Contact informationFarm Address:
57 Sugar Hollow Rd
Fairview , North Carolina , 3086
Primary Contact: Jamie Ager
Secondary Contact: Walker Sides
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: "Hickory Nut Gap Farm has been a family business since 1916 and is currently operated by 4th generation farmer, Jamie Ager. He and his family opened the farm to the public for tours, events, and activities while still maintaining year round meat production in 100% grassfed beef and pasture-raised pork and chicken. Since no other regional farm operates as both a production facility and agritourism model, this is a unique opportunity for interns to see how business and farming intertwine. Hickory Nut Gap is also one of the leading pioneers in sustainable farming, rotational grazing, and regenerative agriculture practices in the Southeast Region. "
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 3/1/2019
Internship Ends: 2/29/2020
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: 5/1/2019
Minimum Length of Stay: 1 Year
“Farm interns play a vital role in the day-to-day operation of farming practices on our 300+ acre farm in Fairview, NC. During the 1-year time commitment, interns will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of livestock farming, berry and apple cultivation, and a variety of farm maintenance skills including carpentry and plumbing.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Feeding pigs, cows, goats, chickens, and turkeys as needed
Fence repair and pasture/fence line mowing
Assisting with farrowing
General livestock care as needed
Farmers market sales
Pruning apple trees and berry bushes
Equipment maintenance and repairs
Repairing water lines and electric fencing
Operation of equipment such as tractors and skid steer
General landscaping duties such as mowing, weedeating, mulching, etc.
Application of pest control measures for organic produce
Hand weeding/mulching berries and asparagus
Leading field trips and tours
Daily animal feeding chores
Educational Opportunities: "Full year farm cycle, marketing and sales, raising livestock, small fruit production, field trip education, regenerative agriculture model, sustainable farming practices, rotational grazing. "
Skills Desired: "Ability to accept responsibility for one's actions and remain accountable Demonstrates strong initiative of projects and assignments ensuring duties are carried out to completion in a responsible manner Is punctual, arriving on-time, every time. Punctuality is crucial for livestock to thrive. Maintains a positive attitude. Accepts changing tasks and assignments with friendly, positive demeanor and adopts a "can-do" attitude Ask lots of questions- this is a learning opportunity, we expect lots of questions. Willingness to ask for clarity in confusing situations Demonstrates a strong curiosity Willingness to try new things Demonstrates a level of contagious team spirit Possesses a mature behavior Demonstrates good decision making Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently "
Meals: Weekly employee meat 20% Discount at farm store Trade value at farmers market 1x week prepared meal at farm kitchen for all staff
Stipend: "Monthly depending on experience + housing + utilities + internet. Interns also qualify for the following company benefits: 10 PTO days off, paid medical insurance if needed, access to flex spending account, worker's comp, free Go Local card, wholesale pricing on all meat products, complimentary facility rental, wholesale priced apparel and bulk coffee. "
Housing: "Shared housing, 2 people/house. Wood stove for heat, full water and electric. No pets. No non-intern roomates."
Preferred method of Contact: Email