Diversified farm in southwestern PA seeks interns and other help in 2023

Savage Mountain Farm is seeking an intern for the 2023 growing season. We are a highly diversified farm in the mountains of southwestern Pennsylvania. We operate a full-diet, free-choice farm-share program, sell to several restaurants, and go to 3-4 farmers’ markets per week. We grow most every kind of vegetable suited to our climate, as well as several varieties of mushrooms, including shiitakes, oysters and namekos. We raise several animals, including chickens for eggs and meat, turkeys, cows, pigs, lambs and rabbits. We have a small but growing fruit orchard that we plan to expand this year – blueberries, apples, raspberries, peaches, plums, hardy kiwis and more. We grow ginger in high tunnels, and we also grow woodland medicinals like goldenseal and ginseng. In addition, we grow our own feed for our animals using organic methods – we make our own hay and grow some of our own feed corn that we grind ourselves. Therefore, interns will have a unique opportunity to get a well-rounded farming education.

It is preferred that interns commit to the entire farming season, which begins in April and ends in late November with the Thanksgiving turkey slaughter. However, we will make exceptions if school schedules, for instance, limit the amount of time you can commit to. Interns will be provided room and board, plus a weekly percentage of gross income. Interns will be expected to work alongside the rest of the crew, which can be very long hours during the summer months. On days off, interns are free to leave, but are asked to do the animal chores if they choose to stay at the farm. Responsibilities will include daily livestock care, seed starting, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, packing for markets and coop pickup days, helping with mushroom cultivation, poultry processing, washing and packing eggs, farm cleanup, taking turns cooking meals, cutting and splitting firewood, and helping with various on-farm construction jobs. During the growing season, we live a community-oriented lifestyle, meaning everyone pitches in with shared meals, cleaning, and fun.

There are also “summer field crew” positions available for nine weeks in the summer. This is not an educational internship, but rather a position that pays a little more in exchange for helping us get through the peak of our vegetable growing season. Field crew members would spend the majority of their time transplanting, weeding and harvesting veggies and fruits. Inquire if this is a better fit for you!

The ideal applicant will be, above all, easy going and cooperative. We’re not as concerned with how good of a worker you are as we are with your attitude and team spirit.

Email info@savagemountainfarm.com with a letter of interest, and we will be sure to get back to you. We look forward to talking with you! You can also call 828-582-9407 if you have any questions.

See more at www.savagemountainfarm.com

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