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Internship for Grass-Fed Dairy, Beef, and Poultry Farm

Jim Medeiros
Published
May 11, 2024
Location
Wilsons, Virginia
Type of farm?
Diverse (Animals/Plants)
Work Schedule
8+hrs/day, 5-6 days/week (rotational weekend work-some days may be basic animal feeding only)
Compensation
$100/week stipend
Housing Available
Yes
Housing Location
Off Farm
Application Parameters
Male, Female
Tag Words
Aquaponics, Bees, Cattle, Chicken, Cow Dairy, Direct Market, Eggs, Grass, Livestock, Multi-species, Non-GMO, Organic, Pastured, Seasonal, Vegetable, Woodworking

Description

Description

Work as a team on an 80+ head herd rotational grazing herdshare dairy & beef farm, pork and poultry operation. We produce raw dairy products (fluid milk, butter, and cream), 100% grass-fed/finished beef, free-range chicken eggs, pastured poultry & pork, and honey as some of our farm products. Our farming practices do not use herbicides or pesticides. Broilers are raised on pasture but supplemented with non-GMO, soy-free feed. Layers are free-range with a similar supplemental diet. Organically raised greenhouse produce also in production.

Also on the farm is a portable sawmill which allows us to produce garden stakes and building materials for farm infrastructure projects.

We require someone who will take ownership of duties, work in all types of weather, self-motivated, pays strong attention to detail, ambitious, eager and willing to learn, dependable, positive attitude, and strong work ethic. These are long days in all kinds of weather conditions. The day ends when the work is completed, and all the animals are cared for.

Location Specifics

We are located in southside Virginia in the western part of Dinwiddie County, approximately 30 minutes west of Petersburg and 60 minutes southwest of Richmond. The immediate area consists of conventional cropping and beef operations, in addition to planted pine. Unlike most of our farmer neighbors, we do not use any chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Our primary market is the greater Richmond area and east of that toward the coast. We have on-farm pick-up as well as deliveries to stores and private residences. We also attend seasonal farmer's markets.

Position Description

This is a six month internship program. Start date is flexible. 1-2 positions available. We may be able to accommodate a husband and wife team if both are willing and able to work equally hard. We cannot accommodate child care. Schedules will not always be the same for a couple but there will be overlapping days.

• Fence building (permanent and temporary)
• Mowing with ATV
• Work outdoors in all types of weather
• Working with cattle (dairy and beef)
o Rotational grazing
o Assisting with calving and medical as needed
o Milking
• Working with poultry
o Moving poultry tractors daily on pasture
o Processing and packaging broilers
o Collecting, washing, and packaging eggs
o Feeding and watering broilers and layers
• Working with pigs (feeding and rotational grazing)
• Working with greenhouse produce (planting, harvesting, watering, etc)
• Marketing
o Assisting with local seasonal farmer’s markets
o Planning/packing for markets
o Interacting with customers for sales and answering questions
o Delivery of farm products to retail store customers
• Assist with maintenance and farm building construction
• Ability to lift up to 50lbs repeatedly
• No smoking or vaping allowed on the farm property or in vehicles (no tobacco use of any kind)
• Good customer interaction skills
• Willing and able to make decisions in a fluid working environment

Food Provided

Discounts on pork, poultry and beef. Milk and eggs provided. Produce available when garden is in production.

Expectations

• Ability to pass a drug test
• Driver’s License with clean driving record
• $100 stipend/week plus accommodations
• No peanut allergies as we have peanuts or peanut products in several feeds

*Serious inquiries only. Must have a strong desire to work with animals and realize this six-month internship program requires a lot of manual work in all weather conditions. Housing available 2 miles from farm.

Be prepared to come and work. This is not a desk job in an air conditioned office but you will learn many aspects of regenerative farming and be part of a farm operation which is rapidly expanding.

Veterans welcome to apply!

Application Process

*Please send resume with any professional references to: jim@whiteoadmeadows.com

We will respond via e-mail and if interested, will follow up with a phone interview followed by an on farm, in-person meeting.

There will be an initial one week trial period.

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