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Georges Mill Farm Artisan Cheese
11861 Georges Mill Rd
Lovettsville, VA 20180
Contact: Molly Kroiz
Last Updated: 12-08-2016
General Description: We are a small farmstead goat dairy in beautiful Loudoun County, Virginia- about 60 miles from Washington DC. We milk 25 goats and make 8 varieties of cheese, as well as goat's milk caramel and goat's milk soaps, all of which we sell at farmers markets, to local restaurants and retail outlets, at our farm store, and through a CSA program. Our goats rotationally graze and browse about 15 acres of our 150 acre farm, which has been in the family since the 1750's. We operate seasonally, milking and making cheese from March through December. We also have a small flock of laying hens and raise a few heritage breed hogs that we feed whey and rotate on pasture. We are committed to producing exceptional artisanal products and believe strongly that great cheese comes from great milk. We focus on maintaining the health of our animals using natural and herbal remedies, and managing pasture and browse to maximize nutrition and highlight the unique flavors of our land.
Internship Starts: 3-20-2017
Internship Ends: 12-20-2017
Number of Interns: 1
App Deadline: until filled
Minimum Length of Stay: full season only
Meals: Meals are not provided. You will have access to milk, cheese & eggs from the farm as well as space for a garden and veggies from another local farm. Occasional communal meals.
Skills Desired: Experience on a farm, cheesemaking, or working with animals is preferred but not a requirement. We are a small farm- you will be working closely with us, as well as on your own so ability to follow directions and work independently is important. Reliability, positive attitude, good customer service skills, and attention to detail are very important to us.
Educational Opportunities: There will be lots of opportunities to learn during daily work on the farm, we are happy to share our experience and knowledge. Skills you will learn on the farm side will include: help with birthing, basic goat health management and care, milking and proper milk storage, rotational grazing management, and feeding and care of pastured heritage hogs and chickens. Cheesemaking skills you will develop include: the making and affinage of a variety of types of cheese, as well as goats milk caramel and goats milk soaps, basic food safety and food processing principles and procedures. We also participate in Chesapeake CRAFT through which you will be able to visit other farms in the area and meet other farmers & interns.
Housing: Housing in a 28' camper trailer included
Preferred method Of Contact: email or phone
Internship Details: Duties will include milking goats, moving fencing, helping with cheesemaking, working at farmers markets, feeding pigs and chickens, washing eggs, and other miscellaneous farm work. Our work is varied- on the farm you will be lifting heavy things, getting dirty, and working closely with animals, while in the creamery you will be making cheese, paying close attention to cleanliness, and packaging product for market.