Type of farm?
Livestock (All Animals)
$900/month and room. $1,000 bonus for completion of all 7 months.
Must be Single
We are in beautiful Fauquier County (my hometown!), about 50 miles southwest of Washington, DC.
1. Please follow up with us by email or phone. Please email Jonathan Elliott at email@example.com or 703 989-3137.
2. We will send you the questionnaire and look over your answers.
3. We will schedule the on-farm work trial, which is a full day's work with us and allows both you and us to get a sense of what working together would be like.
Interns cook for themselves, though we will have occasional dinners all together.
As a boss I have high standards, though I am kind and reasonable. You would be expected to work hard and fast and do the job right; keep a hop in your step and pay close attention. You have to be willing to receive criticism and really desire to be an excellent worker. Most interns will be extremely tired the first couple weeks as they get used to the shock of how hard we work. You must be very professional and courteous. Our interns live in very close contact with our family and must represent our business well to all the people with which we work. These are high standards, but I believe it is the happiest and most satisfying way to live your life, and will bring you the truest success in your life no matter what career you choose.
It is our goal that you would become well versed in all the pertinent practices of our sustainable farm operation. Interns have exposure to all the animal work on a daily basis. An intern would know this well by the end of his or her session. Towards learning the business side of the enterprise, I am happy to share all the ins and outs of how we operate (marketing, customer service, record keeping, sourcing, etc.). Additionally, because we source and offer products we do not raise from a diverse group of farming friends, interns have exposure to many knowledgeable farmers and farms who are doing the things we are not. The goal would be for you to leave knowing the farm and business model to set you up well to start your own business.
Butchering On Farm
The internship/apprenticeship is a 7 month program (April through October, though we are open to other 7 month periods) designed to give you the skills necessary to start your own poultry, pork, and/or beef business. While preference is given to those who can stay the full 7 months, we are willing to consider candidates who can only stay for a shorter period of time.
We work hard. 55 hours/week is normal. 6:00am-5:30pm Monday through Saturday with 45 minute breaks for breakfast and lunch, and one weekday off. Just minimal chores on Sunday (usually 2-3 hours). So an intern is working about 5.5 days/week. On rare occasions, we have to work late as need arises.
The work mostly entails moving, feeding, and watering the animals, cleaning eggs, processing chickens (every Wednesday May to November) building and maintaining infrastructure, making deliveries, helping customers in the Farm Store, record keeping, and getting resources (feed, bedding, etc.)--though you would have to be willing to do anything. You will become well versed in the pertinent farm practices of raising all our animals.
55 Hours per week
We raise pastured chickens, turkeys, eggs, pork, and beef--very much inspired and modeled after Joel Salatin's PolyfaceFarm. 100% grassfed beef. Everything on fresh pasture. No drugs, chemicals, or GMO feeds, etc. We process all our own poultry. We raise around 12,000 chickens, 2,000 laying hens, 150 pigs, 800 turkeys, and graze around 60 beef cattle. Additionally, we have made Whiffletree a hub of excellently-raised, locally-raised, Weston Price-friendly products beyond what we raise by sourcing from our friends (lamb, organic veggies, raw honey, raw milk, etc.)! We sell to local restaurants, from our Farm Store, in collaboration with other farms, and in our northern Virginia to Charlottesville buying clubs.
Straight Family Description:
We are kind, hard working, have very high standards for excellent work and excellent behavior, and are Catholic. We have 6 children under the age of 10.