Big Train Farm

Rhode Island Certified Organic Vegetables Since 2008

Internship

Joe & Danni

The application period for 2017 internships is now closed.

We run a tight, high-energy, high-humor vegetable business, which supplies a sizable CSA and maintains a diverse whole-sale clientele in southern New England. In offering an internship position we make available the education on-farm and off-farm necessary to operating and sustaining a farm in this difficult, often unpredictable business. We seek to work with and train individuals who will take their internship experience and serve their communities as either farmers or citizens.

Farm work will take place mostly on our property in Chepachet, RI (across from 1007 Snake Hill Rd, Chepachet, RI 02814) as well as our rental property in Cranston (35 Pippin Orchard Rd, Cranston, RI 02920).

What we have to offer an intern includes the following:

  • On-farm experience and training in year-round farm management skills including: planning, planting, harvesting, packing, marketing, and employee management.
  • On-farm time, special preference in working side by side with manager.
  • Full and complete records and explanations for: seeding schedules, planting schedules, field plan, previous year field records, fertility plans and crop analysis.
  • Full explanation and access to Cash Flow documents, Business Balance Sheets
  • Monthly teach-ins in March, April, May, September, and October. These will be off-farm educational work-shops covering: Soil Science and Structure, Plant Nutrition and Fertility, Crop Rotation and Organic Theory, Understanding and Keeping Farm Records, and Marketing/Farming Opportunities.
  • Free access to 3 Class Soil, Plant, and Farm Methodology Course taught by BTF manager John Kenny in Providence in March, April.
  • Internship experience provides you with equivalent to management experience in regards to the Farm Service Agency, the loan arm of the USDA.
  • Part-time work in March, April
  • Full-time work in May through November
  • The equivalent to a full-share of vegetables and eggs in the CSA
  • Good times and great people

 

What we require from an intern:

  • References and Interview
  • Simple respect for the job: being on time, staying focused and staying in good spirits around the crew
  • Working hard and fast. I don’t expect you to always keep up with me, but I would like you to try.
  • Management of workers and volunteers is a huge part of running a farm. Part of your responsibilities will be to work with other people and be able to work through jobs in my absence. * Some-times I will be pre-occupied and we will only work with each other in passing or we will be broken into groups to accomplish tasks.
  • Being comfortable driving trucks (being safe).
  • Familiarity with the barn and the facilities. Know what and where our equipment is and, over time, be familiar with what we need for what we’re doing and when we’re doing it.
  • Be available for these shifts: Part-time shifts in March-May are negotiable. Full-time shifts will be as follows: Sunday-Monday 7am-12pm, 2pm-6pm.  Tuesday 6am-12pm, 2pm-6pm. Wednesday 8am-12pm. Friday 8am-12pm, 1pm-4pm.
  • Keep me in line. If there is something that you are not getting from the internship let me know ASAP so we can correct it.

Compensation

  • Weekly Payroll $10/hour
  • Up to a Full Share in the CSA with eggs.

References
Refer to our past interns for details about what you’re in for. Ask smart questions to get an idea if this is something you’ll be committed to.  We have not had a formal intern for 2 years.

2014 Intern – Victoria Stilwell (victoriasaurus AT gmail DOT com)

2014 Intern – Dakota White (dwhite_6192 AT email.ric DOT edu)

2013 intern – Joseph Goodale (joseph_goodale AT alumni.brown DOT edu)

2013 intern – Danni Simonik (dannielleelias AT gmail DOT com)

2012 intern – Alejandro Brambila (alejandrobrambila AT gmail DOT com)