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Interns/Apprentices Wanted for 2008 Farming season, Wappingers Falls NY

Common Ground Farm (www.commongroundfarm.org) is hiring three farm interns for the 2008 farming season. (one 20 week or full-season intern and one or two 12 week interns. Long season internship goes from April 1st through October 1st and the short season can begin as early as June 1st and as late as July 1st and would run for 12 weeks after the starting date.) We are looking for dedicated, interested folks who are eager to learn about small scale vegetable farming. The work week will consist of growing and harvesting food for about 110 CSA members, harvesting food for farmers’ markets, and participating in a variety of educational sessions. Interns will work alongside the farmers in the field and learn about the following things: Greenhouse management, Farmers’ Market preparation and sales, educating local teens once a week during July- August (www.greenteen.org), working with other local education groups, post harvest care of vegetables, low-tech cultivation, creative farm management and problem solving, cover crop management on small scale acreage, irrigation set up and management, chicken care (for eggs), crop diversity, heirlooms, seed saving techniques, as well as attend educational sessions on other local farms with their interns. Interns will have access to all CSA workshops which include solar electricity, pickling, fermenting, and composting. The CSA has distributions twice a week and hosts dances and campfires throughout the season. Interns will camp out and live on the farm. Other housing accommodations may be possible. (i.e. a cooperative living opportunity with low rent.)
The interns will receive a stipend of $200/ week which includes camping space, a summer kitchen, and plenty of farm produce in season.

The Common Ground farmers, Joe and Rebecca, are a young couple with significant farming experience, in New York and in Minnesota. Joe grew up on a small diverse sustainable farm, where he met Rebecca when she interned there! This will be their 3rd season farming at Common Ground Farm. They have 12 children (all hens).

Common Ground Farm uses natural growing practices and is a community supported farm in its 7th year. Common Ground is also a non-profit organization committed to building community, education and social justice. We have a committed and excited membership and are leasing land at Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center. (http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1833.html) The farm is 3 miles from Beacon, a cute Hudson riverfront city. You will find coffee shops, galleries and the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries there. (http://www.thebeaconinstitute.org/home/) Beacon is located in the Mid Hudson Valley- near the Catskills, NYC and, the Hudson River. There are lots of other small local farms (dairy, meat and, veggie) in the area and hiking the Fishkill Ridge is minutes away.