Get your hands dirty
The internship positions have been filled for 2017! Please check back next season!
Poughkeepsie Farm Project's internship program provide participants with the foundational knowledge to pursue a career in small-scale vegetable production. Over the last 15 years, more than 50 alumni have graduated from our program. Many have continued their careers in agriculture, becoming farm managers and even starting their own farms. Interns work on a 12-acre farm with PFP staff to grow over 200 varieties of vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers. We provide food for a 500+ member CSA while contributing to PFP's larger mission of working towards a just and sustainable food system in the Hudson Valley.
- Farm internships are for students and farming newbies, and also for those with a little more experience under their belts
- We have three 14-week farm internships (late May thru late August) available
Educational Benefits and Compensation
Over the course of the season, interns will have exposure to a wide range of farming activities and skills including:
- Greenhouse seeding and maintenance
- Transplanting and farm bed preparation
- Crop management, pest control, and irrigation
- Harvest and CSA distribution set-up
- Managing farm volunteers and CSA members
- Tractor and equipment safety
In addition, interns participate in:
- Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) farm visits
Focused conversations on the Politics of Food and Farming Compensation for these positions includes:
- Competitive hourly wage (Work weeks range from 40 to 45 hours a week, depending on the time of the year)
- A produce share
- Experience and education based training
- At this time, we do not provide housing. Interns may be able to acquire dorm style housing through Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.
Who we invite to apply
We seek dependable, good-natured individuals with active interests in food and farming. Applicants should have good communication skills, the ability to take initiative, and the desire to be part of an active farm community. Applicants should be able to comfortably lift 50 pounds and engage in repetitive work, in all weather conditions.