Contact informationFarm Address:
9627 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, Virginia , 22182
Primary Contact: Hana
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: We grow vegetables, herbs and cut flowers on two farms. We've been in business for over 50 years and intend to continue to grow and succeed. The Loudoun County (Purcellville) branch of Potomac Vegetable Farms is 45 miles NW of Washington, DC. The Fairfax County farm (Vienna) is 20 miles NW of Washington DC in the Northern Virginia suburbs. In 2020, the combined acreage we will grow is 15 acres of produce, using organic farming methods. We also grow about another 12 in cover crops. We are not certified organic, preferring the term "ecoganic" to market our produce. We are committed to providing nutritious and delicious food to our customers new and old, while being environmentally friendly neighbors. "
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 7/15/20
Internship Ends: 10/31/2019
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: "Accepting applications now, open until full"
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months
“Hiring full time, hourly workers (not apprentices) for both farms. Commuters can be part or full time workers, working as little as two days a week and as much as five days a week. Starting wage is $8 per hour for new workers. Workers can expect to work in the field, go to farmers markets several times a month, help with CSA distribution and do a lot of vegetable washing. As needed, workers will travel between the two farms so that the crews are appropriately distributed for harvesting, CSA distribution, and big field tasks.
Hours vary throughout the season. March-May hours are 30 – 40 hours per week, June-July are 40 – 50 per week, August and September can be nearly 60 per week, Oct and Nov are 35-45 per week. Most days are 8-9 hours long except for Saturday market days (which are longer). In Vienna, most people end the day around 3 PM. On rainy days when there is no harvesting, we work a shorter day. Loudoun workers will have 2 days off per week. We are very humane bosses and are flexible about scheduling time off, with warning. Vienna workers usually work 4 days/week.
On the Loudoun farm, we have one hybrid position: Early Childhood Educator/Farm Worker. 25 hours childcare (2 – 5 year olds) and 15 hours farm work. We are looking for someone who wants to practice holistic ways of living and teaching in a farm-based community that centers children in a vision for a more loving, equitable, regenerative future. For more information, contact Julia@potomacvegetablefarms.com.
Educational Opportunities: "This is a successful farm business with 50+ years of growing and selling direct market produce in Northern Virginia, so you will learn just by being here. We enjoy teaching as we work so you understand what we're doing, but we don't let it slow us down. We have short morning and afternoon meetings to discuss the work list and explain why we are doing what we are doing. When we discover what aptitudes and interests there are in the group, each person will learn to be proficient at some specific task so they can take responsibility for it over the season(irrigation, pest control, CSA distribution, greenhouse, market management, yield records, etc.) Once you have learned a skill, you will be working unsupervised. It takes a full two seasons to become truly proficient in most farm tasks, but everyone can be useful if they are self-motivated and hard working and attentive."
Skills Desired: "Experience in farming is not necessary. Experience doing physical labor is helpful -- working in a restaurant or bakery could produce relevant skill sets. Good attitude and drive, people skills and commitment to doing good work a must (even if it's blistering hot or a soaking rain wet). We also appreciate a desire and patience for community living, as you will be working and living with the same folks throughout the season, if you are on the farm in Loudoun County. On the Loudoun farm, we spend time together building community on a regular basis. We are looking for one person who is interested in carpentry as we have many projects underway. This person would be a regular worker in the fields, with opportunities to help build farm structures as needed."
Meals: "All meals are on your own. Everyone has access to vegetables -- we like to eat what we grow! We will have one community potluck lunch a week at each farm and Tuesday lunch in Loudoun which is prepared by a different team each time." Memberships available for co-op pantry in Loudoun.
Stipend: We pay by the hour. $8.00 is starting wage (with no experience). Pay rate increases with experience.
Housing: "On the Loudoun farm, there are private sheds with communal kitchen and access to internet and laundry. Minimal rent is charged. There is also space in a house on the farm with normal utilities and slightly higher rent. On the Vienna farm there is no housing and all workers commute, with flexible hours to accommodate traffic avoidance."
Preferred method of Contact: E-mail only