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Chickadee Farms

Contact information
Farm Address:
1000 McLemore Road
Clayton , North Carolina , 27253

Primary Contact: Jennifer Sanford-Johnson
Secondary Contact: Jennifer Sanford-Johnson

Primary Phone:
    Number: 919-418-9628


Internship information
General Farm Description: Certified Naturally Grown 6 acre farm. We grow vegetables, herbs and are experimenting with cut flowers this year. We also raise layer hens that rotate through the fields. Woman owned and operated the farm serves a 60+ member CSA, two farmer's markets and a variety of restaurants in Cary/Raleigh. Soil health and high quality produce are of the utmost importance on the farm. There are also 4 high tunnels that are used year around.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: 3/1/2019
Internship Ends: 11-31-2019
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: Until Filled
Minimum Length of Stay: 9 months

Internship Details:

Apprenticeship Goals:

An apprentice is an individual interested in receiving hands-on training in all aspects of a trade from preparing the fields to selling at markets.

Successful apprentices are active learners, have clear goals, and push their mentors to provide the information they need. Questions and curiosity often spurs innovation!

You are seriously considering farming as a career goal. This position is intended to prepare you for the experience of starting and operating your own commercial farm.

An Apprentice is Expected to:

Live on Farm: we will eat lunch and dinner together in the farmhouse. It is important you respect the farm/farmhouse: please clean up after yourself!

Work a Saturday Farmer's Market from April – November

Participate in all aspects of running the Farm, i.e. closing up chickens in the evening

Work independently as needed

Take ownership in the spirit and quality of our Farm

Own a car and cell phone

Type of Work Expected:

Care of chicken flocks: opening, feeding, watering and gathering eggs in the morning, closing up at night. Moving egg mobile when needed.

Greenhouse seeding, watering and management

Field preparation, transplanting and seeding crops, weeding, trellising

Pest and disease scouting

Setting up, managing and pulling out irrigation and landscape fabric, row cover etc.

High tunnel planting, management and moving

Harvesting and post harvest handling

A lot of farm dishes!

Running a Farmer's Market stand each Saturday

Assistance in construction and maintenance projects

Deliveries when needed

Assistance in event planning: We host a pig picking / pie contest event each October – and possibly other on-farm events throughout the year

Educational Opportunities: On farm class each week, required reading from books in the farm library, attendance to the CFSA conference and workshops through out the year as they arise

Skills Desired: Sustainable farming experience, ability to work well with others, friendly and personable, perseverant, ability to work in all safe weather conditions, flexible, able to take direction, able to think and change plans on the fly

Meals: Lunch and dinner, Produce and eggs provided for breakfast, when available

Stipend: $400-$500/month, including market bonuses

Housing: Private apartment with small kitchen , shower/toilet. Internet, water, electric included. Access to farmhouse for larger meals or in inclement weather.

Preferred method of Contact: email