Summer 2020 Internships
Threefold Educational Foundation’s Pfeiffer Center and The Fellowship Community’s Duryea Farm seek summer interns who want to experience biodynamic farming and dairying in a community setting just 30 miles from New York City.
Based upon the three pillars of education, care of the land, and agricultural production in service to the community, our farm unites the agricultural and educational activities of the Pfeiffer Center and the Fellowship Community. We have nine acres under cultivation, almost 39 acres of pasture and hay, the only dairy herd in Rockland County, NY, two draft horses, and a small apiary.
Along with milk and produce, our farm provides our community with a rich festival life and opportunities to be involved in the life and work of the farm. Our biodynamic land-care practices foster a farm individuality that can receive wisdom and guidance from the biodynamic preparations, trace substances and vital forces from the air and soil, cosmic influences, and the activity of the elemental beings.
Expectations and Qualifications
As an intern, you will have the opportunity to learn:
• The principles and practices of the biodynamic method of agriculture and land care;
• Market-garden and field-scale vegetable production;
• Cow care and milking;
• Handling and distribution of raw milk;
• Horse care;
• Greenhouse care;
• Composting techniques;
• Healthy soil regeneration methods using compost application, crop rotation, cover cropping, and weed management;
• Plant pest and disease management;
• Succession planning for fresh vegetables throughout the growing season;
• Food processing for winter storage.
As an intern, you will be expected to:
• Arrive on time, ready to work, and prepared for changes in weather conditions;
• Be able and open to learning from mentor farmers, staff members, other learners, animals, plants, the land, your own mistakes, and the mistakes of others;
• Share and communicate your knowledge and understanding;
• Communicate your learning needs and personal needs clearly and compassionately, and hear and take into account the needs of others;
• Be able to bend, crouch, sit, walk, run, stand for long periods of time, and lift at least 50 pounds;
• Be able and willing to work with children (in the presence of teachers or camp counselors) and volunteers;
• Farm in the context of an intergenerational elder care community.
Timeframe and Work Hours
The Summer Internship runs from June 1 through August 28. Working hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00am-12:30pm and 2:00-5:00pm, plus weekend chore rotations.
On weekdays, Interns eat lunch with the Fellowship Community’s members and co-workers. Interns help serve at lunch, and assist with lunch cleanup two days per week.
Summer Interns receive a stipend of $400 per month, a room in Holder House, a 40-room student dormitory on Threefold’s campus, weekday lunches, and produce from the farm.
The Pfeiffer Center is a Participating Mentor Farm in the Biodynamic Association’s Farmer Training Program.
An application form, medical form, and interview (in person or by phone) are required. A work-along visit may be requested.
For more information about the internship or the application process, please call 845-352-5020 x120, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.