Gathering Springs Farm
Last Updated On: February 22nd, 2023 at 10:51AM MST
Contact informationFarm Address:
22022 Sam Fred Rd
Middleburg, Virginia, 20117
Primary Contact: Pamela Jones
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Gathering Springs farm is a sustainable vegetable farm utilizing organic farming practices. We are heading into our 5th season and we are looking to solidify our expansion and dial in our processes. This season we will have a 60 member CSA, attend a very busy (100+vendor) farmers market, and are looking to increase our wholesale outlet sales. We also intend to offer a series of on-farm events to our community. Our field is 3 acres, with 1.25a of annual vegetables, 0.75a of perennials and a new 0.25a of cut flowers. We are located in Middleburg, VA. GSF is co-owned by Pam Jones and Sarah Obuchowicz; the successful applicants will have the pleasure of working very closely with both of them, along with other team members returning from the 2022 season.
CRAFT Member Farm? Yes
Internship Starts: 04/01/2023
Internship Ends: 11/18/2023
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: February 28th
Minimum Length of Stay: April - November 2023
Working days are Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (at least 2-3/month) for market. In August, extra hours on Thursdays are added on. Interns work side by side with owners and other employees to seed, plant, harvest, wash, pack, and otherwise manage crops for the CSA and weekly farmer’s market (end of April through Thanksgiving). Work conditions are mainly outside, and while considerations are taken for extreme weather, the job does occur in rain, heat, and cold conditions. Interns are welcome to experiment with varieties or crops they are interested in on a small scale, and full access to our business and financial planning are given to help those interested in how the operation of a small farm truly works.
Educational Opportunities: We welcome all members of our team to pursue any 'extra curricular' farming for personal projects such as a crop that they have a particular interest in experimenting with, as well as interest in continuing agriculture education, attending conferences etc.
Skills Desired: Prior experience working on a farm is ideal but not required; however applicant must be a fast learner with an open mind, have good attitude, and ability to multi-task. You must be able to work in a team as well as independently and be trustworthy and accountable. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Bonus skills: Experience with Instagram and Facebook for businesses, interest/experience in helping with events like dinners and food classes, experience in customer service or teaching
Meals: Free vegetables for personal use.
Stipend: $15/hour for applicants with 2+ seasons of farming experience; paid twice a month. 20-25 hours per week (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays), up to 25-30 in July-September. Starting salary of $9/hour for applicants with no farming experience, review every 2 weeks with increase pay rate based on up-skilling.
Preferred method of Contact: Email