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Swallowtail Farm
17603 nw 276th lane
Alachua, FL 32615

Contact: Noah Shitama, Joelle Wood

Phone: 352-327-1175
754-366-6411

Email: swallowtailcsa@gmail.com, noahkai@gmail.com

Website: http://www.swallowtailcsa.com

Last Updated: 01-02-2019

General Description: Swallowtail Farm is a young aspiring biodynamic farm entering its 11th season of growing. Each season, from October through June we raise food for 100-150-families in our Community Supported Agriculture program. We also work closely with Gainesville area chefs to distribute our food in local restaurants, and to collaborate for our Farm to Table dinners. Each season we host two big lovely festivals on the farm and invite the community to come experience diverse workshops, delicious food and drink, great music, art, and tour the farm. We also host many groups visiting the farm throughout the season, including two 3rd Grade classes that camp out at the farm, veterans, schoolchildren from local schools, and many others. The farm is situated on some of the most beautiful land in Florida, on rolling hills of fertile pasture and forest. The land entire is 30 acres, and we cultivate about 7 acres of vegetables, herbs, flowers, perennials and fruit. We also manage about 8 acres as pasture for our livestock. We tend a flock of 200-400 animal welfare approved laying hens that are rotated on pasture behind our dairy cows. We have a mixed herd of animal welfare approved grass-fed jersey & dexter cows for milk & meat. We have a flock of Katahdin /gulf coast sheep who act as the farms lawn mowers and are used for meat. We raise pigs for meat and rotate them through the forest regularly. Our long term goal is to cultivate the farm as a model of sustainable and appropriately-scaled agriculture and as a whole and self-sustaining organism, to make a positive contribution to our local food-shed, and to educate new & beginning farmers.

Internship Starts: ASAP
Internship Ends:
Number of Interns: 1
App Deadline: UNTIL FILLED
Minimum Length of Stay:

Meals: -Housing and utilities provided. You will have a private room plus access to a shared kitchen/living space and bathroom. -Prepared breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday -Staple foods provided to cook at your leisure -Vegetables, meat, dairy, and eggs provided from the farm -Household goods such as furniture, soap, sponges, detergent, well-equipped kitchen, etc. -Laundry facilities -Water and electric -Wireless -Trash and recycling -You will not need to purchase food unless you have specific dietary needs or wants -Housing costs are estimated to be valued at $9350.00 yearly.

Skills Desired: -Ideally, a strong desire to operate a farm of your own in the future -Valid drivers license and a good driving record -Capable of lifting large, heavy/bulky items up to 75 pounds -Adaptable to working outdoors in extreme weather conditions such as heat, humidity, and freezing temperatures -Love and respect for cows, people, and the planet -A strong desire to work with cows and dairy on a working farm -Willingness to teach and mentor others -Great attitude and patience -Open and clear communicator -Strong work ethic -Strong problem solving skills -Ability to multitask and learn new things quickly -Detail oriented, observant, and aware of surroundings -Respect for others unique personalities -Be comfortable working both in a team setting and alone -Accept critique, acknowledge mistakes and work to make ourselves better -Understand that this job entails a large degree of manual labor -Willing to live on the farm, housing is provided -Previous experience working with cows is not required but strongly preferred -Willingness to operate tractors and other farm equipment -Timeliness and professionalism -The ability to hustle -Any experience in tractor driving, livestock handling, chainsaw work, carpentry, record keeping, or any other relevant tasks are a plus! -Commitment to stay with the farm through September 2021 at minimum, preferably longer

Educational Opportunities: You will have the opportunity to learn how to operate a small grass-fed dairy on a working family farm. You will learn how to handle and move dairy cows, pasture rotations, machinery and tractor skills, milking by hand and with machine, cheese and yogurt making, marketing and selling products, maintaining a milking parlor and creamery, and much much more!

Stipend: -Start of employment through September 2019: $200 per month plus housing and benefits -October 2019-September 2020: $1200 per month plus housing and benefits -October 2020-September 2021:$1500 per month plus housing and benefits

Housing: -Housing and utilities provided. You will have a private room plus access to a shared kitchen/living space and bathroom. -Prepared breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday -Staple foods provided to cook at your leisure -Vegetables, meat, dairy, and eggs provided from the farm -Household goods such as furniture, soap, sponges, detergent, well-equipped kitchen, etc. -Laundry facilities -Water and electric -Wireless -Trash and recycling -You will not need to purchase food unless you have specific dietary needs or wants -Housing costs are estimated to be valued at $9350.00 yearly. We look forward to receiving and reviewing your application, and are thrilled that you are considering joining the Swallowtail Farm crew and family.

Preferred method Of Contact: Phone or e-mail

Internship Details: Dairy Apprentice/Assistant Dairy Manager We are looking for the right person to join our livestock team. Our new team member will be responsible for the daily care of our grass-fed dairy herd and creamery operation. When creamery demands aren't as high, you will have the opportunity to assist with the other animals and our vegetable team. Previous dairy experience is preferred but not required. This position will start as an apprenticeship during training and will then transition to a more independent role. We are looking for someone with a strong desire to work in dairy and stay with our farm long term. You will be responsible for the following things: Oversee Day-To-Day Herd Needs Assume responsibility for day-to-day coordination of all aspects of our dairy production. Responsibilities include: -Care taking and monitoring the health of our herd -Feeding and watering dairy herd -Animal husbandry(breeding management, birthing assistance, calf feeding, minor medical care, and animal assessment) -Milking once or twice a day depending on time of season -Monitoring pasture growth to judge paddock size, plan rotations -Maintaining a clean and sanitary milking parlor -Loading animals onto the livestock trailer -Unloading hay and feed deliveries when they come in -Fence repairs and maintenance -Record keeping -Maintain Animal Welfare Approved standards -There is always something to be cleaned, problem solved, or fixed. It is never boring Creamery Work Yogurt and cheesemaking will take place during the milking season. Responsibilities include: -Moving milk -Cleaning equipment -Record keeping -Yogurt making -Cheese making -Packaging -Packing products for markets -Maintain a clean, functional, and sanitary creamery space -Make sure all equipment and supplies are in stock Coordinate With Swallowtail Team Coordinate with the Swallowtail Farm crew about herd health, product availability/inventory, pasture movements, and more. Host Visitors On The Farm Host visitors at the farm for tours, farm-to-table dinners, workshops and events. Events are a team effort. Sharing Swallowtail Farm with visitors for a variety of events should be a welcome interaction. This is a small part of the position but an important part of what we do.


 

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