Springhouse Farm Internship Application
Springhouse Farm is a certified organic and GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) farm. All interns will be required to attend a one day on-farm training to learn about our standards and get a tour of the farm. The purpose of our internship is to teach you through hands on experiencehow to run a small scale, organic farm, which is why we encourage you to work for an entire growing season.We primarily grow vegetables, shiitake mushrooms, and raise pastured pigs. We also have a small fruit tree orchard and blueberry bushes.We have high and low tunnels for season extension and a greenhouse to start our vegetable plants. Our markets include 2 CSA’s, a multi-farm CSA, farmers market, on farm produce stand, local restaurants and New Appalachia, a wholesale distributor.We host multiple farm tours and school groups, as well as seasonal farm potlucks and pig-pickins’.
Farm work is heaviest April-September, but we are able to build an internship that works for both of us. Internship begin and end dates are flexible, but a commitment is required. Full time interns (40 hours/week) will receive a stipend of $400/month and vegetables. Part time interns (20 hours/week) will receive a stipend of $200/month and vegetables. Volunteer opportunities are also available.
A typical day on the farm is from 8am-5pm, with an hour lunch break. We work rain or shine if we can get into the fields. Farm work includes: planting, seeding, weeding, fertilizing, harvesting, cleaning, packaging and delivering produce. Livestock maintenance includes: feeding/watering, picking up food compost from different stores, fence maintenance, planting forage crops and rotating livestock through different fields.
If you’re interested in an internship on Springhouse Farm, please fill out the application and return it via email: or mail: 433 Silverstone Rd, Vilas, NC 28692
We look forward to growing with you!
Date of Birth:
Social Security #:
Did you attend High School? ______Graduation Year ______
Name: ______# of years______Graduated?______
Work Experience:(Experience is not required, but helps us to best match the needs of the farm and the intern)
Describe farming experience you may have:
Have you worked with farm animals?
List any other work or volunteer experience in the past 5 years:
Length of Internship
Date you would like to start Internship:
Date you would like to end Internship:
Are you applying for PT or FT Internship, as a student Intern, or volunteer Intern?
Different types of internships: Student internships are for university credit and unpaid, a gas stipend is available for student interns working 20 hours or more each week. Part time internships are 20 hours a week (we come up with a schedule that works for both of us) and are paid $200/month. Full time internships are 40 hours a week and are paid $400/month. Volunteer internships are generally people who can't commit to being on the farm a lot due to work or school schedules. In this situation, we sit down and arrange a schedule that works for both of us. A gas stipend is available for volunteer interns working 20 hours or more each week. The most important thing is commitment. Whether it's two days or four days a week, whether it's helping in the fields, with livestock, or at market, the most important thing is consistency.Preference is given to interns who can commit to a minimum of two months.
Any Interns requesting academic credit must get pre-authorization from their home institution and Springhouse Farm.
Goals & Objectives
What are your goals/objectives for an Internship at Springhouse? Note any specific areas of interest.
Please tell us something interesting about yourself (hobbies, accomplishments, ambitions, etc.)What strengths can you contribute to the farm?
Farming requires a commitment. Does this meet your objectives?
Are you in good health and able to do strenuous work? Are you able to lift at least 50 pounds?
Have you ever been convicted of a felony, have a criminal record or any vehicle/driving violations? Are you registered with any law enforcement agency?
Do you have a valid driver’s license? From which State? Can you drive a manual truck?
List two references that we may contact. At least one if not both of these references should be people you have worked for/within a non-academic setting.
If you have additional questions regarding this Internship, please feel free to email or call regarding additional questions.
Thank you for your application to Springhouse Farm!
I, ______do hereby certify that I am at least 18 years old. In signing below, I certify that I understand and agree to, in full, the Internship responsibilities, requirements and conditions outlined above.
I commit to engaging in this internship for the following dates. ______(date).
In the case of a medical emergency, I grant the agents of Springhouse Farm to transport me to the nearest medical facility, and to contact the "Emergency Contact" individual listed below. Health insurance is mandatory.
I understand that the Springhouse Farm internship program is primarily an educational opportunity, and in no way constitutes employment or an offer of employment.
Emergency Contact Name: ______
Emergency Contact Phone: ______
Health Insurance Company: ______
Policy#: ______Phone: ______
Physician: ______Phone: ______
Last tetanus Shot: ______
Known Allergies (food, insects, drugs): ______
Springhouse Farm agreement with Interns/Apprentices
Waiver must be signed by applicant or legal guardian if applicant is under 18 years of age. Drug abuse will not be tolerated.Health insurance is mandatory.
WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY
For and in consideration of the internship in which I have chosen to participate, I, on behalf of myself, my heirs, executors, trustees, personal representatives, wards and assigns, as applicable, do hereby fully and without any reservation of any kind whatsoever, waive, release and hold blameless Springhouse Farm and its officers, directors, agents, and employees, for any personal injury or death that I may suffer, whether by omission, commission, or negligence (INCLUDING, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, INSTANCES OF RECKLESSNESS OR WHERE STRICT LIABILITY OF THE FARM MAY APPLY) of Springhouse Farm.
In making this full, final and unequivocal release, I hereby acknowledge that the premises where the internship is occurring contains agriculture equipment and fixtures that may constitute a hazardous area and can result in serious personal injury or death resulting from the use thereof, including, without limitation, collapse, falling objects, leaks, spills, tripping, slipping, falling down and other foreseen or unforeseen, known or unknown, apparent or hidden perils, hazards and conditions existing on these premises.
Notwithstanding each and every such risk, peril, hazard and condition which may now or hereafter exist on the premises, I hereby acknowledge and appreciate the existence of all of such matters and hereby fully and unequivocally assume any and all such risks of personal injury or death to myself directly or indirectly associated therewith.
I acknowledge and agree that my agreement to the terms hereof is a material inducement and a condition precedent to the granting of permission by Springhouse Farm. To the fullest extent permitted by laws and regulations, I, on behalf of myself, my heirs, executors, trustees, personal representatives wards and assigns, as
applicable, shall defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Springhouse Farm, its officers, directors, agents, and employees from and against all claims, damages, losses, court costs and expenses, direct or indirect, including negligence (including but not limited to fees and charges of physicians, attorneys, and other professionals) and medical expenses relating to any personal injury or death suffered directly or indirectly by me during my participation.
The parties agree that to the extent the written terms of this release conflict with North Carolina state laws, statutes, or public policy, the written terms of this Release shall be deemed by any court of competent jurisdiction to be modified in the most limited extent possible and in such a manner as to be in full and complete compliance with all such laws, statutes, or public policy, and to not contain any unenforceable, or prohibited term or terms, such that this Release shall be fully enforceable in accordance with and to the greatest extent permitted by North Carolina Law.
I acknowledge that I have read the foregoing and agree to be fully bound thereby.
Witness contact info: