The Certain Path to Starting Your Own Farm
Gain years of experience, in one season of learning!
Pike Valley Farm is a Certified Organic Pasture based livestock farm. We produce pastured pork, 100% grass-fed beef, and pastured poultry. We use the Polyface model and our farm manager trained under Joel Salatin at Polyface farm. We direct market to area restaurants, grocery stores, colleges, local buying clubs and through on-farm sales. We manage 210 acres on Herrington Lake, in Lancaster, Kentucky. Along with the work, the farm provides recreational opportunities on the lake.
Internship Starts: Start Dates Vary
Internship Ends: 4 months after start date
Number of Interns: 3
App Deadline: Apply Now – First to apply recieve priority consideration
Minimum Length of Stay: 4 Months
Meals: A group dinner is prepared 1 day a week. Other meals are with other interns and include meat, eggs, and seasonal vegetables. Garden space is available for growing extra veggies. Basic food staples are also provided.
Skills Desired: Attitude is everything. If you have a great attitude, you will do very well. While previous farm experience might prove helpful, it is not necessary. Many previous interns had no farm backgrounds and they are now running their own operations full time. Beyond this, our farm is seeking people with a strong work ethic and a genuine interest in agriculture. Ideal candidates would balance self-motivation with a willingness to seek and accept direction (You are here to learn, and we take our responsibility to teach very seriously.)
Educational Opportunities: Interns can expect to learn about all aspects of production, handling, and distribution of pastured livestock, and high quality meats. Moving chickens, cows and pigs daily to fresh pasture.
In addition to on the job training, interns will have many opportunities for spontaneous learning and informal discussions concerning varied agricultural topics. As well as access to books, video libraries, and lectures.
Stipend: $100/month to cover misc. expenses. (This is not a paid internship) For those hand selected to complete a 12 month Apprenticeship, there is a $10,000 end of season bonus.(Interns much complete a 4 month internship to be selected)
Housing: Your housing is provided on farm. Nothing fancy. Internet access included. Full kitchen provided. Great community with great people.
Preferred Method Of Contact:
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We will email you a short questionnaire. This is followed by a phone interview
Internship Details: Pike Valley Farm’s internship program is one of the best educational opportunities in the country. Being selected is a significant step on your road to farming. You can be certain, you will leave with the skills to run a farm, and the experience to avoid the costly mistakes all new farmers make!
This is a working farm, and you can expected to work hard if you want to get the most out of this experience. Interns will be expected to work 55 hrs/wk, in conditions that are challenging and physically demanding.
Having said all this, we are committed to education and seeing our inters excel in the world of farming. If you are selected, we will do whatever it takes to see you leave ready to run a farm. Several interns have hired on with us following their internships they liked it so much. Others are now managing farms or businesses of their own. That is why an internship beats out a college Ag experience every time!