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Sang Lee Farms, Inc.

Contact information
Farm Address:
25180 County Road 48
25180 County Road 48
Peconic, New York , 11958

Primary Contact: Lucy Senesac
Primary Phone:
    Type:
Office
    Number: 6317347001
    Email: lucy@sangleefarms.com

Website: www.sangleefarms.com

Internship information
General Farm Description: Our farm is an 80 acre organic farm on the North Fork of Long Island. We grow hundreds of different varieties of vegetables and we sell only direct to consumer via CSA, farmer's markets, and at our large bustling retail market on site. We have a certified organic kitchen which we make all value added items with our produce. We farm year round using unheated greenhouses and sell through a winter farmer's market. We are looking for enthusiastic and hardworking candidates for the 2020 season to work in our fields, at the farmstand and markets, and in our kitchen. We are passionate about farming organically because we believe in caring for the soil, the land, and our future generations.

CRAFT Member Farm? Yes

Internship Starts: Mid April or Mid May
Internship Ends: October or November
Number of Internship Available: 6
Application Deadline: April 1st - April 15th
Minimum Length of Stay: 4 months

Internship Details:

FARM FIELD APPRENTICE / FIELD HAND

Looking for hard working field staff to assist in the 2020 season that are passionate about learning what goes into growing their food. You do not need experience on a farm (though it is great if you do!), but you must be willing to work hard, get dirty, and learn by experience. It is just as important for us to make sure this work suits you as it is for you to make sure this is the right farm for you. We like to do a phone interview followed by an in person or skype interview. This all takes place between January and April. When you are hired, we will send you a handbook that you must sign off that you have read and agree to before your start date.

All Sang Lee Farms employees experience farming through hands-on learning on our diversified certified organic farm. Your roles will vary throughout the season but will primarily focus on the planting, maintenance and harvest of the “fruiting” crops such as tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, fall squash, watermelons, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and more. You will observe and interact with other areas of the farm as well from time to time, but this is your primary area. You will be involved with preparing for our CSA program shares early in the week (harvest, sort, weigh, package, count, and load) and similarly you will be involved with preparing for the farmer’s markets on Thursday and Fridays.

The Farm’s focus is both production and education. All apprentices work closely with the farm team to learn the daily rhythms in the various parts of the farm and participate in discussions with the farmers. Additional learning opportunities are available through the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) .

DESIRED SKILLS

Pep in your step

We work at a fast pace here and we work efficiently to complete tasks. We find everyone works best together when there is a set pace that everyone can keep up with. For instance, when we are weeding, we are working together to accomplish the days tasks so we can move on to the next important tasks.

Follow direction with positive attitude

We strive to communicate clearly when giving employees directions. We ask that you respect our systems and approach each task with an open mind. We think that “clear is kind, unclear is unkind”. When we are clear with you, you know what we expect.

Take initiative outside of work

While we will certainly explain the day’s tasks and why we are performing them, we like our apprentices to take initiative in their own learning, and go home after the day to read about our learn about some things that they might be curious about, eg. basic plant botany. Our field supervisors and managers are passionate about plants, so feel free to ask questions.

Staying power

We love our staff to have had other experiences so they know how much work there is to farming! It is very gratifying work, but it requires a heartiness and a work ethic.

Works well as a team, and with diverse crew

to create an environment that is free of all intolerance, we require all employees to be responsible for their words, actions & attitudes.

Punctual & prompt:

Since we all work as a team, it is important that you are someone who can consistently arrive on time to work. This means, arrive early, get your gear on and together, and then punch in when everyone else punches in. This ensures that we can all give direction and get started together.

AVAILABLE POSITIONS

We are looking to fill the following positions throughout the growing season:

45 hours / week (April – November)

45 hours / week (May – October)

25 hours / week (May – October)

40 hours / week (June – September)

40 hours / week (June – September)

25 hours / week (June – September)

25 hours / week (June – September)

All positions are Monday – Friday as weekends we are at markets and Sundays everyone is off. Some days we might stay past 5pm, but mostly the schedule is from 8am-5pm with 1 hour mandatory unpaid lunch.

HOUSING

We do not offer housing as a part of the apprenticeship, but we do have a few rooms available for single people given that it is a good fit with the current other tenant. We do have some options that we can refer you to, but it is ultimately your responsibility to find a place to live, and figure out how to get to work each day.

FUTURE MENTORSHIP

For the right candidate, we are willing to offer a multi-season opportunity for you to rotate through the different areas of the farm to gain experience across many dimensions. Since we have a farm kitchen, bustling retail/markets & CSA program, there are many areas for you to learn before starting your own business.


Educational Opportunities: See description above. We coordinate with local CRAFT tours so you can see other farms and meet other apprentices on other farms.

Skills Desired: Preferably one season experience on the farm, but not essential.

Meals: No, but we provide veggies! Pick from staff stack or harvest your own from designated areas in the field.

Stipend: Yes, we pay employees by the hour, based on experience. Minimum wage is $13/hr on Long Island.

Housing: No, but it is an option to live in a house that another full time employee lives in. Singles only, no pets. Cost is $500/month.

Preferred method of Contact: email