Dirt Rich Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
12318 Springville Boston Rd
Springville, New York, 14141

Primary Contact: Laura Colligan
Primary Phone:
    Number: (716) 392-5591
    Email: dirtrichfarm@gmail.com

Website: http://www.dirtrichcsa.com

Internship information
General Farm Description: Dirt Rich Farm is a small, Certified Organic vegetable farm based 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 a food co-op, and are planning on setting up a self-serve farm stand in 2021. As a small farm using intensive growing methods, we rely on a two-wheel tractor and plenty of hand tools. In 2021, we’ll be continuing the scale up while staying small! The farm was founded in 2015 by Laura Colligan, growing a diverse array of vegetables on 2/3rds an acre of family land. In 2019, Laura’s fiance, Ryan Leggio, decided that he wanted to farm, too, and has been running the farm with Laura since then. We now own our own land, had a little less than 2 acres in production in 2020, and plan on bringing an additional half acre into production in 2021.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: late April to late June
Internship Ends: late August to mid-October
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: rolling
Minimum Length of Stay: 10 weeks

Internship Details:

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 possibly CSA share distribution. 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. We have two positions available, one Full Season (40 hours per week from late April or early May through late September or early October) and one Summer (40 hours per week from mid to late June through late August).

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 your future in farming,, 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 big plus but not required.

Meals: Employees are provided as much of the farm's excess produce, duck eggs, and goat milk as desired.

Stipend: $12.50/hour, 40 hours/week

Housing: Inquire about housing if it is needed.

Preferred method of Contact: email