Internships

DRAFT ANIMAL FARM INTERNSHIP 

The goal of the Draft Animal Farm internship is to provide a hands-on educational experience in the art and skill of draft animal use on a New England farm. With supervision from the Farm Manager, the intern will work to develop skills needed to safely utilize draft animals in a traditional New England farming environment. Skills such as harnessing, yoking, line of draft, equipment set up, equipment maintenance, and field and garden lay out. The intern will be given the opportunity to learn these skills through daily hands-on farm work with draft animals. The intern will also work with the Sanborn Mills Inc.’s gardeners to help provide high quality food and grains by using best past practices.

 Hours/Compensation:

The Sanborn Mills Farm Internship is a 13 week program with an estimated 40 hours per week that includes some weekend chores. Compensation will be processed weekly based upon an hourly rate of $ 15.00.  Housing will be provided in the Red House. Meals are not included but there is a shared kitchen available in the Red House for preparing meals.

 Primary Duties/ Responsibilities:

  • Assist teamsters with daily activities
    • Care and driving draft animals
    • The use of draft animals in grain and row crop fields
    • Utilizing draft animals in vegetable gardens
    • Working in the forest (firewood and logging)
    • Training draft animals
  • Assist with vegetable gardens
    • Weeding, disease, and pest control
    • Planting, harvest, wash, and storage of vegetables
    • Composting
    • Watering
  • Chores (Occasional/as needed)

FARM INTERNSHIP 

 

The goal of the Farm internship is to provide a hands-on educational experience in the art and skill of traditional New England farming. With supervision from the Farm Manager, the intern will work to provide produce and meats for our commercial sales and CSA customers while using this opportunity to learn how to build skills in traditional agriculture farming. This means producing high quality food by using best past practices, making sure to maintain as few off-farm inputs as possible, working to minimize gaps in the nutrient cycle, and sustaining the resources the land that Sanborn Mills has to offer. The intern will also work with the Sanborn Mills Inc.’s teamsters to incorporate the use of draft animal power in all aspects of the farm.

 Hours/Compensation:

The Sanborn Mills Farm Internship is a 13 week program with an estimated 40 hours per week that includes some weekend chores. Compensation will be processed weekly based upon an hourly rate of $ 15.00.  Housing will be provided in the Red House. Meals are not included but there is a shared kitchen available in the Red House for preparing meals.   

 Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Vegetable production for commercial sales and CSA customers
    • Plowing, harrowing, and cultivating of gardens, and fields with draft animals
    • Plant, harvest, wash, and storage of vegetables
    • Weeding, disease, and pest control
    • Crop production: record keeping
    • Use of beneficial plants for companion planting
    • Improve and build soil with cover crops and crop rotations
  • Assist with Animal Production
    • Laying hens—water, feed, bedding, egg collection, and keeping track of eggs/ eggs sold
    • Meat Birds – water, feeding, bedding, and processing.
    • Pigs— water, feed, bedding
    • Beef-water, feed
  • Chores (Occasional/as needed)

 

    How to Apply

    Please send cover letter and resume to ray@sanbornmills.org.

    Deadline is Feb. 28th decision will be made 3rd week of Mar.  Start date is June 1st till Aug. 31st housing is included.