Every growing season, we find a couple of interns to come stay at the farm. They are here to help us with the work and for us to help them learn about farming, holistic management, and the farm ecosystem. If you are interested in joining us as an intern, or know someone who might be interested, please contact us!
Please mail or email your resume including three references to our farm. We also require a letter of interest stating what you hope to gain (your goals) from the experience, and what you hope to contribute to the farm. A visit prior to hiring is always preferred.
Our interns start around the first of April and stay until the end of October to get the experience of the full arc of the growing season. Our workweek is challenging, (5 ½ days and up to 60 hours), but rewarding. An internship at Laughing Earth is a hands-on working and learning experience. We expect that our interns will participate in and learn all aspects of our farm work, including: initial greenhouse work, grow tunnel construction, planting, weeding, harvesting, animal husbandry, and customer interaction (through sustainable farming education and marketing). One of our goals is to show interns how they can operate a sustainable, financially stable farm in a relatively small area starting with less than ideal soil. We are looking for energetic, enthusiastic, motivated people who are dependable, eager to learn, have a practical outlook on life, and willing to become part of our farm family. We prefer people with a sincere desire to learn farming, and that desire is more important than actual farming experience. A good sense of humor is an added bonus!
Our interns participate in the CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) program, which provides them with the opportunity to see a wide range of other farms, and learn from other farmers. This program provides interns with bi-weekly visits to other area farms to study specific agricultural topics, and network with other interns. We consider this an important component in the educational experience and provide paid time to attend these meetings. In addition to CRAFT, we are members of a northeastern New York farmers' network. This local network arranges monthly tours of farms and offers collaborative support to its members.
In addition to the educational components of the internship, interns receive a stipend each week plus Workers’ Compensation. Interns earn an extra, paid day off for each month worked. These days should be planned at least two weeks in advance, and we encourage interns to be considerate in their requests, limiting requests on our heaviest harvest days. Housing is provided in a rustic woodland cabin on the farm. Shower facilities are at the farmhouse. Our mid-day meal is provided at the farmhouse (with shared clean-up) and fresh garden vegetables for other meals are provided as available, as well as our own meat products and staples.