Contact: John Tecklin
General Description: At Mountain Bounty Farm we grow 16 acres of mixed vegetables and fruit for our local 500+ member CSA and Farmers Market. Our thriving small farm is nestled in the beautiful Sierra foothills, surrounded by forest and a short distance from the scenic Yuba river. Since 1997, Mountain Bounty Farm has grown into a successful and inspiring cornerstone of the local community. The farm is known for its top quality produce, cutting edge farming techniques, and fun work environment. We have an amazing veteran crew and welcome newcomers. For more information about the farm and for internship application materials and information please see our website: www.MountainBountyFarm.com
Internship Ends: mid November
Number of Interns: 5
Meals: Interns are responsible for their own meals and have full access to all farm produce including eggs and fruit.
Skills Desired: Prior farm experience is preferred, but not a requirement. Successful candidates usually 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, repetitive grasping, 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. Must appreciate palindromes.
Educational Opportunities: 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 get the benefit of our many years of learning -- passed along to you. Interns are also, to the extent they are individually ready, gradually given more and more responsibility. 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. Additionally, each intern is responsible for a project of their own: managing chickens, irrigating crops, greenhouse care, farmers markets, etc. Toward the end of the season, we occasionally take field trips to other farms in the area. And periodically we take time to sit down after work for intern directed Q and A discussions (topics like “farm business management”). 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.
Stipend: $1,000/month plus housing and produce (includes vegetable, fruit, and eggs)
Housing: Interns share a common furnished kitchen/bathing/hangout facility complete with a stove, refrigerator, sink and couches. Each intern has their own small private cabin (cozy, but no electricity or heating) in a shady grove at the edge of the fields.
Internship Details: Interns are a core element of our farm crew (total 12-14 people including interns) and participate in all farm activities from greenhouse work to harvest, delivery, and farmer’s markets. Interns work closely with the farm managers to maintain this 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, and small amounts of animal and fruit tree care. Interns work 5 days a week (Mon-Fri), 8+ hours a day and are also responsible for doing one CSA delivery per week, two farmers markets per month, and occasional minor 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 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.