Internships

**** Accepting Applications for Winter**** Winter interns will plan and implement goat breeding, goat pedigrees, plan and prep 2020 produce, design spring chicken tractors, and design a walking “Agape” garden.

Thank you for your interest in working with Barreras Family Farm! Our internships are designed to educate individuals and engage our community in the conversation of small-scale farming, humane animal husbandry, and sustainable farming practices. We accept interns on a rolling basis based on our seasonal needs.

The farm has a flock of chickens, goats, cattle, pigs, rabbits, horses, and garden. Internships last from three to six months and can be tailored to the student’s specific areas of interest.  Depending on the time of year, internships may include an in-depth emphasis on raw milk production, general farm duties, community education, caring for kid goats, breeding, infrastructure, flock/herd management, pasture management, marketing, sales, grant writing, and sustainability. 

Spring-emphasis on kidding, planting, infrastructure (6-15 hours a week)

Summer– emphasis on sales, education, management (6-15 hours a week)

Fall– emphasis on sales, education, management (6-15 hours a week)

Winter-emphasis on planning, breeding, marketing, sales, grant writing, spring prep/planting, infrastructure, planning, planning, and more planning (6-15 hours a week)

Please review the program description, submit an application, and email our office to arrange for an interview.

Please contact barrerasfamilyfarm@gmail.com with additional questions. Thank you!

Program Specifics

Duration of program: Approximately 3 months

Internship start date: Rolling basis

**Orientation will be held 1-2 weeks prior to internship start date

What You Will Do – All procedures related to farm chores, producing beef, pork, eggs, raw goat milk, produce, and farm education

*please let us know your preferred area of interest (see below)

  • Participate in all milking procedures; prepare milk room, milk 6-8 does, bottle fresh milk, sanitize milking equipment
  • Participate in a combination of morning and evening farm chores. This will include (but is not limited to) setting up electric fence and solar box, moving goats, cows, chickens to and from different grazing locations on the property, ensuring all livestock have adequate food and water, barn/yard cleaning and preparation, hoof trimming, restocking bales of grass and alfalfa.
  • Assist all farm staff in general daily farm operations— Interns report directly to the Farm Manager
  • Work with Barreras Family Farm volunteers on daily chore shifts
  • Assist in various educational programs; visiting hours, tours, field trips

What You Will Learn: Goats

  • All steps required to methodically, kindly, and safely milk dairy goats
  • How to cleanly hand milk a goat in order to be able to distribute raw milk
  • How to give a hand milking demonstration for our educational programming
  • Food safety guidelines and procedures as pertaining to raw milk production
  • How to humanely care for a herd; herd health, milking cycles of does, safety precautions
  • Procedures and benefits of rotational grazing
  • Procedures and benefits of rotational composting
  • Bottle feeding and weaning kid goats – depends on season

What You Will Learn: Chickens

  • All steps required to methodically and safely prepare eggs for sale/distribution
  • How to give a chicken demonstration for our educational programming
  • Food safety guidelines and procedures as pertaining to egg handling
  • How to humanely care for a flock; flock health, feeding, testing, safety precautions
  • Procedures and benefits of rotational grazing
  • Procedures and benefits of rotational composting
  • Chicks and Rent-a-Chick Education program-depends on season

What You Will Learn: Cattle

  • Food safety guidelines and procedures as pertaining to beef production
  • How to humanely care for a herd; herd health and safety precautions
  • Procedures and benefits of rotational grazing
  • Procedures and benefits of rotational composting
  • How to give a bottle feeding demonstration for our educational programming
  • Bottle feeding and weaning calves – depends on season

What You Will Learn: Produce

  • Food safety guidelines and procedures as pertaining to vegetable and fruit production
  • Selecting, prepping, caring for plants (seed to harvest depending on season)
  • Composting, drainage, and other field prep and care
  • Sustainable practices for pest control
  • Sales and display importance of product

What You Will Learn: Business

  • Marketing
  • Funding
  • General farm planning and strategy (all product areas)
  • Sales
  • Grants

Our Expectations

  • Three month commitment, 6-15 hours per week (depending on season)
  • Respectful and conscious communication with Barreras Family Farm staff, landowners, volunteers, visitors to the farm, and the animals
  • Timely attendance
  • Adherence to all milk production, animal care, and farm safety protocol
  • Commitment and consistent attendance is critical. Interns are expected to adhere to a schedule absent circumstances outside of their control. The inability to do so may result in a disqualification from the internship program

Monthly Schedule

  • Internship is a three month program, some weekend commitment required. Never Sundays. This is our farm family’s day for Church and Family and we want you to have that also.
  • The position requires on-site attendance of approximately 6-15 hours every week. This includes milking/chores as well as participating in milking demonstrations for on-site visitors during tours and/or visiting hours and farmers markets (visiting hours and markets will be on Saturdays)
  • Interns will be assigned a weekly schedule which will include both morning and evening chores shifts
  • Shift times vary depending on season and require some flexibility. Example: Morning chores run approximately 7:00am-10:00am and evenings run 4:30pm-7:30pm.
  • During the months of May – October, interns will work 1-2 shifts per month at our public visiting hours (Saturdays 10am-4pm) and farmers markets (Saturdays 4am-1pm)

Qualifications

Barreras Family Farm seeks individuals who are interested in learning about sustainable agricultural practices, land conservation, and humane animal husbandry. Our interns should have a desire to work in a small team of very enthusiastic farmers and have an interest in small-scale dairy operations, pastured chickens/beef/pork, learn farm business strategies, and educate the community.

Other qualifications include:

  • 2 strong references; 1 professional and 1 personal
  • Ability to work in wet, cold, and hot environments
  • Ability to lift/move water buckets, hay bales, and other heavy objects— up to 50 pounds
  • Interns working with our educational programs must pass a background check
  • CPR & First Aid Certification not required but a plus

Benefits of an Internship with Barreras Family Farm

  • Hands-on understanding of the inner workings of a farm
  • Learn about the inner operations of marketing, communication, and sales
  • Contribute to community engagement and outreach involving sustainable farming practices and humane animal husbandry
  • Some hours may be eligible for school credit
  • Hours may be eligible for FSA/USDA loan requirements

Interns are required to attend all days of internship program with the exception of family emergency or illness. Interns understand that the internship is on a volunteer basis and they have no expectation of compensation.  Upon successful completion of the internship, interns may be eligible to receive a stipend of farm products (meat, honey, eggs, soap) up to $300 value.

Thank you for your interest in joining our team— we look forward to hearing from you!