MANY FORKS FARM is a small, sustainable, vegetable farm located in Clarksburg, MA, a semi-rural community in Northern Berkshire County, Massachusetts and located 0.5 mile from the Vermont state line. The farm operation is concluding its third season and just acquired ownership of the farm property, a 7.6 acre parcel located along the North Branch of the Hoosic River. Many Forks Farm strives to deliver beautiful, healthful produce to its community through a 40-member CSA, farmers markets, restaurants, and other venues. The farm grows with an intensive, sustainable, soil and fertility-building approach to production using organic practices. In this small operation, there is little mechanization and the expectation is that the full range of farm tasks are everyone’s shared responsibility. In 2015, the farm will have 1.75 acres in vegetable production, a hoophouse, and a moveable high tunnel. The farm works with community organizations that assist with subsidizing the cost of CSA shares for those who otherwise could not afford to be CSA members. 20% of the farm’s shares are reduced in price. The farm participates in the North Adams Farmers Market and plans to add an additional market in 2015.
Internship Starts: May 15 – June 1
Internship Ends: August 15 – 31
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: until filled
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months
Meals: Interns have a shared kitchen to prepare their own meals. They are welcome to farm vegetables for their personal use.
Skills Desired: While previous farming experience is not a requirement, having a serious interest in farming or an agriculture-related vocation is desirable and some experience working on a farm or other agricultural setting is a plus. The position requires working outdoors in all kinds of weather; consistency, efficiency and attention to detail in farm tasks; good humor; flexibility in working with the factors that affect farm work; comfort and enthusiasm for working with others on the farm, at markets and with CSA members; a valid drivers license, physical stamina including the ability to lift 50 lbs. and do repetitive tasks for periods of time.
Educational Opportunities: In addition to participating in all aspects of the farm’s production, visits may be arranged to other farms in the area to experience the varied ways other farms approach farming systems. There is a small farm library and the farm subscribes to several publications – all of these available to the interns. There will be dedicated times when interns can voice what areas of production they would like to obtain more information or insight into, and give feedback on the ongoing farm work and living situation. Every effort will be made when workshops of interest are scheduled in the area, to accommodate scheduling. On a case by case basis, the farm may be able to assist in the cost of workshops.
Stipend: $400 month
Interns live on the farm in a fully equipped farmhouse with a shared kitchen, shared bathroom, own bedroom, and other shared living spaces. Other amenities include wireless internet and laundry facilities.
Preferred method Of Contact: email
Internship Details: Interns have a 5.5 day work week. The farm work includes all aspects of sustainable vegetable production including planning, seeding, greenhouse maintenance, transplanting, cultivating, weeding, harvesting, distribution to the CSA members, preparation for and selling at farmers markets, and delivery to restaurants and other venues. Applicants are requested to provide a resume, contact information of three work references and two personal references, and a letter speaking to their interest in this position. Applicants may be asked to do a telephone interview and an on-site interview at Many Forks Farm as a part of the application process.
Many Forks Farm LLC
1360 River Road
Clarksburg, MA 01247