Contact informationFarm Address:
52 Winter Hill Rd
30a Eagle Rock Rd
Ghent, New York, 12075
Primary Contact: Elizabeth Galeucia
Secondary Contact: Emerson Martin
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Woven Stars Farm in located in the beautiful Hudson Valley, NY. We practice Biodynamic and Organic agriculture with all aspects of our farm. We are located 7 minutes from Hawthorne Valley Farm which is a hub for biodynamic learning, conferences and groups. We are 15 minutes from Hudson NY, 2 hours north from NYC and 25 Minutes to the Massachusetts' Berkshires. Our farm consists of 96 acres in mostly pasture which includes a 7 acre pond. Half of the land is currently in agricultural use. We raise pastured sheep, goats, laying chickens, meat chickens, pigs, ducks and a few cows. All of our animals are grazed using management-intensive grazing techniques. We do multi-species grazing in which all of our ruminants are grazed in the same herd/flock. Pigs, chickens and other poultry are grazed separately. We also have 2 livestock guardian dogs which live with either our ruminant herd or laying chicken flock. We raise 30 honey bee hives around Columbia County. All of the bees we raise are treatment-free, meaning we use not harmful miticides to treat for the varroa mite. We raise bees in accordance with the biodynamic calendar. Bees are important to us for mainly their benefit as pollinators. We have a small scale nursery business in which we grow native perennial plants. Some of those plants will be planted around the farm for future livestock silvopasture and for human use. We have a small kitchen garden located on the farm in which we grow the bulk of our produce during the summer months. Our certified organic mushrooms are cultivated on another property 5 minutes down the road. We cultivate our mushrooms indoor in a large, dutch style barn. We also lease the surrounding 15 wooded acres. We grow mainly oyster mushrooms but also cultivate shiitake and lions mane mushrooms. Woven Stars Farm is run by two young farmers, Elizabeth Galeucia and Emerson Martin. Elizabeth has a B.A in Animal Science and has worked as a veterinary technician, at other livestock farms and as a small-ruminant consultant before starting her own farm. Emerson Martin has a B.A in Environmental Design with a minor in Horticulture. He has worked designing and implementing farms scale permaculture solutions. He also cares for all of the bees on Woven Stars farm and runs a bee husbandry and educational business. Emerson also grew up on a raw goat micro-dairy and vegetable farm in the Berkshires.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: June 1 2019
Internship Ends: October 20 2019
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: Rolling
Minimum Length of Stay: Flexible
*Biodynamic Livestock/Mushroom Internship* Woven Stars Farm is looking to add 1-2 interns to their 2019 growing season. Intern duties include, but are not limited to morning and night livestock checks, feeding and egg collection. Assistance in moving livestock (Sheep, goats, cattle, pigs, chickens, ducks) to new pasture through rotational grazing techniques. Washing and packaging eggs. Help inoculating mushrooms. Mushroom harvest, packaging and organizing. Assistance in caring for perennial plant nursery which includes watering, weeding and mulching. Help in tending the garden.
Internship days are during the week and are flexible depending on your time commitment and availability
Educational Opportunities: We provide education in many aspects around farming. For livestock we will teach you about health, grazing and husbandry. For mushrooms we will teach you how to cultivate different species of mushrooms using different techniques. We also will be growing out mushroom cultures in a laboratory setting. For perennial tree care we will teach you about different species of trees, how to cultivate them including grafting and care. Also their value environmentally as well as crop producing. We will also teach you carpentry skills and tool safety. Our goals are to promote learning and work in a harmonious, respectful work environment. We will teach you our farming techniques, biodynamics and answer all your farming related questions. You'll be invited to different events on the farm like our end of CSA celebration
Skills Desired: Interns should have the desire to learn, ability to communicate, flexibility, and a good sense of humor. No prior farming experience is necessary, but it is very helpful. You should have your own car and a driver's license. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. The start and ending date of the internship is flexible! No experience is necessary but we do value a good work ethic and passion for sustainable agriculture.
Meals: You will have access to the vegetables produced in the garden, mushrooms, and eggs and meat when available.
Stipend: We offer food in exchange for time commitment length which includes veggies, mushrooms, eggs + meats.
Preferred method of Contact: Email