Carversville Farm Foundation

Contact information
Farm Address:
6127 Mechanicsville Road
Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania, 18934

Primary Contact: Steven Tomlinson
Primary Phone:
    Number: 855-228-8085


Internship information
General Farm Description: Carversville Farm Foundation (CFF) is a non-profit farm that practices organic agricultural production to serve our environment as well as our community. We currently distribute our farm products to soup kitchens and food pantries in the greater Philadelphia area to help improve access to wholesome, locally grown foods. CFF also sells some of its produce to local restaurants and at our weekly farm stand. We are in the early stages of creating a diversified farm with intensive cover cropping, perennial pastures for grazing beef cattle, pasture raised poultry, poultry processing, mixed vegetables, and mushroom production.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: March 16, 2020
Internship Ends: November 25, 2020
Number of Internship Available: 1 for Field Crop/Hay Apprenticeship
Application Deadline: Rolling deadline
Minimum Length of Stay: 9 months

Internship Details:

We currently farm over 300 acres of crops and hay with a focus on no-till and conservation tillage. We currently make dry hay and wrapped large square bales. This position will work directly with our Mechanic/Operator to operate and maintain equipment in all aspects of our cropping operations including: field preparation, spreading, disking, subsoiling, leveling, seeding and foliar feeding. Hay production entails mowing, tedding, raking, wrapping, and hauling. Apprentices will learn the specifics of cover crop establishment, seed mixes, seeding timing, rates and depths, equipment setup, litter management, forage production, pasture establishment, nutrient management, mixing custom biological foliar feeds that are NOP Compliant. Our apprenticeship program is designed as an introduction to organic farming. Learning the basic skills of farming will be covered from start to finish. The apprentice will learn mostly on the job. Reading material will be supplied to continue the learning after the work day. Lively discussions on and off the field are encouraged to keep the conversation going. Apprentices will work a minimum of 40 hours/week with our full-time farmers on every aspect of production.

Educational Opportunities: Applicants will have the opportunity to attend workshops, classes, and trainings on and off the farm to support their professional development in organic agriculture.

Skills Desired: At least 1 year of experience working in agriculture with 50hp+ tractors and implements and a strong interest in pursuing Organic Crop and Hay farming as a career. Ability to complete all field work tasks, and a willingness to be flexible team players and contribute wherever needed throughout the season; willingness and desire to work until the job is done, working overtime if necessary throughout the peak of the season. Previous farm experience is a plus. Applicants should possess the ability and desire to sustain effort in both an independent and diverse team setting, often in adverse weather conditions. Must be able to lift up to 40lbs. Applicants should also have the self-motivation to strive towards completing tasks quickly and efficiently. Driving our delivery van into the greater Philadelphia area will be required. Participating in processing poultry on the farm will also be a part of the job. Good people skills and the willingness to work with volunteers are important. We’re seeking people who are reliable, organized, enthusiastic, have good communication skills and an attention to detail, and have an eagerness to learn the principles of organic and regenerative farming. Carversville Farm Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Meals: Applicants will be required to provide their own meals.

Stipend: A stipend of $1,800.00 a month will be provided.

Housing: Housing is provided.

Preferred method of Contact: Email