Contact informationFarm Address:
57 Jug End Road
Great Barrington , Massachusetts , 95466
Primary Contact: Elizabeth Keen
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: "Indian Line Farm, the oldest CSA in the US, is a Certified Naturally Grown farm growing for 140 members, the Great Barrington Farmers' Market, and several stores and restaurants. Our farm is located in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, 2.5 miles from NYC. Our community is known for its beautiful rural landscape, myriad outdoor and cultural activities, as well as for having a thriving local food economy. The work is physically demanding and fast paced. At the same time we enjoy the day, have a sense of humor and take pride in our results. "
CRAFT Member Farm? Yes
Internship Starts: 4/1/2019
Internship Ends: 11/1/2019
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: 1/31/2019
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 Months
“We are looking for full and part-time employees or apprentices with at least one season of experience working outdoors in some capacity. Will take the right person who has no experience. Our crew usually consists of 3-5 people. Pay dependent on experience and if housing needed ($10-14/hr). Our schedule is M-F 7:00-4:30 with Saturdays 6:45-12:00 two times per month. Season is from mid March through the end of October. Some options for November work too.
Job responsibilities will include all manner of tasks involved in vegetable, herb, and cut flower production including: filling flats, seeding, preparing farm beds, irrigating in fields and watering plants inside and outside greenhouses, transplanting seedlings, caring for plants in all aspects of pre-harvest stage, including hoeing and weeding by hand. Apprentices will use mechanical tools like: weed whackers, push mowers and other equipment (including tractors) after demonstrating proficiency.
Apprentices will harvest with sharp knives, clippers and by hand and will wash, pack and sort produce in preparation for deliveries which is a shared responsibility.
Qualifications include the ability to: lift 50 pounds and be physically fit for a demanding job; to work in all weather-cold, rain and heat; have a valid driver's license; a good attitude and work well with a farm crew and volunteers; present self well with the clients we serve-farm members, farmers' market customers, chefs, and produce managers; and must be able to work efficiently and quickly.
Fun, educational and supportive work environment, great veggies and fruit, workers compensation and paid mid-morning break with food provided.
Educational Opportunities: "All apprentices participate in the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) and go to frequent farm tour/workshops at nearby participating farms. In addition we commit to six, one-on-one sessions with apprentices on subjects of interest."
Skills Desired: "Applicants must have a strong work ethic and should be willing to work in all kinds of weather. We desire people who want to learn all aspects of running a small farm. Prior experience is helpful, but not required. Having a positive attitude, well rounded background and team spirit are a must."
Meals: We provide food during a mid morning paid break and occasional lunches.
Stipend: All apprentices earn $10.00/hour.
Housing: We offer housing in a newly constructed cabin. Kitchen and bathroom are provided separately.
Preferred method of Contact: email