INTERN, FARM ASSISTANT WILLOW BROOK FARM & ART CENTER
The Farm Assistant Intern supports the Farm Manager in all aspects of maintaining the farm in support of the mission of Willow Brook Farm & Art Center in Barnstead, NH. This position has a great deal of flexibility, ideally starting in April. Live-in accommodations of a private bedroom and food are provided.
Willow Brook Farm is a not-for-profit, organic farm and permaculture homestead seeking to educate the community in sustainable living and engage people learning and adopting alternative skills that lead to healthier lifestyles and communities. We strive to use the power of example, educational outreach and public arts to redefine the human relationship to nature. We support beginning farmers through a farming residency fellowship and apprenticeships. We support environmentally based artists with residency fellowships and commissions.
The primary responsibility is to assist the Farm Manager the day-to-day operations of vegetable production and CSA management:
• Assist in vegetable production including greenhouse work, planting, weeding and harvesting.
• Assist in farmstead maintenance chores
• Assist in farm construction projects
• Assist in Farmers’ Markets
Qualifications and Skills
• Willingness to work and learn
• Attention to detail
• Ability to work independently
• Ability to work in physically demanding tasks requiring lifting, bending, squatting, kneeling, bending, etc., and to do so in all weather conditions.
There are abundant opportunities to learn about permaculture, organic growing, business development, construction, timber framing, forest management, sawmilling, maple sugaring, bee keeping, orcharding, and Christmas tree production. Other growth opportunities are available for the right person including using our facility as a launching pad for your own farm business.
Willow Brook Farm comprises 76 acres of fields, trails, streams and ample wood resource. Third Stone Farm, a 24-acre adjoining property serves as a collaborative partner providing tools, equipment, expertise and additional land. Between these two farms, we have 100 acres that can sustain vegetable production, goat dairy, poultry, an organic cut-your-own Christmas tree farm, a permaculture nursery, a managed mixed hardwood forest, a fledgling organic hops operation, maple sugaring, and honey bees. While not at commercial scale, we also have apples, pears, and raspberries growing on the property. The Willow Brook Farm property includes a large barn that can provide shelter for animals, space for a workshop and events, and can support crop production and storage.
The residence is a 5+ bedroom antique colonial farmhouse that has been completely rehabilitated, updated with new heat, insulation, a modern kitchen, windows, plumbing, and wireless internet. Farmer Fellows share communal living spaces but have private bedrooms.
We are located in Barnstead, NH, not far from lakes and mountains with easy access to ample outdoor activities. Concord is nearby and Portsmouth is one hour away. The community of Barnstead has their own farmers’ market.
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