Blooming Glen Farm needs 2010 Interns

18 Nov

Location: Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Blooming Glen Farm is seeking three full time, full season interns from April 1st to mid-November for 2010. We are a diverse organic (non-certified) vegetable farm marketing to a 225 member CSA (all on farm pick-up), a weekly farmers market locally and in Philadelphia, and wholesale to local restaurants. We grow a large variety of field crops and utilize our 7 greenhouses for season extension of a variety of crops including grafted heirloom tomatoes. We are located in scenic Upper Bucks County, an hour from downtown Philadelphia. We are a young ambitious farm looking for enthusiastic hard workers with a sincere interest in sustainable and organic agriculture. You will be an integral part of our team, and gain hands on experience in all aspects of the farm from seed to harvest. We provide a stipend and housing in a beautifully restored farmhouse, as well as various educational opportunities.

As an intern you will experience many aspects of our commercial produce farm. Learning is achieved through experience. You will realize 10 hour days (hours may fluctuate with the season and the day!) seeding flats, bunching greens, sitting on the transplanter, thinning carrots, trellising tomatoes, amongst dozens of other tasks over the course of a full season on a farm. You will experience the excitement that occurs when things do not go as planned (as they almost never do in farming), as well as the satisfaction of the harvest of a crop you have been a part of nurturing and sweating over every step of the way. You will return home each night with a feeling of exhaustion and gratitude with all that occurred throughout the day. You will walk away from Blooming Glen Farm with the knowledge of whether farming is the life for you, and well on your way to acquiring the skills needed to start your own farm.

Following are examples of possible activities:

  • Field work: harvesting, transplanting, weeding, pruning, trellising, thinning, managing irrigation systems, pest control, and other tasks
  • Tractor work: cultivation
  • Pack-out operations: washing and sorting harvested crops, quality control, and packing/storage requirements of all crops
  • Greenhouse operations: seeding, potting-up, irrigation, pest control, fertility, as well as other tasks
  • Marketing and Sales operations: working with the CSA, Farmers market, and wholesale accounts

In addition to the hands-on education the following forms of compensation are offered:

  • Housing: in a large, beautifully restored farmhouse located on the farm. Interns have their own private apartment, with full kitchen, laundry, living space, 1 ½ baths, and individual bedrooms. All utilities are provided.
  • Stipend: $800 monthly stipend
  • Farm Grown Produce: food from Blooming Glen Farm is available to interns for their personal consumption.
  • Field trips: In order for you to get a broader look at the possibilities in sustainable agriculture, we will take you to visit some local farms.
  • Informal discussions and readings: We prefer to talk while we work (though we will also have weekly informal meetings)- hours spent weeding can be enhanced by discussions ranging from weed and pest control, irrigation, soil fertility, greenhouse operations, marketing strategies, and equipment, to bookkeeping and CSA start-up. We have a number of reference books and videos available for your use, as well as articles and publications we have collected over the years. We can tailor discussions and field trips to your specific interests.

Blooming Glen Farm is interested in providing a quality practical education through an apprenticing method. Interns will be given responsibilities that will enhance their ability to think like a farmer in addition to the opportunity to learn about growing produce commercially. Hours can be long at times, and the work can be very physically demanding. We are looking for candidates who are willing to work hard when required and enjoy the benefits of being a farmer.

As an intern at Blooming Glen Farm, on your days off, should you desire, you have the added advantage of being centrally located near a diversity of activities. The farm itself is situated in the rolling hills of northern Bucks County, surrounded by hundreds of acres of preserved farm land. It is minutes away from hiking and biking at scenic Lake Nockamixon and Peace Valley Park, 20 min. to the Delaware River and its canal trails and quaint river communities, or an hour to beautiful Delaware Water Gap and the Appalachian Trail. It’s also an hour to downtown Philadelphia and 2 hours to New York City, or just 15 min from historic Doylestown and its movie theater, museums and restaurants.

Finding a match between our farm and our interns is extremely important. We can still vividly remember what it was like to be interns ourselves, and we bring these past experiences to Blooming Glen Farm as we continue to develop our intern program and evolve as a farm. Without a symbiotic relationship between the farm and its interns, a drastic decrease in performance and overall satisfaction will occur on behalf of both parties. We try to give an accurate description of Blooming Glen Farm and present the internship responsibilities in a straightforward manner. We ask that you complete the application carefully, paying particular attention to what you would like to accomplish from an internship at Blooming Glen Farm. We will follow up with a phone call after we have reviewed your application and schedule an on-site visit. Hopefully this process will assist both of us in determining if our farm is the right place for you. Please call or email us if you have any questions.

Thank you for your interest in organic agriculture and in our farm.

To apply, please visit their website!

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