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Farm Hand

Internship

General Description

Procter Center Farm is a production and educational, 6-acre, diversified vegetable and livestock farm in Central Ohio. We supply Procter Camp & Conference Center with a substantial amount of fresh produce, operate a farmers market stand in Columbus, and Procter Store in London, OH. Each season, we offer up to 30 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares, and donate to local community organizations. We extend our season with a greenhouse, hoop house, raised beds and row covers. Though not certified, we use only use organic practices to grow our food.

At Procter, we recognize the connection between the land, our labor, our food, our bodies, and our spirit. We engage each element with due conscience as we are cultivating healthier persons and a more just society.

Internship Description

We are looking for intern farm hands to work 40 hours per week from May through October (full-season), or May to August (short-season). Interns will participate in every job a small organic farm requires. This includes, but is not limited to, greenhouse work, high-tunnel work, soil prep, seeding, transplanting, watering, weeding, harvesting, regularly lifting 20 to 50-pound loads, feeding animals, collecting eggs, maintaining equipment, mowing, raking, working farm markets and Procter Store, digging, and providing farm tours for our summer campers and visitors. The intern must be able to work well independently or as part of a team, depending on the staffing needed for the task. 

Interns must successfully pass a state and federal background check. A valid driver’s license is required.

Our Mission Statement

Procter Center provides a safe, inviting, and spacious rural setting that cultivates spiritual formation, models sustainable living, and celebrates God’s love and reconciliation through hospitality, prayer, study, work, and play.

Skills Required

  • Team-focused
  • Self-starter
  • Crew-work experience
  • Comfortable using power tools and motorized equipment or willing to learn
  • Comfortable driving a truck and tractor or willing to learn
  • Lift and carry 50+ pounds
  • Work with families and kids
  • Basic money addition
  • Basic record-keeping
  • Experience using Google Calendar

Skills Desired

Interns should possess a philosophical enthusiasm for sustainable agriculture, conservation, and hard work. Practical knowledge and experience in organic gardening and/or marketing is an advantage, but not required. It is also helpful if interns can cook, as we do test recipes for our CSAs, and often have cooking demonstrations at farm markets. We are looking for people who demonstrate responsibility, integrity, reliability, initiative, creativity, and a strong work ethic.

Educational Opportunities

Interns will learn the fundamentals of operating a small organic farm from seed to sales. They will have the opportunity to learn the agricultural/botanical elements as well as the business end of the operation. Not only will interns learn on the job about soil, irrigation, pest management, tool use, planting schedules, and more, but will also learn about marketing and sales at our farmer’s market stands and the Procter Store. Interns are often able to receive class credit for their internship. Please speak to your advisor about details. 

Schedule

All-staff days are every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, so that we may have appropriate coverage for harvesting and events. Sundays through Wednesdays, there is a rotating schedule to ensure that everyone gets two days off per week, but that there is also always at least one person tending to the farm animals and completing the daily tasks.

Meals 

Interns will have access to excess farm produce and usually meals provided by Procter Center’s kitchen. Meals are only served to employees on camp and event days.

Housing

Interns will be provided housing on the farm. This could be in the form of a house, eco-pod, or a cabin. Accommodations are modest and comfortable. Interns will have access to hot showers and possibly a shared kitchen. Wi-Fi is not always available in the cabins, but access to Wi-Fi is always available in the center’s main building, Hobson Hall.

Stipend: $600 per month.

To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to procterfarm@proctercenter.org. Please title the email, Farm Hand 2021. If you have worked on a farm before, please provide the farm name and contact information as one of your three references.