General description – We are two established, sustainable growers in Eastern Virginia seeking a dedicated intern to share between our wholesale and retail operations respectively. Wind Haven Farm (owner/operator Jenny Maloney) is a wholesale cut flower operation located in Syringa, Virginia. Dug In Farms (owner/operator Carolyn Quinn) is a retail produce and flower operation in White Stone, Virginia. Both farms are minutes away from the Chesapeake Bay and just over an hour from historic Williamsburg and Richmond, Virginia.
Length of Stay – 3-month minimum stay, preferred June 1 – September 30 but willing to work with a strong candidate’s schedule.
Application deadline – March 7, 2016; if you are unable to meet this deadline please send an email with the required resume and letter of intent and we will inform you if the position is still open. Application includes a resume, letter of intent and at least three references.
Housing, Meals, Stipend – Intern will be provided their own room and use of shared area in the house. It is expected that the individual will conduct themselves in a professional manner during their stay. Non-smoking, drug free house. Meals are on your own, however you are welcome to enjoy the bounty of the produce season. A $600/month stipend will be provided.
Skills desires – Position requires an individual to be physically capable of working long work days in heat, humidity and the elements with a good attitude. Candidate must be able to work in a team environment as well as independently, follow instruction and not be afraid to ask questions. Candidate must be a strong communicator, detail oriented and work efficiently. It is important that the candidate be able to take pride in a job well done. A preference will be given to those with experience in a farm setting, handling produce and/or flowers and customer service.
Requirements – Position requires transportation and a valid driver’s license. Candidates must be able to lift 50 pounds and be willing to complete all tasks of a small farm operation with enthusiasm and commitment. Candidates must be comfortable with dogs and identify any physical limitations (i.e. color blindness, previous injuries) in the application.
Educational opportunities – Our goal is to partner with a dedicated individual willing to put in the long hours required for a successful small farm operation. In return we aim to provide the chosen candidate with the tools, relationships and hands on experience necessary to critically consider whether you are interested in launching a farming business. The position will receive hands on experience with greenhouse and cool-bot operations; planting and transplanting techniques; harvesting of various flowers and produce; conditioning and arranging flowers; biologically sound fertilization and pest management procedures; proven Zone 7 flower and produce varieties; wholesale and retail operations including pricing strategies and business models; irrigation techniques; marketing and customer relations; crop rotation and sequential planting; small flock management; beekeeping (if interested); and numerous practical tricks only gained through hands on experience with seasoned growers.
Internship details – The position will work 3-days per week at each farm. Daily tasks at Wind Haven Farm will include all aspects of seed starting, planting and harvesting flowers. Dug In Farms tasks will include harvesting, retail produce/flower stand management and small flock care.