Internships

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2018 Internships

We are starting to take applications for the 2018 internship season. Please e-mail to request detailed information and an application.

If you have experience working outdoors, the ability to work hard, can follow directions and work well with others, and have a good sense of humor, consider spending a growing season with us. Interns learn the systems that have made our farm successful, working on all aspects of the farm. Through our farm education program and our involvement in the CRAFT program, we have bi-weekly field trips to other farms, give talks, and attend conferences to give interns a background in our area’s sustainable farming community. If you are interested in gaining the experience and skills to farm yourself, or if you’re interested in having a life-enriching work experience, the internship may be right for you. Interns live together in a house on the farm and receive a starting stipend of $1,400/month, as well as vegetables in season.

Intern at Waterpenny

Waterpenny Farm is a 10-acre vegetable farm using all organic and sustainable farming methods. We hire 6 interns each growing season. We sell our harvest at farmers’ markets in the Washington, DC, area, and through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription program. Our farm is located in Sperryville, Virginia, five miles east of Shenandoah National Park. We are excited about continuing to apply and share our knowledge and experience in sustainable agriculture here at Waterpenny Farm.

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If you are interested in sustainable agriculture, are interested in learning our farm’s systems, and have the ability to work long hours outside, please apply. We hope to find interns with some long-term interest in farming and with good senses of humor. We offer housing, vegetables in season, and a starting stipend of $1200/month.

Internships are available March 2 through November 23. We are looking for people available all or a large part of this time, but will also consider summer applicants. We begin the hiring process in late fall and make hiring decisions on a rolling basis.

For more information or to apply, contact us.

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Interns Will:

Work Hard

  • Work 5 1/2 days/week, averaging about 55 hours/week.
  • Participate in all aspects of vegetable production: greenhouse work, seeding, transplanting, mulching, irrigating, weeding, harvesting, sorting, and packing for market.
  • Sell produce at farmers’ markets in the Washington, DC, area.

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  • Work together to prepare weekly CSA shares.

Learn Lots

  • Learn about how we apply principles of sustainable agriculture on our farm.
  • Visit and tour diverse area farms on bi-weekly field trips.
  • Gain experience with direct marketing through selling at farmers markets and CSA.

Live Simply and Well

  • Cook, eat, and work together with other interns.
  • Live in a shared house with other interns.
  • Eat and preserve fresh vegetables in season.
  • Enjoy a rural farming community, nestled in the mountains.

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