Horn Farm Internship Program 2017

This program is valuable and suitable for anyone interested in exploring a future in small-scale vegetable production as well as anyone interested in learning growing skills for the purpose of homesteading, gardening, and feeding themselves and their community.

April through September 2017
(optional February start with early acceptance)

Program Objective: This is a part-time, hands-on training program for people with 0 to 2 years of farm or gardening experience. The program provides foundational knowledge and practical skills for those interested in small-scale, intensive, organic vegetable and permaculture-based production methods. This program will be valuable and suitable for anyone interested in exploring a future in small-scale vegetable production as well as anyone interested in learning growing skills for the purpose of homesteading, gardening, and feeding themselves and their community.

This opportunity features:

  • Convenient location – Centrally located between Lancaster and York, one mile off of Route 30

  • Part-time learning to allow time for employment or other commitments

  • Small scale, sustainable, intensive farming methods

  • Attendance at a diverse array of classes and workshops

  • Full growing season experience

  • Weekly CSA share of produce

  • Exposure to equipment maintenance & repair

  • Exposure to and experience with developing markets for selling produce

  • This is a good precursor to our Incubator Farm Project
     

The Horn Farm Internship Program Include:

On-Farm Field Training –approx 336 hours

      In mid-April, participants (interns) will begin the all-important on-farm training aspect of the program. Learning by doing and incorporating the knowledge into our physical bodies is essential to understanding the life of a farmer. With side by side mentorship of the Education Director and Assistant Farm Manager, the interns will assist with all aspects of working a small-scale farming operation, from greenhouse to field, from harvest to market.  

       Interns are required to work on the training farm for 12 hrs per week for 28 weeks following a schedule set out by the Education Director in consultation with the interns. Optional early February start will provide experience with early greenhouse seeding and field prep.

Marketing

       Marketing and sales are an essential aspect of running a successful operation. Horn Farm Center will help facilitate opportunities for interns to assist farmer vendors at local markets and/or our onsite Farm Stand connecting you from the field to consumer. Interns will also be involved in the process of developing local markets and looking at varied outlets for selling and distributing produce.

Workshop Series – approx. 22 hours

A series of 8 practical and informative, vegetable growing workshops that will take place over the course of the season. These workshops are designed to offer a basic foundation for the practical business of growing vegetables on a small scale intensively managed farm.

Date/Time

Workshop topic

Presenter

March 25

Stone Soup: Gardener's Guide to Soil

Jason Reed

April 9

Introduction to Permaculture

Jon Darby (Education Director)

April 22

Plant Observation & Basic Botany

Jon Darby (Education Director)

June 15 Weed Identification & Management Jon Darby (Education Director)

July 20

Insect Identification

Jon Darby (Education Director)

August 19 Organic Integrated Pest Management Jason Reed

September 9

Designing and Building Hugelkultur Beds

Jon Darby (Education Director)

November 11 Carbon Farming Dale Hendricks
 

Tour Unique, Successful Small Scale Farms

        Farm tours will be planned to several successful, diverse types of growing operations. These opportunities are an important part of the training, further connecting you to a network of innovative producers and letting you see their wonderful farms.

Expected Outcome

          Through instruction, hands-on practice, and networking, the farm internship is designed you make substantial progress towards understanding how soil, plants, climate, and people interact to create sustainable farms with environmental, economic, and social well-being as their core values. This is foundational knowledge upon which you can build as you take the next steps to becoming part of the vibrant organic farm community.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2017

Program Fee: $1000.00 (Payment plan available)

Click here for application.

For more information please contact educationdirector@hornfarmcenter.org, (717) 332-8710

December 1st, 2016 12:00 AM   through   October 31st, 2017 12:00 AM
4945 Horn Road
York, PA 17406
United States
Phone: (717) 757-6441
Email:
Horn Farm Internship Program Fee $ 1,000.00

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