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Verdun's Meat Market and Cattle Farm
3378 Highway 1
Raceland, LA 70394

Contact: Anita Verdun

Phone: 985-537-6529

Email: neetie.v-3@live.com

Last Updated: 07-27-2010

General Description: Verdun's is a 95-year-old, fourth-generation farming business in Cajun Louisiana. We raise, slaughter, butcher, and sell all-natural, free-range pasture-fed and/or corn-fed beef, pork, goat, and lamb to our customers at our own retail shop. Apprentices and interns will learn everything about the business, from pasture to shop.

Internship Starts: October 2010
Internship Ends:
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: September 15, 2010
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 Months

Meals: Lunch and sometimes breakfast included on work days.

Skills Desired: Interns must be flexible, intelligent, friendly, and willing to follow direction. A strong belief in and desire to support sustainable agriculture will be highly valued. Interns must be able to lift at least 40 pounds. Any veterinary students or those with experience in agriculture are particularly welcome. Interns must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid driver's license. Non-smoker preferred.

Educational Opportunities: Nicholls State University is 20 minutes away. Tulane University in New Orleans is one hour away. Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge is 1.5 hours away. Interns will learn the business of running a farm and retail market from the inside out on site.

Stipend: Will discuss on a case by case basis.

Housing: Housing will be provided.

Preferred method Of Contact: telephone

Internship Details: Interns will expected to assist with and learn to perform all farm duties, including fence repair and hay making, as well as beef production activities like penning up cattle, slaughtering, and barn and facility maintenance. Interns will also learn how to run the various cutting and food preparation machines in the retail market, and how to cut and wrap meat for sale to the customer. All daily activity revolves around the needs of the business on any given day.


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