Sylvester Manor Educational Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
80 North Ferry Road
PO Box 2029
Shelter Island, New York , 11964

Primary Contact: Tracy McCarthy
Primary Phone:
    Type:
Office
    Number: 6317490626
    Email: tmccarthy@sylvestermanor.org

Website: www.sylvestermanor.org

Internship information
General Farm Description: About Sylvester Manor Educational Farm This historic landscape was inhabited and managed by indigenous people for millennia; the site of the educational farm has been continually cultivated for a thousand years. Since 1652, Sylvester Manor Educational Farm on Shelter Island has been home to eleven generations of its original European settler family and is now considered to be the most intact plantation remnant north of Virginia. In 2009, the property, with its 1735 Manor House, 240 acres of woodland, waterfront, meadows and farmland, became a non-profit. In its latest reincarnation, it encompasses an organic educational farm that provides the community with fresh produce, a Summer Youth Program and numerous arts and cultural initiatives. The Manor House, still full of family history, artifacts and possessions, is open on a seasonal basis for tours and exhibition, while its grounds and gardens provide a tranquil respite for visitors April through October. The existing farm was started by Bennett Konesni, Co-Founder of Sylvester Manor, over 10 years ago and has emerged as a model of educational and community farming; a place that is committed to fulfilling his vision of making life more joyful and fair. The mission of Sylvester Manor Educational Farm is to preserve, cultivate and share the history of Sylvester Manor to ensure that food and art remain connected to community and the land.

CRAFT Member Farm? Yes

Internship Starts: April 1, 2020
Internship Ends: November 1, 2020
Number of Internship Available: 4
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020
Minimum Length of Stay: 7 months

Internship Details:

We are now accepting applications for farm apprentices for the 2020 farm season. Apprentices will gain experience in all aspects of vegetable production and a laying hen operation. Other livestock opportunities may be arranged based on interest and experience level. Our farm operation currently consists of 3 acres of vegetables, 100+ laying hens and 5-10 pigs. The produce from our farm feeds 120 CSA families, stocks our farmstand and is wholesaled to local restaurants. Our eggs and pork are also sold at the farmstand alongside other locally-sourced products. Each year, we sign the NOFA Farmer’s Pledge to produce healthy food using environmentally responsible and humane practices while providing fair working conditions and wages.

Apprenticeships run from April 1st through November 1st. A full-season commitment is required. Preference is given to folks with 1-2 seasons of hands-on farm experience.

Farm tasks include, but are not limited to:
Greenhouse seeding
Field seeding/transplanting
Helping with the CSA distribution and farmstand sales
Setting up and running irrigation
Weeding and cultivation
Harvesting produce
Washing and packing produce
Farmstand sales and operations
Leading WWOOFers and other farm volunteers in field tasks
Animal chores
Helping with various activities of the non-profit, including concerts and fundraising events

Applicants must be self-motivated with strong communication skills and demonstrated leadership abilities. A positive attitude and willingness to work and live well with others is a must. Must be able to lift 50lbs.

In the beginning of the season, the 40-hour work week is Monday-Friday, shifting to Tuesday-Saturday in June through the end of the season. Additional weekend duties will rotate amongst all full-season crew.

Pay is hourly. Housing is provided as well as access to vegetables plus a weekly food stipend.

Most of the learning will be hands-on and/or self-directed. There will also be some organized educational opportunities both on-farm and in conjunction with other local/regional farms, including a grass-fed beef operation that is currently leasing a portion of our property.

Apprentices and WWOOFers (up to a total of 7) are housed in the historic Manor House with options available for tenting. Bedrooms are shared (2 or 3 per room). Toilets, electric and wifi are available at the house while a modern kitchen, laundry and shower facility is a short walk away. Meals are eaten together, and cooking and cleaning responsibilities are shared. A comfort level with a communal living environment is essential.

Active participation in community events as well as Manor-sponsored cultural events is strongly encouraged. Concerts, worksongs, contradance, youth educational programs and fundraiser benefits are a few of the activities apprentices will be involved with.


Educational Opportunities: Most of the learning will be hands-on and/or self-directed. There will also be some organized educational opportunities both on-farm and in conjunction with other local/regional farms, including a grass-fed beef operation that is currently leasing a portion of our property.

Skills Desired: Preference is given to folks with 1-2 seasons of hands-on farm experience. Applicants must be self-motivated with strong communication skills and demonstrated leadership abilities. A positive attitude and willingness to work and live well with others is a must. Must be able to lift 50lbs.

Meals: A weekly food stipend is provided

Stipend: Yes, hourly pay plus a weekly food stipend and access to vegetables

Housing: Yes. Apprentices and WWOOFers (up to a total of 7) are housed in the historic Manor House with options available for tenting. Bedrooms are shared (2 or 3 per room). Toilets, electric and wifi are available at the house while a modern kitchen, laundry and shower facility is a short walk away. Meals are eaten together, and cooking and cleaning responsibilities are shared. A comfort level with a communal living environment is essential.

Preferred method of Contact: Email