Contact informationFarm Address:
456 Friendly Pooch Lane
Pittsboro, North Carolina, 27312
Primary Contact: Patricia Parker
Secondary Contact: Benjamin Shields
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: We are a small, family produce farm of 11 years located about 10 miles west of downtown Pittsboro, NC. The farm was loved and cultivated by the late Bill Dow, who was the first NC farmer to have his farm certified organic and one of the founders of the Carrboro Farmers’ Market. The farmland is now owned and operated by Patricia Parker, Benjamin Shields, and crew (one full-time employee, two part-time employees, and a number of volunteers). We strive to continue Bill’s legacy and farm in a way that is ecologically healthy & communally strengthening. Currently we grow year-round on about 5 acres (3 in orchard and 2 in garden). Rotation, cover crops, and compost are central to our production philosophy of feeding the soil biology to feed the crops. We grow a little over 100 different varieties of vegetables, a few different fruits (strawberries,melons, apples, pears, and blueberries) as well as annual cut flowers. We grow and sell year round by using various season extension tools, variety selection and a few different marketing channels, namely our CSA, farmer's markets and restaurants. We believe access to healthy food is a human right. We offer sponsored CSA shares for community members in need & we also offer pay what you can opportunities for community members at market. We like to be part of the community and we enjoy participating in the Abundance Foundation's PepperFest, the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's (CFSA) Piedmont Farm Tour, and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) Farm to Fork fundraiser, among other events (when there's not a global pandemic on).
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: early March 2021
Internship Ends: mid-December 2021 at the earliest, but would prefer through March 2022 (or longer)
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: Until the position is filled.
Minimum Length of Stay: at least through December 2021, but a full year is preferred
This is a paid position. We would like someone to start in March at about 20 hours per week. We would then increase your weekly hours and will have you at 40 hours per week no later than June. This is something we can discuss during the interview.
Educational Opportunities: We will share our library resources with you. We will be transparent about all aspects of farming as you show interest. If you have specific learning goals, please mention those when you reply. We believe we need to grow farmers and that is as much part of our vocation as feeding the soil and growing food.
Skills Desired: Looking for an inquisitive and positive person who enjoys working hard and learning by doing. Must be self-motivated to learn & work. Must take initiative. We explain our agricultural practices and techniques as we work. We focus on performing tasks efficiently & with a sense of urgency in the field, but we also like to encourage critical thinking & fun times too. We are open to discussing Eco-agriculture practices, business and management. Also open to talking about farm finances and experiences of farming as a full time job. Your time will be spent working alongside Ben, other employees, or volunteers, as well as completing farm tasks independently. You will do work associated with growing vegetables, fruit, and flowers; duties include mixing potting soil, making soil blocks, seeding, watering, transplanting, weeding by hand, cultivating (weeding) with hand tools, harvesting, washing and packing. You will also assist with post-harvest storage, irrigation, bed prep, cover crops, compost making, tunnel and row cover management, farm construction projects, as well as weed, disease and pest monitoring and management. You may also assist with CSA distributions, farmer's market sales and restaurant deliveries. Please email us with your letter of interest and fill out the application here: https://forms.gle/hX5b3frF7Ao6YMcQ8 We prefer to do an on farm working interview. We will compensate you with produce for your interview time. Mostly, we are looking for someone who is serious about learning and doing the work. Most likely, this is someone who wants to have their own farm someday. Outdoor work experience is preferred, but farm work experience is not necessary. We need someone with a strong work ethic, a strong desire to learn how to farm, a good sense of humor, the ability to work quickly & efficiently (smarter, not harder); the capability to work in adverse conditions with cheer (rain, cold, heat, humidity, mosquitoes, gnats, being tired, etc. are facts of farm life). Must be physically able to lift & carry up to 50 lbs.
Meals: No. However, we are more than happy to share produce and other farm goods.
Stipend: We will start at $10-$12/hour, depending on skill set and experience. If you are reliable and do good work with a good attitude, you will earn a raise. The longer you stay with us, the more you will earn. You are also welcome to as much produce as you would like to take for your household.
Housing: No, though we do have a spot for a camper if you have one.
Preferred method of Contact: email