Sligo Creek Farm is a certified organic farm located 45 minutes north of Washington, D.C., in Brookeville, Maryland. We grow fruits and vegetables in partnership with Our House, a residential job training center for young men ages 16-21. We have three acres in organic production, with an additional nine acres in transition from conventional to organic, and we are adding laying hens in 2011. Our Farm Manager Interns play a major role in managing daily farm operations, as well as supervising trainees on the farm.
Sligo Creek Farm offers a 20-week CSA, sells at three local farmers markets, and to local restaurants and grocers. Farm Manager Interns assist in planning, organizing, and managing all aspects of the business.
Responsibilities and tasks include:
- Supervise trainees on the farm.
- Mentor trainees with regard to essential job-readiness and life skills.
- Communicate and coordinate with trainee counselors (Our House staff).
- Seasonal production planning, planting, weeding, irrigating, pest management, harvesting, and post-harvesting sales and distribution.
- Administrative work such as tracking student hours and field documentation.
Estimated Time Allotment for Farm Manager Interns:
Field work on the farm (about 40% of time)
Supervising trainees in Gould’s Garden (about 30% of time)
Coordinating with Our House (about 15% of time)
Marketing, sales, PR for farm (about 10% of time)
Administrative work (about 5% of time)
Applicants will ideally 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, and visiting local farms.
Interns work 40 hours per week. On-site housing in a cottage or farmhouse apartment is available. Interns have access to produce grown on the farm and are welcome to eat meals with students and staff in the dormitory. Interns receive a bi-weekly stipend, paid vacation, and end-of-season award. Public transportation to Washington, D.C. and other areas is available within 2.5 miles of the farm.