Get your hands dirty

We're hiring for 2018! Please look over our internship announcement to apply!

I was looking for a place where I could keep learning, instead of just jumping into something completely by myself.
— Lauren McDonald-- Apprentice 2015

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.