Contact informationFarm Address:
15120 Planck Lane
Purcellville, Virginia , 20132
Primary Contact: Robert Schubert
Secondary Contact: Amy Page
Number: (202) 487-6493
Number: (616) 990-4114
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Located in Loudoun County, Virginia's burgeoning winery and brewery scene, Lydia's Fields cultivates a variety of scrumptious heirloom tomatoes, hakurei turnips, arugula, lettuce, herbs, kale, peppers, and many other vegetables, and figs using sustainable practices on 10 acres of land.
CRAFT Member Farm? Yes
Internship Starts: Rolling basis beginning on April 1, 2021
Internship Ends: The 2021 season will end in the middle of November 2021.
Number of Internship Available: Two (2)
Application Deadline: Rolling deadline
Minimum Length of Stay: Eight (8) months, starting on April 1, 2021
We are seeking one or two Farm Workers (i.e., not interns) to help sow seeds, transplant, weed, prep planting beds and fields, harvest, wash, pack, and market a wide range of vegetables and multiple varieties of figs at Washington D.C.-area farmers markets, a May-November CSA program, and restaurants.
You also will gradually take on more responsibilities as you grow into the position. Applicants will work from 35 to 40 hours per week and must stay for the entire 2021 growing season, which runs from April 1 through early November 2021. A commitment for the entire growing season is required. Compensation includes $10/hour (and increases to $12 per hour, depending on performance) AND comfortable accommodations in a new, spacious, and gorgeous barn apartment (includes Internet, dishwasher and clothes washer/dryer) FREE of charge (i.e., no rent). The free housing accommodations are equivalent to about $1,500 in monthly rent in Loudoun County.
We will not hire couples and can’t accept pets.
A high school degree is required; however, a college degree or attending college is preferred. NOTE: At least one year of previous vegetable farming experience is required. We look for quality and speed in work here at Lydia’s Fields. If you are curious, hardworking, detail-oriented, observant (i.e., notice how things might have changed from one day to the next), tolerant, friendly, able to take and follow directions, a self-starter (i.e., don’t need a lot of hand-holding) and dedicated, email a cover letter, resume and at least one reference to Robert Schubert (Farm Owner) and Amy Page (Farm Manager).
Educational Opportunities: Working at Lydia's Fields provides the opportunity to learn about neighboring flower, vegetable, fruit, and livestock farms.
Skills Desired: Yes, we require at least one (1) year of previous vegetable farming experience. You must demonstrate a strong work ethic and able to do more than the immediate task at hand. For example, if you're instructed to execute a task, but you see a tool that could be picked up on your way back to the barn, then take it upon yourself to do so. Speed will come after mastering quality. No sitting down when weeding or using one hand to pull weeds. We will not consider or hire couples and can't accept pets.
Meals: No, but we do have plenty of vegetables.
Stipend: This is not a stipend but rather a wage of $10 per hour (not including the free housing) and, depending on performance, quickly rising to $12 per hour. No couples and no pets.
Housing: Yes -- comfortable accommodations in a new, spacious, and gorgeous barn apartment (includes Internet, dishwasher and clothes washer and dryer) FREE of charge (i.e., no rent)
Preferred method of Contact: E-mail