeship. We do have some options that we can refer you to!
Pep in your step
We work at a fast pace here and we work efficiently to complete tasks. We find everyone works best together when there is a set pace that everyone can keep up with. For instance, when we are weeding, we are working together at a good speed to accomplish the days tasks so we can move on to the next important tasks.
Follow direction with positive attitude
We strive to communicate clearly when giving employees directions. We ask that you respect our systems and approach each task with an open mind. We think that “clear is kind, unclear is unkind”. When we are clear with you, you know what we expect. It is great to ask questions and propose new ways to try things, as long as you do so with respect and understanding that we have figured out some ways of doing things over time that work for our farm.
Take initiative outside of work
While we will certainly explain the day’s tasks and why we are performing them, we like our apprentices to take initiative in their own learning, and go home after the day to read about our learn about some things that they might be curious about, eg. basic plant botany. Our field supervisors and managers are passionate about plants, so feel free to ask questions.
Staying power

We love our staff to have had other experiences so they know how much work there is to farming! It is very gratifying work, but it requires a heartiness and a work ethic that is sometimes hard to teach. We ask that you have had a full time 40 hour / week job in the past and have some physical experience that will prepare you.
Works well as a team, and with diverse crew

to create an environment that is free of all intolerance, we require all employees to be responsible for their words, actions & attitudes.
Punctual & prompt
Since we all work as a team, it is important that you are someone who can consistently arrive on time to work. This means, arrive early, get your gear on and together, and then punch in when everyone else punches in. This ensures that we can all give direction and get started together.
We are looking to fill the following positions throughout the growing season. We are flexible with which days / week and hours you can commit as long as it is communicated up front before the season starts:

45 hours / week (April – November)
45 hours / week (May – October)

25 hours / week (May – October)
40 hours / week (June – September)
25 hours / week (June – September)
All positions are Monday – Friday as weekends we are at markets and Sundays everyone is off. Some days we might stay past 5pm, but mostly the schedule is from 8am-5pm

Educational Opportunities: Learn by working!

Skills Desired: Hard working attitude and willingness to learn!

Meals: No, but veggies are provided!

Stipend: We pay by the hour $15 + / hr based on experience.

Housing: No

Preferred method of Contact: Email