Our intern Martin, standing with the Salatin style grazing pens he built summer of 2012.
The growing season is fast approaching! Green pastures are right around the corner! Last year we were blessed to have our intern, Martin find us! He helped in so many ways and allowed me sometime to tackle extra tasks and look into different markets.
So this year I've decided to go on a search! Could you be the right person to join us here on our small farm? Do you know someone who would love to explore and learn about multi-species grazing and marketing all-natural products? I would love to hear from you!
Farm Description: 28 acres of pasture, a small woodlot and lawn (yes I graze that too!) located Cobleskill, NY. The land is managed in an intensive rotational management system with multiple species of livestock. All meat and eggs are sold through farmers markets (physical and online), small retail outlets, restaurant sales, and on-farm sales. A goal for 2013 is to establish buying clubs with monthly drop-off locations.
Pasture Raised Poultry:
Meat Chickens - Heritage Red Cornish and Cornish-Rock Cross chickens
Turkey - Heritage Bourbon Red and Broad-Breasted White turkeys.
Laying Hens - a mixed flock of 60-120 colorful egg layers who free range the pastures in their egg-mobile, acting as our farm's "insecticide" as they forage.
Poultry is either processed on farm or at nearby state inspected facilities.
Katahdin hair sheep - 100% grassfed. Lambing begins late April - May with the focus of the lambs being born in warmer weather on lush pastures. The sheep act as the main grazers on the farm and lead the way for the chickens.
Meat Rabbit - New Zealand and California breed genetics. Pasture raised when possible.
Depending on the right person, I am also open to the idea of raising pigs and veal calves this season.
- Daily watering, feeding and pasture rotation of broiler chickens, laying hens, and sheep
- Management of chick brooder
- Assist with sales of products on farm and at farmers markets
- Assisting with product processing & packaging
Qualifications: Experience is not necassary but common sense and attitude are EVERYTHING! As an intern at Black Willow Pond Farm you should possess the following:
- enjoy working with animals and show respect to them.
- willingness to work in all weather conditions
- willingness to learn and be teachable
- ability to lift 50lbs on regular basis required (more is often the case :o)
- construction skills are very valuable
- valid driver's license. This is a rural area and a car may be desired.
- be willing to work around small children. I have two boys who work along side us quite often.
Interns will receive housing on-farm with meals provided and a small weekly stipend. You will also have the ability to attend workshops and conferences as well as opportunities at other local farms in the area if you choose.
To apply for the position, please contact me by email: info@blackwillowpondfarm.
Please provide a short description about yourself and why you would like to intern at Black Willow Pond Farm. I will contact you to continue our conversation with follow up questions and set up a visit to the farm.
Yes this is the question I keep asking myself! As if playing the role of mom, wife, and farmer aren't enough! And how can I forget positions of marketing and advertising! I have a hard enough time keeping up with emails, updating our website, Facebook posts and returning phone calls regarding orders....yet now I've have the "yearning" to start a Blog!
Honestly, part of me feels like: well, no one is going to read this so why take the time to struggle and write (type) something into a blog. But then a bigger part of me has the desire to share my passion for agriculture with those who are so far removed from where their food comes from and how it is produced....ohh, and WHO produces it! So really I feel that if I can share that passion, educate and perhaps even help connect the consumer with the less then 2% of the farmers in this country who provide the food on their table then my time trying to figure out this blog "thing" will be worth it!
While I'm not sure what I should share or what may be of interest to read and Lord knows my grammar will not be perfect, but I do hope you get a few laughs and maybe even learn something out of the crazyness of life found here on a little family farm, in rural upstate New York (Yes, New York does have more then skyscrapers and designer handbags!)
So thank you for finding time to read my first blog, now for me to just find the time to write the second one!
Carrie grew up on a small dairy farm in downstate New York. After attending Morrisville State College and Cornell University, she continued her passion for agriculture in careers as a herd manager on a large dairy and working for Cornell Cooperative Extension. A handful of years living in North Carolina and working for NC State exposed Carrie to southern agriculture and beach life! A leap of faith has brought the family back to rural upstate New York, where Carrie now "practices what she preached" in small, sustainable agriculture production, along with now raising two small boys in a farm family tradition.