Villa Villekulla Farm Accepting Applicants for 2023 Farming Internship

Lauren Gitlin
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Currently accepting rolling applications for the 2023 kidding and farming internship. Things get rolling March 21st and will run the entirety of the grazing season (November-ish). In the past, this stretch has been divided up amongst a string of wonderful interns who stayed from 2 weeks (the minimum) to 2 months, and is customizable though preference will be given to those who can commit to longer time periods. The internship evolves over the season. The beginning is focused on attending births and caring for (feeding multiple times per day, mucking pens, assisting with disbudding and vaccination) the most darling bouncy baby goats you will ever lay eyes upon. As the season progresses you will have a chance to participate in other aspects of a one-woman, 40+ goat farm, from herd health to intensive rotational grazing to milking to assisting with processing skyr. Days are long -- 6 am to 7pm roughly -- but there are plenty of opportunities throughout the day for rest and relaxation. This is most assuredly not a 9-5 Monday through Friday type of deal. The ideal candidate is bright, hardworking, responsible/reliable, good humored, compassionate, curious, patient and observant. You must also be capable of lifting at least 50 lbs. This is a physically demanding job, no doubt about it! Promptness and the ability to see a task through from start to finish is required. No smokers, drug users or device addicts please. As with most things, you get out of this experience what you put into it — your curiosity and drive will be rewarded with an intensive crash course in farm business ownership, so questions are encouraged, as is the desire to immerse yourself fully in this life and lifestyle. Must have own mode of transportation. This position is unpaid but your hard work will be compensated with room and board (a beautiful private studio apartment, a weekly grocery stipend and a CSA membership to a local farm). Downtime is encouraged as the day’s schedule allows, and there is lots to do and explore in and around our sweet little town of Barnard. Email resume and references to [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!

*All COVID safety protocols for out-of-state travelers will be observed. You will be expected to adhere strictly to such precautions for the duration of your stay here in order to avoid putting yourself or the greater farm community at risk. Please plan accordingly.