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Our farm is located in Woodsboro, on the north side of Frederick County. We are approximately 30 minutes from downtown Frederick, 1-1.5 hours from Baltimore, and 1-1.5 hours from DC.
Please submit a cover letter and resume. We will call potential interns for a short phone interview, then make plans to have them out to the farm for an in-person interview and tour. After that, if both parties are interested, we will schedule a day for the potential intern to come work with Luke for a day at the farm.
We have a large garden for personal use, so there is produce available from that, depending on what's in season. Intern will enjoy 25% off any of Sweet Farm's products--sauerkraut, pickles, pork, ginger beer. Occasionally, free products might be available when circumstances allow. Intern will be invited to the farm's monthly potlucks, and will be invited to other shared meals on occasion. When working at events or markets, intern will enjoy free food from Sweet Farm's food truck.
Our farm is our home, and the home of our children, parents and grandparents. Anyone who lives and works here will need to be respectful and polite, as well as careful and conscientious when operating vehicles or machinery. Though we will in no way regulate your comings and goings when you are "off the clock," we will ask that you be respectful of other residents, especially late at night and when having guests.
We work hard, and will expect our intern to do the same. The farm work is often physically demanding, and needs to happen regardless of weather; applicants should be able to lift 50 lbs, be on their feet most of the day, and be willing to work outside in all weather conditions.
The Sweet Farm participates in many weekend events. Interns will be required to work at least 1 day per weekend, and sometimes more when large events are scheduled. We will "make up" extra weekend days worked by giving you a weekday off.
Flexibility and willingness to learn new things is essential. We are a growing and changing business, and have several big projects in the works or coming up this year. Therefore, our weeks and months will be full and varied, and plans can change from day to day. Applicants must also be able to work efficiently and responsibly on their own, when Luke or Rachel are not present.
Applicants must have a vehicle for personal use, as well as potential driving for the farm. They should have a clean driving record. A cell phone with data access is recommended, as we have limited internet connectivity at the farm, and none in the intern housing.
As previously mentioned, a Sweet Farm intern will be exposed to a lot of different aspects of farm and small business life. In addition to regular maintenance activities like caring for livestock, moving fence, crop cultivation, watering, composting, markets/events, etc., we are planning several big projects for this season. A Sweet Farm intern would get hands-on experience on any or all of the following:
--building design and renovation
--deer fence installation
--livestock fence installation
--silvapasture planning and planting
--terraforming (creating terraces, swales/birms, other permaculture elements)
--forestry and trail management
Interns will also have the opportunity to learn how to safely operate a tractor and skid steer with various implements, a sawmill, and a chainsaw. They will also learn about maintaining successful systems.
If the intern is interested in the work-share opportunity with Open Book Farm, they would also learn the practice of efficient on-farm poultry processing. There will likely also be other work/learn opportunities with other neighbor and area farms.
The Sweet Farm is a member of CASA Future Harvest and the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. As a member of our team, the intern will be eligible for discounts and/or free access to programs, classes, and workshops offered by either organization.
Working at The Sweet Farm will encompass all manner of farm and business life. Interns will learn a little bit of everything, and will help with tasks as varied as livestock management, forestry, vegetable cultivation, carpentry, orchard management, permaculture/perennial design, event planning/execution, farmers market vending, and more. If interns desire, there is also ample opportunity to learn basic bookkeeping, marketing, fermentation and other ancillary skills.
If there is interest, we have an exciting work-share opportunity with our friends at Open Book Farm in Middletown, to work with them on chicken processing one day a week. This is a great opportunity to learn from a very skilled farmer/processor. Andrew Barnet is a former Polyface Farm intern, and has been running a successful on-farm poultry processing operation for several years.
Housing is in a custom-renovated Airstream trailer. It has a compost toilet in it, so applicants should be comfortable using and maintaining that (we will teach you!). It does have power, but does not have air conditioning or internet access (limited internet access is available in the main house).
Somewhat negotiable, up to 40 hours per week, plus 1 event/market day per weekend.
The Sweet Farm is both a farm and a food business. We have a 50-acre family farm in Woodsboro, MD, as well as a value-added processing kitchen in Frederick, MD. On the farm, we raise pastured hogs. We are also developing infrastructure and perennial crops for future agro-tourism opportunities, building a high tunnel for crops related to our value-added products, and expanding our food service capabilities. Our internship is best suited for someone who wants to be exposed to all aspects of farm life, who endeavors to run a small value-added food business, or who wants experience with system/infrastructure building and improvement.