So, you want to be a farmer??? If you are serious about wanting to operate your own farm one day then this is the internship for you! This is not an opportunity for people interested in “trying their hand at gardening”.
An internship at Happy Hollow Farm will provide you with the opportunity to learn many of the skills you will need to be a successful small scale certified organic vegetable farmer.
These are a few of the things you will learn as an apprentice:
My first experience with Community Supported Agriculture was as a member of a CSA farm while in graduate school. I was hooked; you could say I had found my calling. But I didn’t know the first thing about farming! So, I attended a few organic farming conferences in upstate New York and everyone I talked to said I should intern on a few farms before venturing out on my own. I’m VERY thankful that I listened to their suggestions! I learned an enormous amount and am certain saved myself countless mistakes, time & money by working with other farmers.
When hiring interns/apprentices farming experience is definitely not the first thing I look for; what I do require are a willingness to work hard, learn what I have to teach and all the while enjoy what you are doing! If farming for a living is not truly your long term goal then you will find out very quickly that you will not be happy doing the extremely physical work day in and day out that farming requires.
My goal with providing an internship opportunity is to teach as much as I know about all aspects of farming from greenhouse work, in the field planting & weeding, planning/scheduling/organizing, bugs & diseases, equipment repair & maintenance, construction skills (when applicable), and everything else in between. While simultaneously working, working, working (in all weather) and having fun and enjoying the work while we do it.
An internship with Happy Hollow Farm will provide you with one of the fullest most in depth experiences you could hope for on a certified organic vegetable farm as well as an extensive learning opportunity for new farmers wanting to get their hands dirty and experience the good, the bad, the ugly & the immense rewards of organic farming.
Spring/Summer/Fall Season: April 1st thru October 31st.
Planning and preparation for the 24 week long summer & 8 week long winter CSA seasons begins long before share distributions actually start. Arriving in the spring will allow you to experience much of the behind the scenes work that it takes to provide 38 consecutive weeks of veggies to a CSA and farmers market. Working throughout the majority of the season will provide you with real insight into all that is involved in running a nearly year round vegetable farm.
Work Hours: 8:00-5:00 Monday thru Saturday (with a 1 hour lunch each day). These hours are a rough estimate as there are always days when we work longer or cut off early. This is NOT like any other job you’ve had. It is very weather dependent and if we have another year like 2010 I have to take advantage of every dry moment there is. One lunch each week (Thursday) will be potluck style and shared with all people on the farm that day.
Stipend & Housing & Food: $400/month, housing provided (near the farm), an Egg Share & a Single Share membership in the CSA for the 24 week season.
Scheduled class time: As this is an internship position there will be a one hour scheduled class time every other week and a book about farming that will be used as a semi-texbook (the farm will provide the book).
If you are interested in an internship at Happy Hollow Farm please complete the Internship Application & submit a cover letter including:
Please mail your application, cover letter and a copy of your resume to:
Happy Hollow Farm, LLC
17199 Happy Hollow Road
Jamestown, MO 65046
I typically work 9-10 hours per day, Monday thru Saturday. During the peak summer months it is not unusual to work 10 hours a day. Depending on skill level and interest, employees and interns will share the responsibilities of farmers market days (Saturdays) and/or lead a crew on Saturday mornings when CSA members come to the farm to fulfill their Farm Work Shifts. For 35 weeks of the year (April thru December), I follow a weekly harvest & delivery schedule for the CSA & farmers market. O n Tuesdays and Fridays the entire crew typically works all day harvesting and washing produce. That produce is stored overnight in our coolers, and on Wednesday afternoons CSA shares are delivered to Columbia where they are distributed to members. On Saturdays I sell at a large farmers market in Columbia, MO as well as distribute CSA shares at the market. On Wednesday afternoons and Thursdays the crew focuses on sowing seeds, weeding, transplanting, trellising and other various farm tasks.
I will consider part time and full time applicants for both employment positions. Click on one of the links below to read a job description and instructions for applying.
Application deadline: Applications will be accepted until positions have been filled.