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Woodcrest Farm
5604 Dairyland Road
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Contact: Christine Green, Allan Green

Phone: 919-933-5105

Email: info@woodcrestfarmnc.com, allan@woodcrestfarmnc.com

Website: http://www.woodcrestfarmnc.com

Last Updated: 12-18-2018

General Description: Our farm is a small, multi-product farm near Chapel Hill in central North Carolina, USA. We raise and sell grass-fed beef, pork, poultry & eggs, organically-raised produce, and operate a small pet-milk dairy. In addition to farming profitably, we attempt to provide a real-life, educational opportunity for sustainable farming practices and rural culture and skills, like food preservation, sewing and needle crafts, and blacksmithing.

Internship Starts: 02-15-2019
Internship Ends: 12-15-2019
Number of Interns: 1
App Deadline: Until Filled
Minimum Length of Stay: 10 months

Meals: Meals are provided. Breakfast and lunch are self-service - everyone more or less fixes their own. Dinner is served family style. The menu is largely dictated by what we raise on the farm or economically obtain from the grocery stores. Cooking the evening meal rotates around among those willing and able to cook. Cleanup is a shared responsibility and everyone is required to contribute to the effort.

Skills Desired: Experience and skills required are specific to the internship. Produce/Gardening requires knowledge of organic gardening concepts, tillage equipment, seed-starting and transplanting, and plant care. Livestock and Poultry interns need to be familiar with livestock and poultry care, operation of tractors and field equipment, and be committed to humane and safe practices for their care. The Marketing intern needs to be creative, self-starting, experienced with office systems, websites, and be effective at networking and communications. All positions will benefit from general mechanical aptitude, and construction and tool use.

Educational Opportunities: This farm is a good place to learn organic gardening, dairying, cattle and pasture care, general construction, welding, blacksmithing, electrical work, and plumbing. Household crafts we teach and use include sewing, food preservation (canning, freezing, drying), cheese-making, and cooking. For those interested, we can also provide experience in information technology - website development tools, office systems, accounting, etc.

Stipend: Interns receive on-farm housing and meals. The dairy/livestock intern is also provided a stipend of $500/month. Merit raises are possible after 3 months, depending on experience and demonstrated skills. The Garden / produce intern's cash income comes from profit-sharing of the garden sales, which can exceed $500 / mo. We also encourage profit-sharing entrepreneurial activities - if our interns want to invest labor in an income-producing activity, we are generally interested in financing it.

Housing: We provide room and board, laundry and internet facilities, and essential transportation as needed. Female interns have a room in our farmhouse. Male interns are housed in the bunkhouse (furnished rooms in our barn). Interns are expected to keep their living area clean and orderly, participate in communal meals and clean-up, and be considerate of other guests and family members. We do not tolerate drug or alcohol abuse, or smoking on the farm.

Preferred method Of Contact: email

Internship Details: Our current opening is for a Produce/Garden intern. We offer 2 internships: Produce/Garden and Dairy/Livestock (Dairy, Poultry and Hogs) We try to allow as much autonomy as possible so interns have the experience of managing their own farming operation, including supervising volunteer staff as available. Responsibilities vary with the season and and our livestock population but general job descriptions are:
Dairy/Livestock intern:
Responsible for keeping our dairy cows, goats, and hogs healthy, productive, and humanely housed. Includes:
- Daily milking 5-7 times / week and weekends;
- schedule and assign staff for daily milking
- maintain herd health through clean food, water, grazing, housing, pathogen control
- scheduling production to meet customer demand, bottling and labeling dairy orders, maintaining hygiene in the dairy, keeping equipment operational, etc. As time permits, our Dairy intern is also involved with other livestock on the farm: - managing our poultry flocks and rabbits to keep them healthy, productive, and humanely housed
- incubate, hatch, or purchase and raise replacement hens so as to maintain flock size
- collects and packages eggs and manages the sale of eggs
- slaughter and prepare poultry and rabbits for market

Produce / Garden Internship
Gardening - We have two garden plots totaling about 1.5 acres. Our season runs from Feb. 15 through Dec. 15. In February, we begin filling our greenhouse with transplants for the gardens and hoop house. In March we begin the cycle of tilling, bedding, mulching, planting, weeding, weeding, pest control, harvesting, marketing, etc, which occupies us through August, when we begin pulling up and preparing for the next year. Compensation for the garden/produce internship is room & board plus profit sharing of the garden income. All Positions Our dairy is a large part of our farm income. We milk every day, 7 days/week, so everyone is involved in milking to one degree or another. Other miscellaneous jobs are construction and repair, hosting tours and events, and the constant maintenance work (cleaning, organizing, resupplying, etc) that goes on all the time. Candidates should understand that their primary compensation will be gaining experience working and managing a farm operation, and that it is not a 9-5 job. We live and work as a family / community where the welfare of our livestock, gardens, and customers take priority.


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