Interns are a core element of our 12 person farm crew and they participate in all farm activities from greenhouse work to harvest, delivery, and farmer’s markets. Interns work closely with the farm managers to maintain our complex and dynamic vegetable farm. This includes driving tractors, seeding, transplanting, lots of weeding and other crop care, irrigation, harvest, washing and packing produce, driving deliveries, working farmers markets, and other farm chores.
Interns work Monday through Friday, 8+ hours per day, and are also responsible for two Saturday farmers markets per month, and occasional irrigation duties after-hours. We average a 40-hour work week over the season, with slightly shorter weeks in spring and fall, and slightly longer weeks at the height of summer.
Internships at Mountain Bounty Farm are challenging, highly sought after, and immensely rewarding. The vast majority of Mountain Bounty alumni go on to either work at other farms or start their own farms.
Interns who excel in their first season may be offered management positions and permanent employment here at Mountain Bounty.
Interns receive a stipend of $1,500/month plus housing and produce (includes vegetables, and fruit).
The internship runs from April4-November 19 2022
Prior farm experience is preferred, but not a requirement. Successful candidates have experience with some type of outdoor labor and/or a strong athletic background. We are also looking for people who are serious about farming as a career. This is a top notch training opportunity for someone who is ready to take on the challenge. We are looking for people who are organized, curious, outgoing and personable, wacky and fun, and very motivated.
Applicants should be able to work hard and fast in all weather (it can be cold and wet here in spring and fall, and summer temps are very hot) do heavy lifting, standing, bending, and lots of walking. Although we keep the work varied, farming is inherently challenging. Ideal candidates are committed to the farming lifestyle and all that it entails.
The majority of the educational component comes through the experience of working directly on the farm; learning by doing. Over the years, we have developed a successful system that is also relatively simple and elegant. As an intern you reap the bounty of our many years of learning, passed along over the course of your internship. Interns are gradually given more and more responsibility, to the extent they are individually ready. We believe that being allowed to take charge of something important, and also being allowed to make mistakes, is one of the richest and most effective ways to learn.
New for 2022, we will be doing a bi-weekly "farm circle." Every other week, for 2+ hours we will gather to do a series of farmer led workshops and discussions. There will be occasional guest teachers as well. Topics will cover a wide range of possibilities, include farming technical how-to's, farm finance, CSA farming and crop planning, explorations of farming philosophies, and group team building activities. Interns will be encouraged to request workshop topics, and all interns will be required to lead at least one workshop based on their own research before the end of the season.
Interns will also participate in some of the Sierra Harvest Ag Skills classes at other local farms.
Toward the end of the season, we occasionally take field trips to other farms in the area. We love to teach and are stimulated by people who are excited about learning. Long hours in the field provide the perfect opportunity to see what works and what doesn't, as well as plenty of discussion about why.