Type of farm?
Livestock (All Animals)
$150/month, $400 of Whiffletree Farm food/month, and room.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
We provide interns $400 of Whiffletree Farm food/month. Interns cook for themselves.
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 farm and business 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, we have 2 hours of lessons each week where I teach interns through a curriculum I developed that covers all the business side of the operation (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
We work hard. 58 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 Friday or Saturday 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. Additionally, 2 hours a week we will stop outside labor in order for me to teach lessons on running the farm business (marketing, record keeping, customer service, sourcing, etc.) and delegate those tasks for your experience. The business training aspect of our internship is distinctive--not many internship programs set aside that much time for business training. The goal would be for you to leave knowing the farm and business model. It would set you up well to start your own business.
The summer internship runs from May 15 to September 15
The fall internship runs from September 15 to January 15
If you are interested but those dates do not quite work for you, let us know and we will consider your situation.
58 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 8,000 chickens, 2,000 laying hens, 150 pigs, 800 turkeys, and graze around 50 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 8.