Intern on a farm!


Big Train is offering TWO internships for 2013! Here is the application information:

Big Train Farm is a certified organic vegetable farm located at 35 Pippin Orchard Road in Cranston RI, about 20 minutes outside of Providence, RI. We run a tight, high-energy, high-humor vegetable business which supplies a sizable CSA and maintains a diverse whole-sale clientele in southern New England. In offering an internship position we make available the education on-farm and off-farm necessary to operating and sustaining a farm in this difficult, often unpredictable business. We seek to work with and train individuals who will take their internship experience and serve their communities as either farmers or citizens.

What we have to offer an intern includes the following:
  • On-farm experience and training in year-round farm management skills including: planning, planting, harvesting, packing, marketing, and employee management.
  • On-farm time, working side by side with manager.
  • Full and complete records and explanation for: seeding schedules, planting schedules, field plans, previous year field records, fertility plans and crop analysis.
  • Monthly teach-ins in March, April, May, September, and October.  These will be off-farm educational work-shops covering:  Soil Science and Structure, Plant Nutrition and Fertility, Crop Rotation and Organic Theory, Understanding and Keeping Farm Records, and Marketing Opportunities.
  • Free access to 3 Class Advanced Market Grower Series taught by BTF manager John Kenny in Providence in March, April.
  • Part-time work in March, April and May at reduced pay-scale
  • Full-time work in June through November at stipend pay
  • The equivalent to a full-share of vegetables in the CSA
  • Good times and great people

What we require from an intern:
  • References and Interview
  • Simple respect for the job: being on time, staying focused and staying in good spirits around the crew
  • Working hard and fast.  I don’t expect you to always keep up with me, but I would like you try.
  • Management of workers and volunteers is a huge part of running a farm.  Part of your responsibilities will be to work with other people and be able to work through jobs in my absence.  * Some-times I will be pre-occupied and we will only work with each other in passing or we will be broken into groups to accomplish tasks.
  • Being comfortable driving trucks (being safe).
  • Familiarity with the barn and the facilities.  Know what and where our equipment is and, over time, be familiar with what we need for what we’re doing and when we’re doing it.
  • Be available for these shifts.  Part-time shifts in March-May are negotiable.  Full-time shifts will be as follows: Sunday-Wednesday 6am-12pm, 2pm-6pm. Thursday 6am-12pm, 2pm-8pm. Friday 8am-12pm, 2pm-6pm. Thursday and Friday shifts will be rotated each week (one week working on Thursday with Friday off, next week working Friday with Thursday off) between two interns.  Thursday shift is morning at farm, afternoon in Providence at CSA pick-up.
  • Keep me in line.  If there is something that you are not getting from the internship let me know ASAP so we can correct it.
  • Weekly Stipend of $250.  This averages out to be $5/hour and compensates for the difference in weekly hours between Thursday and Friday shifts. I cannot compensate you for extra hours worked, but I will also not insist that you work past the times specified.  If you miss days your stipend will be affected by $50/day.
  • Up to a Full Share in the CSA.
What we do NOT offer:
  • Duel-internships for couples… sorry.
  • Housing, on-farm camping, etc…
  • On-farm meals, etc…
  • Access to our homes (located off the farm)
Interested applicants should email John from Big Train Farm at <>


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