Farmstead Goat Dairy in Virginia Seeks Kidding Season Interns! Central Virginia USA


United States

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 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

  • Description


    Our farm has been raising happy goats and making artisan cheese in central Virginia since 2007. We are a farmstead dairy and raise our goats on the same property where we make our cheese.

    Place-based education is important to us. We host cheesemaking classes, culinary workshops, and other events encouraging people to get a peek into their local food systems.

    We are a woman-owned business & embrace and respect the diversity of our employees and our community.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Language practice

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are a small farm, so interns will get to be a part of a variety of aspects that go into running a small business. We raise goats, make cheese, and run many events and educational workshops through our space. During kidding season, most of the work centers around caring for the baby goats, but the business is diversified enough that there are opportunities for self-starting interns to learn and help with other parts of the business that interest them.

    We are located 20 minutes from Scottsville, VA & 40 minutes from Charlottesville, VA. This is definitely a rural setting, it is wooded and serene and we are situated amongst creeks, rivers and mountains. We are close to the "Brew Ridge" beer trail and near many Virginia wineries. The small towns surrounding us also have lots to offer. Scottsville is quaint and has a couple of cool shops, breweries, etc. while Charlottesville is a bit bigger. The University of Virginia is located in Charlottesville so there are many young people in the area. Charlottesville is home to lots of awesome restaurants, breweries, music venues & shops. We suggest having your own transportation so that you can experience everything our area has to offer.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

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    We are a farmstead goat dairy in Esmont, Virginia (just outside of Charlottesville). We produce award winning goat's milk cheeses and host a variety of agritourism events and classes on the farm.

    We are looking to fill two farm apprentice positions to assist our employees during the 2019 Kidding/Cheesemaking Season. We are a working farm with a small team, so you will get to experience many of the different aspects that go into running a busy farmstead.

    Duties would include:

    Assistance w/ birthing, caring for, and feeding of 100+ baby goats
    -care of livestock guardian dogs & small flock of laying hens
    - several milking shifts per week (does get milked twice a day)
    - cheesemaking & local distribution
    - on farm events

    We are looking for someone who isn't afraid to get their hands dirty while learning about the inner-workings of a farmstead dairy. You must love animals, but also understand that our living comes from producing animal-based products. We work in all weather conditions to keep our animals happy. A lot of your time will be spent on a serene farm with 200+ goats, but because we host events, there is a social aspect to this work as well. You must be willing to interact in both types of situations.

    We are looking for people who are 18 or older and have their own transportation. If you speak Spanish that is a major plus.

    As a working, production farm we are not able to accommodate non-human guests. We have dogs and cats here and love all others but unfortunately cannot offer positions to anyone who needs to be traveling with their animal companions.

    Starting Date:

    Around April 1st

    Ending date: (One month stay minimum)

    Around June 15th

    Weekly stipend, food and board in private basement apartment with cooking facilities and private bathroom.

    Serious inquiries only.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Cozy basement apartment with access to bathroom, kitchenette, and laundry.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Hours expected

    9-5, 5 days- max 40 hours /week

Host ref number: 939556497245