Internship Program

2020 Season

We Are Seeking Applicants for Our 2020 Internship Program!

Asgaard Farm & Dairy (“Asgaard”) is a goat dairy, creamery and diversified livestock and poultry farm nestled in the breathtaking Adirondack State Park.  We are part of a vibrant agricultural community within close proximity to the High Peaks.

We intensively graze 60+ milking does and a 100% grass-fed beef herd alongside our broiler chickens, meat ducks and laying hens, which provide fertility and parasite management for our pastures. Our creamery produces seven distinct award-winning cheeses, caramels and soaps. We also raise pigs in our woodlands and they are fed whey from the creamery. The farm is proud to use organic management practices and be certified Animal Welfare Approved.  Asgaard is a sustainably managed farm driven by regenerative farming methods, totally committed to renewable energy use and conservation practices necessary to respond to the climate change challenge. 

The internship program is an exciting and at the same time demanding total immersion diversified farm experience.  Interns help with the full range of dairy and creamery production tasks alongside experienced farmers and cheesemakers responsible for the operations at Asgaard. 

We have one, or possibly two, internship openings available: 

SEASONAL INTERNS (2): May-October 2020 

Program This internship spans the full array of activities that occur here at Asgaard Farm from livestock and poultry management to creamery operations.  

Program Activities Interns will participate in as many aspects of our diversified farm and dairy as possible including multi-species rotational grazing, goat kid care, feeding and care of the various livestock groups and poultry processing. The creamery experience includes handling/preparation of milk, making pasteurized and raw milk cheeses, caring for aged cheese and packaging and maintaining an immaculate creamery environment.    

Farm and Dairy:

  • Livestock care – learn the key elements including feeding practices, grass-based pasture management, routine veterinary tasks, genetics and breeding. 
  • On-farm poultry – participate in pasture-based poultry management and on-farm processing.
  • General farm chores – assist with daily chores including twice-a-day feeding, mucking barns and other cleaning, setting up and breaking down temporary livestock grazing paddocks, light repairs and other regular tasks, exposure to equipment operation and maintenance. 

Creamery:

  • Care for cheeses, “affinage” (cave work – turning, brushing and washing cheeses as they ripen).
  • Package cheese.
  • Creamery wash-up and cleaning.
  • Assist with cheese makes. 

Sales and Marketing:

  • Drive to, set-up and selling at farmers markets weekly.
  • Assist in hosting special events at the farm, including the Essex County Cheese Tour as well as school group and other visits.
  • Assist with orders and deliveries.
  • Assist with the on-farm store. 

The ideal applicants are passionate about knowing where their food comes from, cheese, working with animals, and being in a learning environment as part of a hard-working team. 

Training, Compensation, Hours and Housing Hands-on, immersive training in diversified livestock and poultry management and farmstead creamery operations; we also facilitate tours, workshops and pasture-walk opportunities on other local farms and dairies for interns. 

This is an unpaid internship, however we pay a $500 bi-weekly stipend.  Interns will work 5½ days per week with consecutive 1½ days off. Days may be extra-long depending on the type of cheese make, when processing chickens, haymaking or when special events are on the calendar. Expect rotating days indoors in the creamery and outdoors on the farm.  

We offer shared housing on the farm in a comfortable duplex.  Each unit has 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, an eat-in-kitchen and a sitting room.  A common laundry room connects both sides of the house.  All utilities plus high-speed internet are included.   

Surplus food raised on the farm is available to interns free of charge.  This includes goat milk, goat cheese, goat meat, chicken, pork, beef, eggs and veggies.

Interns are responsible for their own health insurance. 

Essential Competencies for a Successful Internship 

  • Curiosity, keen observation skills and a desire to learn.
  • A high level of attention to detail.
  • Driver’s license and a clean driving record.
  • Ability to work outdoors in variable weather conditions.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. with little to no difficulty.
  • Capable of working alone and with a team.
  • Comfortable working in dirty as well as immaculate environments.
  • Previous exposure to farming a plus but not a necessity.
  • Previous animal or food science/culinary experience a plus but not a necessity.
  • A healthy sense of humor.
  • A strong work ethic, cooperative nature, and positive “can do” attitude. 

Deadline The application review process is from December, 2019 through February, 2020.  Internships run from the beginning of May through the end of October, 2020, although earlier starting dates are possible.

Application Please send your resume, a letter explaining why you are interested in this position and 3 references to farmer@asgaardfarm.com.

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