Contact informationFarm Address:
1776 Loughborough Lane
Upperville, Virginia, 20184
Primary Contact: Stephanie Murdaugh
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: The 700-acre Oak Spring estate is located in Upperville, VA - which is nestled in the Virginia Piedmont, between the Blue Ridge and Bull Run mountains. The foundation’s mission is to support fresh thinking and bold action on the history and future of plants, including the culture of gardens, and landscapes and the importance of plants for human well-being. Our Biocultural Conservation Farm (BCCF) plays an important role in fulfilling this mission. Established in spring of 2019, the BCCF’s current objectives are rooted in food production, conservation and education.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: January 2022
Internship Ends: December 2022
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: December 15, 2021 or until filled
Minimum Length of Stay: 12 months
Oak Spring Garden Foundation is now accepting applications for two full-time seasonal farm apprentices to work on our Biocultural Conservation Farm. These positions will begin early January 2022 and will go until December 2022. The selected individuals will work at the Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s Biocultural Conservation Farm (BCCF) to assist with the production of vegetables to be used on site and to be donated to local food banks. In addition to working on the BCCF, both positions will work with our Arboricultural, Conservation and Landscape team for the months of January and February to assist with fruit tree pruning and invasive species management. These positions are ideally suited to recent college graduates (not required) with a passion for food, farming, plants and landscapes who are looking to gain hands-on experience with small-scale, ecological farming practices.
Educational Opportunities: no
Skills Desired: PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS ● Demonstrated interest and passion for food and farming. Experience working on a farm/university farm/market garden/etc. is a plus, but not required. ● Ability to meet physical requirements of working outside, in varied weather conditions (including extreme heat and cold) in a working farm setting. ● Ability to do repetitive tasks for long periods of time (e.g., weeding) ● Ability to work quickly, efficiently and thoroughly in every assigned task. ● Ability to work independently and also as part of a team. ● Excellent time-management, communication and organizational skills. ● Dependable and collaborative team player. ● Ability and willingness to operate machinery. ● Must have physical stamina to participate in rigorous outdoor activities. ● Ability to exhibit safe and responsible conduct in outdoor environments. ● Willingness to adhere closely to COVID-19 working practices, and must be willing to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. ● Ability to lift at least 50 pounds. ● Must have a Driver’s License and a vehicle
Stipend: $16 hourly
Preferred method of Contact: email