Contact informationFarm Address:
928 Donahoe Lane
Needmore, Pennsylvania, 17238
Primary Contact: Esther Siegel
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: The Licking Creek Bend Farm is a unique worker-run farm. Great opportunity to learn basics of raising sustainably-grown pesticide-free vegetables, fruit and Christmas trees in PA's Allegheny Mountains. 2-hours from Washington/Baltimore/Pittsburgh. Beautiful farm near C&O Canal in a valley - swimmable creek. Free WiFi. Close by biking, hiking, close to Appalachian Trail. Near Berkeley Springs, West Virginia and Bluegrass and folk festivals. Our 49-year philosophy-to sell healthily grown, pesticide-free food at affordable prices to farmers markets, co-ops, CSAs and universities in the DC/Baltimore area. Our farm practices are Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) which exceed USDA organic standards. FARMERS MARKETS AND CSAs Our staff run several farm markets and we offer a 150 family CSA including a a subsidized CSA for first responders and essential service providers impacted by the pandemic. Each staff person takes turns working at our farm markets and preparing the CSA shares. Philosophically, the farm supports a policy of growing food sustainably and pricing it affordably in mixed income neighborhoods since 1972. We now offer a Subsidy CSA program for first responders and essential service providers. Here are some articles and short videos about Licking Creek Bend Farm that might interest you: http://avodahblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/food-justice-on-tu-bishvat/ And here’s a short video about our farm and Christmas trees: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TsdjXunLt4 and one about our philosophy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCrTW9DXeIg&feature=em-upload_owner
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: Now!
Internship Ends: Thanksgiving, or longer
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: ASAP
Minimum Length of Stay: 2-month minimum
EXPECT TO LEARN:
All the basics of starting and running a pesticide-free farm including: starting seeds, greenhouse production, planting, fertilization, drip irrigation, high tunnel growing and cultivation and marketing. Also an opportunity to learn bee-keeping and cultivating pesticide-free mushrooms.
Those who want to get their feet wet learning the basics of growing healthy food will want to apply. We also want to strongly encourage those who are searching for roots in this industry; and who will approach this opportunity with a deep sense of purpose.
This experience can lead to careers in nutrition, food policy, and other related fields.
The staff makes decisions together so learning to work as a team is essential. And mostly to be serious about your time commitment. It is very hard to get staff mid-season, so we need folks early in the season who understand the rhythm of farming, love the earth and its gifts, can work in harmony as a staff and who are willing to stick to their commitment (barring unforeseen circumstances or the fit turns out not to be right!). We do our best to make the farm experience really rewarding and fun.
We have experienced long-term staff and welcome folks who want to learn farming without chemicals. Staff needs to be in touch with the rhythm of farming, and as a staff learn what needs to be done, determine how the work will get done, talk about how to improve the process and provide input in all aspects of the farm operation.
Educational Opportunities: We have found that many of our former staff have gone on to careers in related food/food justice, nutrition, legal and food policy careers.
Skills Desired: in good physical condition have a valid driver's license enjoy working outdoors understand that farming isn't a 9-5-type job, it's a get the work done job, but we are WORKER RUN so the team figures out the best way to accomplish what needs to be done and want to learn chemical-free farming; it's hard but rewarding work.
Meals: All the food is from the farm; staff enjoy cooking together, eating together. Some meals are at your own time. We provide essential extras not grown on the farm.
Stipend: We offer a salary, even for interns because we believe everyone should be compensated for their work, even if they are just learning. We discuss with each applicant depending on time commitment.
Housing: We provide room and board - either in the main house or in one of the cabins.
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