Garden Crew Interns

Start Date:
April-October

Compensation:
$9/hour, paid biweekly with time-and-a-half for overtime

Each year Turner Farm hires full-time seasonal (April – October) garden interns who are interested in gaining experience in organic crop production. They are exposed to every aspect of vegetable production, from soil preparation to farmers markets. Although this experience is primarily focused on crop production, up to 10 hours per month is spent working with our livestock. Interns receive field instruction and regularly visit other farms to learn about different farming techniques.

Turner Farm’s vegetable production consists of approximately eight acres under intensive, primarily market-garden style cultivation, with a small amount of acreage in row crops. All of our production is certified organic. We grow 50-60 different crops each season, which supply our on-farm market; 60-member CSA; two farmers markets; and wholesale and restaurant sales.

Working in the fields is often tedious, sweaty, dirty, and strenuous. We rely on our crew to learn quickly and work quickly. Applicants should be self-starters, good listeners, and problem solvers. There is a great deal of learning on the fly and in the field. We are looking for perseverant, teachable, patient, observant, hardworking, curious, and tenacious individuals. 

This position is not designed for those who are simply “testing out” or dabbling in agriculture, or are attracted to only the most romantic visions and ideals of farming as a lifestyle or career. This position is designed for those who are seriously considering pursuing a career in or related to agriculture. Farming is difficult work and requires enduring physical discomfort, working in all types of weather, and hours of mundane, tedious tasks. We are looking for applicants who can seek out and take feedback, ask questions, and be overall deeply committed to and engaged in their work and experience here.

To apply for the 2020 season, please email a resume, responses to the following questionnaire, and a minimum of two references to Assistant Crop Production Manager Tom Hunter at tom@turnerfarm.org. An in-person interview with our Crop Production team, including a brief working period, is required.

Application deadline is Monday, November 25, 2019.

  • Are you available for the entire season, April 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020? Please explain any restrictions on your availability in the above time frame.
  • What kind of knowledge, skills, and experiences are you interested in gaining during your internship? Please be as specific as possible.
  • Please outline your current understanding of the differences between conventional and sustainable or organic agriculture. Why are you interested in organic agriculture? What aspects of sustainable or organic agriculture interest you the most?
  • Please list any books, films, podcasts, or other resources (such as specific farms or farmers themselves) that have influenced your interest in and/or decision to pursue work experience in agriculture.
  • What attracts you to farm work?
  • Will you be able to visit the farm prior to making a commitment? An in-person interview with our Crop Production team, including a brief working period, is required.
  • Are you comfortable working on a farm that raises animals for meat?
  • What other considerations should we be aware of that may affect your internship experience?

Each year Turner Farm hires full-time seasonal (April – October) garden apprentices who are interested in pursuing a career in organic agriculture. They are involved in every aspect of vegetable production, from soil preparation to farmers market. This includes some mushroom production as well. Up to ten hours per month is spent working with our livestock, learning basic animal husbandry. Apprentices also have the opportunity to work with our draft horses in the vegetable fields. Other opportunities are available based on individual interest. We provide class and field instruction and regularly visit other farms to learn about different farming techniques.

Our next hiring period for seasonal apprentices is scheduled from November 2017-January 2018.