Contact informationFarm Address:
Springville Boston Rd
Springville, New York , 14141
Primary Contact: Laura Colligan
Number: (716) 392-5591
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Dirt Rich Farm is a small, Certified Organic vegetable farm in Springville, NY (35 minutes south of Buffalo). We grow a diverse array of vegetables, from arugula through zucchini. Our biggest sales channel is our CSA, but we also sell at a farmers' market and to some local businesses, like restaurants and food co-ops. We grow intensively on 2.5 acres, using a two-wheel tractor and plenty of hand tools.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: late April or early May
Internship Ends: late October
Number of Internship Available: 2-3
Application Deadline: rolling
Minimum Length of Stay: 10 weeks
2020 will be an exciting year of growth for Dirt Rich Farm as we scale up some while staying small! The farm was founded in 2015, growing a diverse array of vegetables on 2/3rds an acre of family land. We now own our own land and plan on having 2.5 acres in vegetable production in 2020. If you join our farm crew in this year, you’ll work side-by-side with the farmers and participate in many aspects of intensive, small-scale vegetable production, including seeding, care of starts in greenhouse, transplanting, thinning, pruning and trellising, harvest, washing and bagging, and CSA share distribution and/or farmers’ market sales. You’l also be involved in caring for hobby-scale dairy goats and laying ducks, working on farm infrastructure projects, and the adventure of teaching ourselves more about culinary mushroom production.
Educational Opportunities: Farmer Laura learned how to farm by working on small organic vegetable farms in Michigan, Vermont, and in New York's Hudson Valley, so if see farming as your career path, we want do do what we can to make the time you spend at Dirt Rich Farm an important part of your farming education. Even if you don't see yourself as a future farmer, though, we want the everyone who works for us to understand why you're doing what you're doing. All employees will also have access to the farm's little collection of farming books.
Skills Desired: Vegetable farming requires the ability to stand and kneel for long periods, lift heavy things regularly, and work outdoors in all weather conditions. Previous farm experience is a plus but not required.
Meals: Employees are provided as much of the farm's excess produce, duck eggs, and goat milk as desired.
Stipend: $11.80-$13.25 per hour based on experience. About 40-50 hours per week.
Housing: Inquire about housing if it is needed.
Preferred method of Contact: email