Summer Farm Intern Program
Now Accepting Applications for 2022!
Founded in 2003, Pennypack Farm & Education Center (“PFEC”) is a 13-acre non-profit diversified vegetable farm growing with organic methods in Horsham, PA (eastern Montgomery county). Our mission as a non-profit organization is to Grow, Give and Teach: We run a 350+ member Summer CSA and 160 member Winter CSA and attend the Ambler Farmer’s Market. We run a robust Produce Giving Program, working with local hunger relief organizations to distribute high-quality, local nutritious produce to those facing food insecurity. As an education center, we focus on teaching our community about the importance of local sustainable agriculture through programming. We also teach the next generation of farmers through our farmer training programs (apprenticeship & internship).
We are seeking farming interns for the 2022 Summer season. Our farm internship program is designed for people interested in gaining experience working on a medium scale organic farm, learning about local sustainable agriculture. During the 12-week summer farm internship, interns will be engaged in farming tasks including planting, harvesting, weeding, trellising, and irrigation. Candidates must be comfortable working on their feet doing physical work for long periods of time. We do not require interns to have any previous farming experience; as an education center we are excited to share our knowledge about farming and provide our interns with a fulfilling experience that will be useful to them regardless of future career path. Comfort with being outdoors and physically active is encouraged.
In this internship, we anticipate our interns will come to appreciate:
- the work involved in producing sustainable local food
- how sustainable agricultural practices support environmentally sound land stewardship
- the social/community-building value of CSA farming
About our internship:
Interns should have housing in our area and reliable transportation to and from the farm;
Hours will vary: Interns will work Monday-Friday most weeks and Tuesday- Saturday (half day on Saturday) every 4th week.
Interns are expected to work 40 hours a week for 12 weeks; start/end date depends on individual schedule, usually in the May-September window.
Interns receive a total stipend of $3,500 for the summer internship
Interns must be physically able to lift 30 pounds, walk and bend over for extended periods of time, and able to work under adverse conditions such as rain, heat, humidity and cold.
Must pass a criminal background check and child abuse clearance.
If you are interested in applying for PFEC’s Summer Internship, please email Farm Manager Kirstie Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org and include:
Subject line: Internship Application
Cover letter answering the following questions:
- Why has sustainable agriculture piqued your interest? Why do you want to spend a summer farming?
- Why Pennypack Farm?
- Tell us about any relevant experience.
- What will you bring to the position?
- Anything more we should know about you? Any interesting talents, hobbies?
Pennypack Farm is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. PFEC encourages women, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ applicants. PFEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected factor.