Maryland: Sligo Creek Farm seeks 2011 Farm Manager Interns

3 Nov
Sligo Creek Farm is located 45 minutes north of Washington, D.C. in Brookeville, Maryland (near the large suburb of Gaithersburg in Montgomery County). Sligo Creek grows certified organic fruits and vegetables on 3-12 acres of land owned by Our House, a residential youth home that serves young men ages 16-21. Three acres are in organic production, with an additional nine acres in transition. Sligo Creek and Our House work in partnership with each other, and Farm Manager interns have a major role in overseeing daily operations as well as working with youth in the gardens.  

Sligo Creek sells at three weekly farmers’  markets, to local restaurants and a health food store, and offers a CSA throughout the season. Interns play a vital role in the organization, coordination, and management of each. 

Responsibilities and tasks include:  

  • Supervision of youth in gardens.
  • Role of mentoring to implement essential job-readiness and life skills to youth.
  • Communicate with youth counselors the progress of the students.
  • Seasonal production planning, record keeping, planting, weeding, irrigating, pest management, harvesting, and post-harvesting sales and distribution.
  • Administrative work, such as tracking student hours.

Applicants should have some previous experience in farming, gardening, and/or working with at-risk young people. Some administrative experience is preferred, but not required. There are opportunities for professional development, such as attending local agriculture conferences and events. 

Internship positions are 40 hours per week. On-site housing in a cottage or farmhouse apartment is available and interns have access to produce and are welcome to eat meals with students and staff in the dormitory. Interns receive a bi-weekly stipend and paid vacation. Public transportation to Washington, D.C. and other areas is available within 2.5 miles of the farm.  

Please forward resume, cover letter, and three references to Edwin Gould at pottergould@gmail.com and John Brill at jbrill64@yahoo.com. 

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