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Laughing Earth

Contact information
Farm Address:
3842 NY 2
Cropseyville, New York , 12052

Primary Contact: Zachary Metzger
Secondary Contact: Annie Metzger

Primary Phone:
    Number: 5188218449



Internship information
General Farm Description: Our diverse 175-acre farm includes 10 acres of certified organic vegetables and flowers, and certified organic pastured chickens, turkeys, and organically managed pork and beef, with a few sheep as a trial in the 2020 season. We also grow some hay for our animals. Almost all of our vegetables are marketed through our FarmShare, our Community Supported Agriculture program. Our meats and eggs are marketed on farm and at the Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market. Our farm is committed to promoting sustainable agriculture through biodiversity and community education. We are in the process of getting the whole farm certified organic, and the entire acreage is protected as farmland forever via an agricultural easement. Our farm team consists of Annie and Zack, the farm owners, as well as Aaron, our Vegetable Production Manager. Annie is responsible for Marketing as well as Flower Production, and Zack is the lead on Livestock and Grain/Hay Production.

CRAFT Member Farm? Yes

Internship Starts: 4/1/20
Internship Ends: 11/15/20
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: open until filled
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months

Internship Details:

Laughing Earth is seeking an Assistant Livestock Manager for the 2020 season, April through November. The ideal candidate would possess at least one season of experience with a small-to-mid-scale pasture-based livestock operation, a strong attention to detail, and an ability to learn on their feet. The Assistant Livestock Manager’s duties would consist of seasonal and weekly planning, as well as planning and execution of pasture rotations for meat chickens, egg chickens, pigs, cattle, turkeys, and sheep. The daily feeding, watering, and maintenance of these animal populations would fall in their purview, as well as assisting with the poultry slaughter, inventory of meat products, and sales at the farmers’ market. This individual would spend a good deal of time setting up fencing and monitoring the health of the animals (code for: good outdoors time!).

Educational Opportunities: We try to provide training that builds on skills already mastered, moving from fundamental work with hand tools, to more complex work involving equipment. Communication and Evaluation: We meet with interns individually on a monthly basis for an exchange of concerns and ideas and to evaluate the intern's progress. This is also an ideal time for you to give us input as well. We strongly recommend that you share your goals and objectives with us, so that we can help make this a positive meaningful experience. Off Farm Educational Opportunity: We are a member of the Collaborative Regional Association for Farmer Training (CRAFT). This group is comprised of fourteen other organic or biodynamic farms in the Hudson and Pioneer Valley regions who work cooperatively to better educate farm interns. Through our participation in this effort we hope to give broader experience to interns than they can receive on their farm alone. We also hope to provide a peer base to help interns connect with others who share similar goals. At bi-weekly meetings, program interns are exposed to a broad range of techniques being used by successful small-scale organic farmers in the Northeast. We consider this an important component in the educational experience that we offer and provide paid time to attend these meetings.

Skills Desired: At least one season working with pastured pigs, chickens, turkeys, cattle, or any of the above.

Meals: Yes, crew lunch during the work week, and meat/eggs/veggies are an addition to the weekly pay.

Stipend: Yes

Housing: If needed

Preferred method of Contact: email