Internships

The Pfeiffer Center and its farming collaboration with The Fellowship Community offer a three-month Summer Farm Internship and a nine-month Extended Farm Internship.

Successful completion of the Summer Farm Internship is a prerequisite for applying to the Extended Farm Internship. Together, the two internships offer a complete farming experience, from planning to planting to harvest, at a busy diversified biodynamic farm.

About Our Farm

Based upon the three pillars of education, care of the land, and agricultural production in service to the community, our farm has nine acres under cultivation, almost 39 acres of pasture and hay, the only dairy herd in Rockland County, NY, a team of draft horses, and an apiary.

The Pfeiffer Center’s educational programs for adults include the One-Year Part-Time Training in Biodynamics and one-day workshops.

Our produce and dairy products supply the Fellowship Community’s 150 members and co-workers, a 30-share CSA, and local outlets such as Threefold Café and the Hungry Hollow Co-op.

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.

Summer Farm Internship

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;

• Pasture management;

• 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;

• Apiary observation;

• Building relationships with elders and coworkers through working, meal sharing, and festival life.

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 the end of August. 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.

Compensation

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.

Accreditation

The Pfeiffer Center is a Participating Mentor Farm in the Biodynamic Association’s Farmer Training Program.

Application Process

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 info@pfeiffercenter.org.

We will begin accepting applications for Summer 2021 early next year. Please join our email list to receive notifications.

We Will Begin Accepting 2021 Applications Early Next Year

Extended Farm Internship

Interns who have successfully completed our Summer Farm Internship are invited to apply for the Extended Farm Internship, which runs from September through May.

Expectations and Qualifications

In the Extended Farm Internship, you will have the opportunity to learn:

• Biodynamic principles through work and participation in the One-Year Part-Time Training in Biodynamics, Midwinter Agriculture Intensive, and one-day workshops;

• Field-scale and market-garden vegetable production;

• Herd management skills, including healthy pasture management;

• Dairy skills, including processing milk, yogurt, and cheese;

• Horse care and working with draft horses;

• Greenhouse management skills;

• Healthy soil regeneration methods: making and applying compost, crop rotation, cover cropping, and weed management;

• Pest and plant disease management;

• Seasonal farm planning (maps, ordering seeds, succession planting, crop rotation, use of the Stella Natura planting calendar);

• Tractor use and maintenance;

• Beekeeping skills;

• Cultivation of flowers and herbs;

• Production of herbal teas and salves;

• Record keeping;

• CSA administration and customer relations skills;

• Seed saving;

• Food processing for winter storage;

• Food preparation skills for communal meals of over 100 people;

• Social care of elders;

• Carpentry and metal working;

• Care and maintenance of buildings and other spaces around the farm and Fellowship Community;

• Forest management and chainsaw work;

• Orchard management.

In the Extended Farm Internship, 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;

• Assist with children’s activities (in the presence of teachers or camp counselors) and volunteers;

• Assist with hosting the work of volunteers, community members, and other learners in your areas of competency;

• Farm in the context of an intergenerational elder care community;

• Participate in preparing, eating, and cleanup of communal meals with Fellowship elders and co-workers;

• Support social care of Fellowship elders;

• Participate in building and maintenance projects around the Fellowship Community.

Timeframe and Work Hours

The Extended Internship runs from September 1 through the end of May. 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.

Compensation

Interns in the Extended Farm Internship receive a stipend of $1,000 per month, a room in Holder House, a 40-room student dormitory on Threefold’s campus, weekday lunches, and produce from the farm.

Application Process

Application for the Extended Farm Internship is by invitation. Successful completion of the Summer Farm Internship is a prerequisite.