Know Your Farmer
Farm Intern April-November 2013
North Mountain Pastures is looking for interns to be involved with both farming and food processing. Check out the rest of our website for info on what we do on our farm.
We’re currently setting up a USDA-inspected butcher shop on our farm to process traditional dry-cured meats for sale. We will be making several kinds of bacon, prosciutto, salami, and other cured meats with only Himalayan sea salt and organic spices. We also make naturally fermented vegetables to sell at farmer's markets.
Interns will learn about and have responsibilities in farming, marketing, and processing duties. These will include, but are not limited to feeding and moving diversified livestock on pasture, maintaining and improving infrastructure, general farm chores, butchering chickens, milking goats, helping with CSA deliveries, going to farmer’s market in DC, making fermented vegetables, making cured meats, and learning about food processing and HACCP requirements.
Interns will receive housing in an on-farm trailer with a kitchen. A good deal of food will be provided, with most of it coming from our farm or neighboring farms. Interns will also receive a monthly stipend. At the time of completing the internship, the intern will have the opportunity to develop a product that conforms to our farm philosophy, write a business plan for the product, and process and sell the product to our customers. We provide the facilities and markets, the apprentice provides the ideas and labor, and all profits go to the apprentice.
This is a young farm and new program, and apprentices should be aware that they will be a part of developing this program with us as young business owners. The timeframe for the internship is April through November 2013. Please contact Brooks at email@example.com with a letter of interest and intent for more information.