Are you interested in learning about goats? Dairying? Animal handling? Farming in general? Do you think you would like to have your own farm, but want to experience it before you take the leap? Are you from a farm and want to add new skills to your repertoire? Are you trying to decide what kind of farming you want to do? If your answer to any of these is yes, we may have an opportunity for you.
We are offering positions for hard working and motivated individuals to intern with us. The duration should be no less than a month, with the possibility of extension.
Dairy goats are our primary livestock focus with poultry being secondary, but there are other animals here. We are not a certified organic farm, but we do try to follow those practices as closely as possible. We do quite a bit of gardening in the Spring and Summer as well.
You can expect to learn animal husbandry including but not limited to; handling, feeding, health care, and depending on what time of year you are here and the length of your stay, breeding and/or birthing. In the dairy you will learn about goat milk, milking, how to handle the milk once it leaves the animal, cleaning, packaging and transport of the final products. We do not offer any teaching of cheesemaking at this time, although it may be possible to observe parts of the process...and tasting for sure! There will be gardening lessons and since we are growing quickly, there is also significant opportunity to observe or help with building structures and fencing. What you are trusted with depends on the skills you demonstrate and how quickly you catch on. We will not ask you to do anything we don't do ourselves.
For live on site interns, we provide a place to live in the form of a 36 ft camper here on the property. The camper has two seperate bedrooms, a living/dining area and a full bath. The property is gated and secure with guard dogs on patrol at night. We will provide at least one of your daily meals, plus pay all work related expenses. There is a washer and dryer available for your use. We can only take two on site interns at a time.
If you choose not to stay here, we can negotiate hours and tailor them to your learning interests (eg, you won't be required to garden if you are only interested in goats).
This is not a job and it is not a vacation. It is an internship geared for those who want to learn and experience what life on a real working farm is like. We work long hours often from before sunrise until after sunset and maybe the middle of the night if its required. The animals unfortunately do not keep 9-5 hours. We get dirty and stay active so you must not be squeamish and you must be physically fit. You should at the very least be able to lift a 50lb bag of feed. Previous livestock experience is not required, but you must be a confident handler. You must work well independently as well as with a team and be excited to learn.
If you would like to apply, please email a resume that includes at least three references. Also include an essay that explains what your goals are and anything you have a special interest in learning. We will contact you to schedule an interview.
If you are working for school or college credit, we are happy to fill out required paperwork for you.
Thank you for your interest!