Tree Syrup Farm Internship – Tonoloway Farm
Last Updated On: noviembre 1st, 2023 at 01:03PM MST
Contact informationFarm Address:
9943 Highland Turnpike
Mc Dowell, Virginia, 24458Primary Contact:
Will ShepherdPrimary Phone:
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description:
We are a forest farm in the Appalachian Highlands of Virginia, where we follow permaculture principles to value the diversity of our forests while producing good food for people. As young farmers, we learn from the experience of our community while experimenting with new ideas. We boil syrup on a high-efficiency wood-fired evaporator, harvesting energy from the same forests that share their sweet sap, while stewarding the woodlands for sustainability, diversity and carbon sequestration.CRAFT Member Farm?
January 15th, 2024Internship Ends:
March 31st, 2024Number of Internship Available:
November 5Minimum Length of Stay:
2.5 monthsInternship Details:
We are hiring for the the winter syrup season, January 15 to March 31st. Tonoloway farm is a first-generation farm that focuses on the sustainable production of forest edibles, namely tree syrups (maple, black walnut, hickory and birch), and shiitake mushrooms. The farm is located on the steep and wooded slopes of the Allegheny Mountains in the central Appalachians. The aim of the farm is to grow what thrives naturally in its environment, while fostering diversity that supports sound ecology and providing nourishing food. The farm started marketing its products in 2018 mostly within Highland County, Virginia, and has expanded in the last year to include surrounding counties including two markets in Bath County, Staunton, and Richmond, VA, as well as a handful of wholesale accounts. Tonoloway plans to increase its production of tree syrups, mushrooms and garlic in 2024 with hopes to add additional markets.
Tonoloway farm is seeking a motivated paid intern/farmer to support its winter and spring activities, in particular the maple and black walnut syrup harvest, shiitake mushroom inoculation and site preparation, with other tasks as needed. This is a great opportunity to work in the opposite season of many other farms. The Farmer would engage in the following activities:
Setting up lines to capture tree sap
Tapping maple and black walnut trees
Collecting and processing sap, and making syrup
Cutting oak logs and inoculating them with shiitake mushroom spawn
Expanding mushroom yard
Managing other forest crops
Finishing new timber-frame workshop
Any other tasks as relevant
The Farmer is needed for 35-40 hours/week between January 15 – March 31, with a possibility of extension part time into the market season to assist with a third market in Virginia and/or periodic farm activities.
The internship includes a stipend of $1,500 per month (prorated for January), in addition to living quarters on the farm
Please send resumé and short letter of interest including why you think you’d be a good fit for this position and your availability to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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There will be some meal sharing but intern will need to prepare some of their own meals Stipend:
monthly stipend of $1500 Housing:
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