Contact informationFarm Address:
22263 Anderson Hollow Rd
Hustontown, Pennsylvania , 17229
Primary Contact: Jennifer Glenister
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: New Morning Farm was founded in the mountains of south central Pennsylvania in 1972. The farmers and apprentices have been creating and refining our crops and systems of growing and marketing for 47 years. We attend four farmer’s markets a week, grow around 25 acres of certified organic vegetables, and manage a flock of 400 laying hens with about 18 farm employees. Our production goal is to grow a variety of high quality organic produce, reliably week after week, in sufficient quantity to meet the demand at our retail and wholesale markets. Our systems are now well established, though always undergoing improvement. Production practices that allow us to succeed reliably include season extension, succession plantings, and more, all built on a foundation of soil health.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: April or early May 2020
Internship Ends: Thanksgiving 2020
Number of Internship Available: 4
Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
Minimum Length of Stay: full season
The farm is tucked in a hollow in the mountains of South Central Pennsylvania. We enjoy a beautiful remote, rural setting for growing produce, while staying connected to the city through our markets. This location limits apprentices ability to participate in off farm social activities and life during the height of the growing season(June-September). We prioritize creating a community and providing society for each other with weekly potlucks, a trip to the lake, and other group activities based on interests. We love good food, and center many of our gatherings around potluck style feasts. We all live and work together, you co-workers will also be your housemates.
Our apprentices spend considerable time on jobs such as planting, transplanting, pest and weed control, harvesting, packing, and selling our produce at our farmers markets in Washington, D.C. However, their primary role is assisting in management of crops, equipment and marketing. Each spring we sit down as a group to divide up the tasks and crops(click to read!). Every apprentice manages from one to six of our 30+ crops, and becomes responsible for monitoring the crop’s progress in the field, and the harvesting, storage, and marketing of the crop–see these guidelines for crop managers(click to read!). Each apprentice also takes on other aspects of managing the farm, such as a managing the greenhouse, running a weekly market and/or monitoring irrigation. We believe in learning by doing, but there are built-in systems and oversight to make sure that everything is running as smoothly as possible. Besides on-the-job training, we take time for discussions and seminars on topics of interest to apprentices. Our crew normally makes several visits to other nearby farms for learning purposes.
We expect apprentices to learn our systems while constantly practicing excellent communication, keeping a great pace, and exercising time management for yourself and others. We will train apprentices for their crop and job responsibilities, and we expect apprentices will take ownership of their crops and jobs with guidance and support.
Educational Opportunities: We will train apprentices for their crop and job responsibilities, and we expect apprentices will take ownership of their crops and jobs with guidance and support. We strive to provide weekly seminar discussion on the thinking and principles behind what we practice. From soil health, to farm history, to marketing and business management. Seminars are a great way to learn about the larger picture of running a farm. We also tour neighboring farms in the later fall to learn and share ideas.
Skills Desired: We are looking for people who are organized, curious, personable, fun, and very motivated. Apprentices should be able to work hard and fast in all weather, do heavy lifting, repetitive grasping, standing, bending, and lots of walking. Although we keep the work varied, farming is inherently challenging physically, mentally, and emotionally. Ideal candidates are committed to the farming lifestyle and all that it entails. We require a valid drivers license. A prior season of farm experience is preferred, but not a requirement. Successful candidates usually have experience with some type of outdoor labor and/or a strong athletic background.
Meals: Groceries are paid for by the farm. Meals are shared on a voluntary basis.
Stipend: We provide all-inclusive room and board, which includes rent and utility free housing (except for wifi internet service) in shared housing in one of five nearby houses we rent or own, or in one of three private, one-person cabins with shared cooking and bathroom facilities, plus groceries and all the fresh produce you can eat, along with $1000/mo. minimum salary (experienced people start higher). To encourage longer-term commitment to the farm, returning apprentices enjoy a raise each year, and a month's paid (winter) vacation, along with increasing responsibilities and improved housing.
Housing: Yes we provide private bedrooms and shared kitchen/bathroom. All utilities are paid except wi-fi which is shared by the household. Expect to have 1-2 housemates.
Preferred method of Contact: email