Whiffletree Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
WARRENTON, Virginia, 20186-7640

Primary Contact: Jesse Straight
Primary Phone:
    Number: 5402295192
    Email: jesse@whiffletreefarmva.com

Website: https://www.whiffletreefarmva.com

Internship information
General Farm Description: My wife and I started Whiffletree Farm in my hometown of Warrenton, Virginia in 2009 and have been growing the farm and our family since! We have 8 kids that range from 13 to 1, are Catholic, and love our family, farm, and farm team! The Farm Team generally consists of about 5 full time employees, several part time employees, 1-4 interns, and a stellar poultry processing crew. We work hard to do our work excellently, quickly, and with joy. We raise and sell about 15,000 chickens, eggs from about 2400 hens, about 900 turkeys, and around 140 steers per year. We also collaborate with many other excellent farmers and producers to fill out the diet and offerings for our customers! You can see all we offer at www.whiffletreefarmva.com. Everything is raised on fresh pasture, non-GMO feed, no antibiotics, no chemicals, and our beef is 100% grass-fed. We sell through our Farm Store, Neighborhood Deliveries that range from Maryland to Central Virginia, and to many restaurants and wholesale customers. If you have an eager-beaver attitude and are earnest about doing excellent work, we would like you to join us in our internship program!

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: 4/1/22, 8/1/22, or 12/1/22
Internship Ends: 8/1/22, 12/1/22, or 4/1/23
Number of Internship Available: 4
Application Deadline: Rolling
Minimum Length of Stay: 4 months

Internship Details:

The goal of our internship is that our interns will cheat their learning curve as they move toward starting their own farms, or as a low risk way of checking out the field to see if this is a good career for them.

Our internship is 4 months long. We have 3 sessions that start in April, August, and December respectively.

Interns will work with all of our animals from start to finish. Moving, feeding, watering, processing, packaging. Additionally interns will help with the many other parts of our direct-marketing business: customer service, packing orders, making deliveries, taking animals to slaughter, picking up meat from the slaughterhouse, transporting meat to and from our cold storage, fixing infrastructure, etc.

Educational Opportunities: What Interns Learn: FARM-- Interns will become versed in all the pertinent farming practices of raising our animals, with exposure to all the animal work on a daily basis. Meat chickens, laying hens, turkeys, and beef cattle. This includes moving, feeding, watering, equipment, processing, packaging, etc. MANAGE-- Interns gain exposure to how we operate (business, marketing, customer service, record keeping, sourcing, etc.) NETWORK-- Because we source from a diverse group of farming friends who are raising what we do not, interns have exposure to many knowledgeable people and farms.

Skills Desired: We are looking for a great attitude. Someone who is committed to doing excellent work and is friendly and courteous. Prior experience or skills are a bonus.

Meals: We have two Team Lunches per week.

Stipend: $800/month, $800 bonus at end of 4 month internship, $100 food credit/month

Housing: Yes

Preferred method of Contact: Email