Temple Wilton Community Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
195 Isaac Frye Hwy
28 Keyes Hill Rd
Wilton, New Hampshire, 03086

Primary Contact: Benjamin Meier
Primary Phone:
    Number: 603-654-6082
    Email: bjonas.meier@gmail.com

Website: https://www.twcfarm.com/

Website: https://www.abbothillcreamery.com/

Internship information
General Farm Description: Temple Wilton Community Farm is a small biodynamic CSA farm that started in 1985/86. Our farm grows vegetables, some fruits, and raises livestock animals primarily for dairy. We have around 20 milking cows. Besides milk, the small creamery on site offers over 13 different types of cheese and yogurt. We are committed to our community, which includes the animals and the land. Cows keep their horns, which are an integral part of their being, and live on pasture for as long as weather permits. What we need comes from within the farm as much as possible. Rather than work within a profit driven model, we strive to work sustainably with the land for the betterment of our community as a whole.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: April 2021
Internship Ends: October 2021
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: ongoing
Minimum Length of Stay: preferably the whole time and we are free people and understand things come up

Internship Details:

Looking for Cheese Apprentice with Possibility to Become an Assistant

Abbot Hill Creamery ( www.abbothillcreamery.com ) part of the Temple-Wilton-Community Farm www.twcfarm.com, a Biodynamic CSA established in 1986, is looking for a passionate individual interested in apprenticing to make cheese.

The creamery processes approximately 250 gallons of cow’s milk into yoghurt and cheese every week. We currently make 14 different types of cheese, ranging from soft to extra hard.

Necessary Qualities of a Cheese Apprentice:

Loves cheese!
Sincere interest in learning how to make and sell cheese
Hard working
Pays attention to detail and order
Gives attention to cleanliness and takes joy in cleaning (70% of cheese making is washing things)
Always tries to give their best
Ability to work alone and take on responsibilities

Computer skills are welcome as well as a willingness to do some chores on the farm. A love for animals is much appreciated.

This year the Creamery is trying to fundraise and to finalize the plans for a bigger Creamery building. Anything you can contribute to that project is highly welcomed.

What you will learn:
How to make different kinds of cheese including (but not limited to) Gouda, Alpine Style, Quark, Blue Cheese, Camembert, Parmesan, Mozzarella, and Feta
How to make yoghurt
Cave Management (washing, brining, flipping, and overall age management of cheese)
Selling cheese

This is a practical training in cheese making. What you learn will depend heavily on what you wish to learn and are capable of. There is also space to do your own projects like making/ developing a new cheese. There is also a possibility for the right person to become a Cheese Making Assistant after finishing the apprenticeship.

Besides the many hours dedicated to training as a cheese maker, you will also be provided with a bedroom in a beautiful house with other workers on the farm, and access to all foods produced by the farm. You will be paid a trial month stipend of $1000 for the first month, and $1250 monthly after that.

If you are interested in making cheese with our small and diverse creamery, please contact our friendly cheese maker Benjamin at bjonas.meier@gmail.com.

Educational Opportunities: Cheesemaking skills

Skills Desired: Cheesemaking experience is appreciated but not necessary.

Meals: Apprentices have access to all food produced at the farm.

Stipend: Yes: $1000 for the first trial month and $1250 a month after that.

Housing: Yes: A room in a house at the farm with other apprentices.

Preferred method of Contact: email