Contact informationFarm Address:
11673 Harpers Ferry Rd
Hillsboro, Virginia, 20132-1944
Primary Contact: James Misencik
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Mountain View Farm is a tenant owned, for-profit, mixed-enterprise small farm that is part of the non-profit 900-acre Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship (BRCES). BRCES plays no role in the farm but does attract numerous visitors to its miles of hiking trails and its farmhouse AirBNB. Mountain View has been operating since the 1800s and has undergone various agricultural transitions during this time. As of the 2021 season, I am reorganizing the farm away from the tractor-cultivated vegetable production that has characterized it over the past 15 years to a more regenerative-style of agriculture. Current enterprises include a market garden built from heavy-compost no-till permanent beds, pasture-raised broiler chickens, and pasture-raised eggs. Major goals for the 2022 season include expanding the market garden, improving on-farm infrastructure, and adding a few head of cattle and sheep.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: As early as April 1, 2022
Internship Ends: November 2022 or later
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: Open until filled.
Minimum Length of Stay: 7 months/full season desired
Mountain View is looking for positive, action-oriented people who enjoy having fun while working in a team environment. Good communication, reliability, and organizational skills are important, as is a willingness and ability to learn new tasks relatively quickly. Questions and ideas are encouraged.
Work will be roughly 40hrs/week, with a 5 1/2 day work week. The most important tasks occur in the morning and you will have a longer break midday. Most of your tasks will be market garden oriented and you will have latitude to explore the best processes for cultivation, harvest, and sales. You will also participate in daily egg collection and sales. Broiler processing will occur as a group on weekends, approximately once a month or less. Additional daily tasks include feeding and moving chickens to new pasture as well as stocking and monitoring the self-serve farm stand. On-farm sales will continue to improve as the primary source of revenue. Additionally, as a guest vendor, Mountain View will participate in at least six weekend markets at the Western Loudoun Farmers’ Market in Purcellville, Va. The feasibility of beginning a winter CSA in the fall of 2022 is also being explored.
In addition to the monthly stipend, you will receive a share of the sales revenue. The revenue share will be determined as part of the interview process and is based on your particular skills and interest. Although a vehicle for personal use is not required, it would be beneficial. Ideally, the two positions would be filled together by friends who have worked together with success in some smaller or greater capacity.
To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
Educational Opportunities: There are no formal educational opportunities and applicants should treat this as a farmhand job or apprenticeship. Nonetheless, western Loudoun county has a strong small farm community with numerous opportunities to learn from friends on other farms and through social events. Mountain View Farm is also situated on the 900-acre Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship nature preserve. The Blue Ridge Center hosts occasional events, such as astronomy, and has a few other groups that do things such as maintain the trails and monitor the blue bird boxes. Mountain View Farm is also situated just south of historical Harpers Ferry and abuts National Forest Service property and the Appalachian Trail.
Skills Desired: A sense of adventure, a desire to learn, and an ability to have fun while remaining grounded are all desired qualities. Although preferred, no specific agricultural experience is necessary. But the applicants should be familiar with the outdoors and able to react appropriately to unfamiliar situations. At a minimum, the applicants need to be prepared to participate in building and cultivating no-till compost beds, raising and processing pastured broilers, and running the pastured layer hens. There are also opportunities in areas such as carpentry as I continue to reorganize and rebuild the farm. Plenty of opportunity to pursue any particular interests or skills.
Meals: Anything produced on the farm, such as vegetables, eggs, and chicken, will be provided. Ideally, meals would be coordinated collectively, but not required.
Stipend: $1,000/month, opportunity for revenue-sharing, private room in shared house, utilities to include internet, farm food.
Housing: There is a guest bedroom and loft in the smaller modern home where I have the master bedroom. Each the guest bed and loft can accommodate one person, the remainder of the house is shared, including the full size basement. Please make a note when you apply if you'd like to see pictures.
Preferred method of Contact: Email