Last Updated On: November 1st, 2023 at 01:41PM MST
Contact informationFarm Address:
1109 Jones Rd.
Palermo, Maine, 04354
Primary Contact: Marc Cavatorta
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Foxfire Farm is a small-scale diversified farming operation in its third year of production. Our goal is to provide healthy, nutrient-dense food to families while maintaining responsible land stewardship goals and environmental ethics. We use organic and regenerative farming practices to grow vegetable crops primarily for distribution to wholesale accounts. The farm is 13.5 acres, with approximately 4 acres under cultivation between vegetables and cover crops. The farm is still in the startup phase; successful candidates will be open-minded and flexible to trying different production systems as we experiment with reduced tillage and no-till systems. This year we will continue to expand vegetable production, focusing on a dozen or so crops that work well in our system. Each year we also work with a local seed company to grow a unique seed trial of veggie, herb, and flower varieties. Building projects will include a high tunnel and wash/pack facility.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 5/1 - Flexible
Internship Ends: 10/31 - Flexible
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: 5/1/23
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months
The farm intern/apprenticeship program is designed to give practical, hands-on work experience to individuals interested in learning about organic farming and sustainable food production. The core component will be vegetable production, with additional responsibilities of caring for livestock and working on building infrastructure. There will also be opportunities for learning and exploring homesteading activities including canning, fermenting and wildcrafting food and medicine after work hours.
Participate in all aspects of crop production, including but not limited to: seeding, transplanting, irrigating, fertilizing, weeding, thinning, and harvesting
Washing and packing produce for wholesale deliveries
Greenhouse propagation and watering
Educational Opportunities: You will learn about vegetable production, soil health, cover cropping, and sales and marketing on a small farm.
Skills Desired: Desired Qualifications: Interest in and understanding of organic and sustainable farming methods Should be efficient, competent, and have a strong work ethic Physically and emotionally fit for long days of manual labor in all weather conditions Excellent communication and problem solving skills Positive attitude and pleasant to work with One season on an organic farm is preferred but not required
Meals: Farm produce and staple foods are provided.
Housing: Limited housing is available
Preferred method of Contact: Email