Dirt Rich Farm
Last Updated On: February 23rd, 2023 at 04:27PM MST
Contact informationFarm Address:
12318 Springville Boston Rd
Springville, New York, 14141
Primary Contact: Laura Colligan
Number: (716) 392-5591
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Dirt Rich Farm is a Certified Organic vegetable farm located 40 minutes south of Buffalo, NY. We have about 1.5 acres in cultivation and grow over 40 different kinds of vegetables and culinary herbs for our 150 member Summer CSA (June-October), 30 member Late Fall CSA (November and December), a farmers market, a farm stand, and wholesale to restaurants and other local businesses. We use low-till methods, and our most important equipment is a two-wheel tractor and hand tools. The farm is run by Laura Colligan, who started the business in 2015, when she was 21, and her husband Ryan Leggio, who joined the farm in 2019.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: April
Internship Ends: October
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: rolling
Minimum Length of Stay: 4 months
What does it take to make a living from small-scale organic vegetable farming without off-farm jobs? Working at Dirt Rich Farm, you’ll experience the reality of life on an economically viable farm. You’ll be part of a small, close-knit team, with an integral role to play in the success of the growing season, with tasks including seeding, watering, transplanting, weeding, hoeing, harvesting, washing, and bagging vegetables. We’re looking a couple of people to work with us for the 2023 growing season, with full and part-time positions available.
Educational Opportunities: We aim to teach as we go, trying to explain not just what work we're doing, but why we're doing it the way we do. All employees will also have access to the farm's little collection of farming books. Farmer Laura is the president of the new local chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition and is happy to keep you in the loop about all local NYFC events.
Skills Desired: Previous farming experience is preferred, but not required.
Meals: Everyone who works on the farm is welcome to as much free produce from the farm as they’d like to feed themselves and members of their household. Free goat milk from the farm’s small hobby herd of dairy goats is also often available.
Stipend: $15+/hour, depending on experience
Housing: Not provided
Preferred method of Contact: email