Internships at Old School Farm
Over the past five years we have hosted several interns at our farm. It's been a great experience for all and we have made some great friends and provided some very diverse learning opportunities and life experiences for young people interested in healthy food and sustainability.
Our farm is a total of 50 acres overall. There are a variety of terrains including: river bottom, pasture, wetlands, woods, moss glades, and two small orchards. The sound of a small creek’s falls flowing behind the house can be heard throughout the year. The view from the farmhouse overlooks 15 acres of river bottom pasture ending along the meandering Dyberry Creek. The surrounding area is a mixture of wooded hillsides and rolling pastures, populated by local farms, vacation homes, and summer camps.
During 2017 we had big success with Friday Pizza Nights featuring wood-fired artisan pizzas baked in our handmade earthen oven. Our interns get to be a part of these fun evenings – not only harvesting and prepping for the events but also learning how to make dough and work the oven if so desired. We have at times produced over 200 pizzas a night and a musical artist/band and jam session to follow have become a mainstay.
For 2018 we will be maintaining our organic vegetable growing areas of over 1 acre. We have eight Icelandic sheep with more lambs expected to arrive in late spring 2018. We also have a flock of free ranging laying hens, heritage turkeys, and two small orchards. A timber frame/Amish-built barn was completed in 2012. There is also a commercial grade kitchen for interns to use in the barn. Sleeping arrangements include a loft in the barn and a newly built cabin that can sleep two
Our long term goal for the farm is self-sustainability; operating on its own with zero off farm inputs. We are now very focused on producing food for our own use and toppings, herbs, and sauce for our pizza events. We are also planning on growing mushrooms for the pizzas in another building offsite. We also are looking to begin growing flowers for cut flowers to offer at our pizza nights. If you like diversity and experiencing a lot of variety of work and learning opportunities on a small farm in a bucolic location, then our farm is a good match. If you enjoy being around people, live music, and helping organize and prepare and participate in foodie events, then it’s even a better match!
We are looking for three English speaking interns who can start work sometime in late May or early June (or possibly sooner) and stay through the summer, preferably through the September harvest season. Interns will stay in a newly erected cabin, will have their own outdoor shower, and their own kitchen and lounge area in the barn with a wifi connection. Work day lengths and tasks will vary. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work with Roger Hill, a veteran organic farmer and soil expert who oversees our vegetable plot. A strong work ethic and the willingness and flexibility to help out with various projects on the farm is key. We embrace the work hard – play hard/have fun credo.
Activities available in the area include: hiking, fishing (trout stream borders property), swimming, canoeing, biking, golf, shopping and museums. There is also a movie theater close by and the famous Wayne County Fair.
The Coopereage is also open for live musical entertainment and other social and cultural activities, as are a couple of new brew pubs in town - just ten minutes away.
Meals for interns will typically be based around what is available on the farm with additional food on hand as needed.