Contact informationFarm Address:
60 Williamstown Road
Lanesborough , Massachusetts , 32759
Primary Contact: Jim Schultz
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: "Red Shirt Farm is a 13-acre, diversified, regenerative farm in Lanesborough, Massachusetts in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains managed by Jim and Annie Schultz. Jim studied ecological agriculture at Sterling College, New Alchemy Institute and The Evergreen State College and apprenticed for three years on small farms around New England. Annie grew up on Caretaker Farm in Williamstown and apprenticed in Maine. We have been developing the farm since we purchased the land in 2000 and are entering our 8th year as a commercial operation. We employ ecologically-based, regenerative methods to grow 2 acres of mixed vegetables which we provide to a 90-family CSA, several wholesale accounts and a farmers market. No pesticides, herbicides or chemicals of any kind are used on the farm and we practice permaculture-based, Biodynamics-inspired no-till methods in our vegetable production and orchard and pasture management. We make the majority of the compost that we use on the farm and are actively engaged in remineralizing our soil. A small, multi-species permaculture orchard is just coming into production. Our infrastructure is constantly evolving but we currently have a barn with vegetable wash area and two walk-in coolers, a heated propagation house, two large greenhouses, a mobile high tunnel and a caterpillar tunnel. The farm is solar-powered and we use a climate battery to heat one of our three greenhouses year-round. We use a wide spectrum of tools appropriate to the task at hand including a tractor, a BCS, and a variety of human-powered implements and hand tools. Pasture-raised animals are an integral part of our operation and we are committed to preserving and restoring heritage breeds. We want to provide an alternative to the industrial Cornish Cross chicken which pervades over 99% of the market. So we selectively breed, hatch and raise Buckeye and Black Australorp chickens and Standard Bronze turkeys for meat and eggs without the use of hormones or antibiotics. These birds have a slow, natural rate of growth and don't suffer from the health problems of the industrial breeds. Slow Food USA, an organization dedicated to transforming the way we produce, consume and enjoy food, has recognized the Buckeye and the Standard Bronze Turkey in its prestigious "Ark of Taste", a catalog of endangered, heritage foods that are sustainably produced and notable for their intense flavor. Our poultry is processed humanely on-farm under a Massachusetts state license. We also raise heritage pigs on pasture which we sell as halves and wholes. Several bee hives are kept for pollination and honey production. Recreational opportunities: When you're not working on the farm, you'll never be at a loss for things to do. The Berkshires is a cultural mecca and a paradise for outdoors enthusiasts. The area boasts over a hundred cultural attractions, many of them world renowned. Take in a concert at Tanglewood; see a show at the Williamstown Theater Festival, Shakespeare and Company or the Barrington Stage; or enjoy art exhibits at the Clark Art Institute, Mass MoCA or the Norman Rockwell Museum. We're located right at the base of Mt. Greylock, the state's highest peak, just head out the door to go for a hike, mountain bike or trail run. A number of other state parks dot the area. Take a dip at Pontoosuc Lake, Wahconah Falls or Margaret Lindley Park, all just minutes away. Three other farms in the area host apprentices make some new friends and hang out after work. Or relax with a book from our extensive sustainable ag library and add some book learning to your new-found hands-on skills. "
CRAFT Member Farm? Yes
Internship Starts: 5/1/2019
Internship Ends: 11/24/2019
Number of Internship Available: 3
Application Deadline: 2/15/2019
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months
“Be part of a small farm that is making a BIG difference! Develop hands-on skills in regenerative agriculture that build soil, sequester carbon, and enhance natural processes. Help us preserve heritage breed animals and learn about intensive pasture management. Share your passion and growing knowledge with our Roots Rising students' a local high school youth group which we partner with. Join our team and contribute to changing the future of food and farming.
Our interns participate in all aspects of the farm's operations, including the philosophy of regenerative farming methods, the logistics of managing a diverse vegetable and animal farm, and marketing.
On the vegetable side of the operation, interns will be exposed to seeding flats, grafting tomatoes, greenhouse monitoring and watering, direct seeding and transplanting, soil amending, cover cropping, bed preparation, weed control, pest management, harvesting, washing and packing, season extension, compost management, operating a BCS walk-behind tractor, and selling at a farmers market.
On the animal side of the operation, interns will learn about animal husbandry including breeding, incubation, hatching, brooding and pasturing heritage poultry, rearing heritage pigs on pasture, electric fencing and humane processing. The internship entails about 50-55 hours of work per week, including marketing at the CSA or farmers market for half a day on Saturdays.
Although prior farming experience is not strictly necessary, our internship program is designed for those with a serious professional interest in agriculture. You are our ideal candidate if you are honest, responsible, respectful and reliable. You should be self-motivated; take pride in doing high quality work; work well with others and individually; have a good sense of humor and a desire to have fun; and be excited about living in community with others. We need people who are ready to learn, take and give direction, and are excited about working intensely with all types of people. Good people skills are important, you should display a friendly, energetic and engaged demeanor when interacting with CSA members and customers farmers markets, and be comfortable interacting with and leading volunteers, student work groups and WWOOFers. Our Interns, like all of our employees, are held to high standards for organization, communication, positive attitude, respect and kindness for coworkers, work quality, and professional agricultural work ethic and schedule.
The work is physically demanding and can be repetitive at times. You should be physically fit and able to lift at least 55 lbs, prepared to work in all weather conditions (wind, rain, heat cold), and find enjoyment in doing manual labor. A valid drivers license is required and your own transportation is desirable. You will also need health insurance.
Educational Opportunities: "Interns receive substantial education in all aspects of running a small-scale, diversified farm, and enjoy access to the farm's extensive agricultural library of books and periodicals. Interns are also given the opportunity to participate in CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training), which includes regular half-day visits to other farms in the area. We subsidize attendance at the NOFA Summer Conference. If there is interest, interns can learn about and participate in food preservation, yoghurt making, bee-keeping and harvesting honey."
Skills Desired: "Although prior farming experience is not strictly necessary, our internship program is designed for those with a serious professional interest in agriculture. You are our ideal candidate if you are honest, responsible, respectful and reliable. You should be self-motivated; take pride in doing high quality work; work well with others and individually; have a good sense of humor and a desire to have fun; and be excited about living in community with others. We need people who are ready to learn, take and give direction, and are excited about working intensely with all types of people. Good people skills are important, you should display a friendly, energetic and engaged demeanor when interacting with CSA members and customers farmers markets, and be comfortable interacting with and leading volunteers, student work groups and WWOOFers. Our Interns, like all of our employees, are held to high standards for organization, communication, positive attitude, respect and kindness for coworkers, work quality, and professional agricultural work ethic and schedule. "
Meals: "Meals are typically cooked and eaten communally, with rotating responsibilities both in the kitchen and around the farmhouse. We eat a primarily veggie-centric diet supplemented with protein raised on the farm. "
Stipend: "$850/month and free room & board. Other amenities include workers compensation insurance, wireless internet, laundry facilities, and farm produce for personal use"
Housing: Housing is available as either as private room within the farmhouse or in an adjoining studio apartment. Both housing options offer a private bathroom.
Preferred method of Contact: Email or phone