Living Hope Farm is a 40 acre farm nestled in the rolling hills of Harleysville, in South Eastern Pennsylvania, about 40 minutes North of Philadelphia. The farm is positioned between the Branch and Indian Creeks overlooking a hillside of holsteins at the neighboring dairy farm. In the familiar trend of farms being sold for development, this farm is in the process or being preserved for long term sustainable farm operations. In short, this year we will grow produce for an 150-200 member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) as well as a local restaurants, and possibly one farmers market. The vision of Living Hope Farm is to incorporate many of the topics that are becoming important to people, including: healthy nutritious eating, sustainable agriculture, land stewardship and preservation, job training, as well as develop a greater understanding of one's connection to the land.
At Living Hope Farm, we are committed to creating and maintaining a connection between the well-being of people through a sustainable system of agriculture while holding fast to the idea that there are many underserved communities in our Philadelphia area. LHF seeks ways to balance the distribution of food we are able to grow with those areas that lack access to fresh-local-healthy food. In 2012 we will be doing this through shares we donate to underserved food banks, non-profit organizations working to assist those working their way out of homelessness, and individual families. We believe that by working directly with families and encouraging their involvement on the farm, teachable moments occur, relationships are developed, and a families gain a deeper understanding of a wholesome lifestyle of eating fresh food.
In 2013, Living Hope Farm will be entering its fourth year in operation as a CSA in an area where the idea of eating fresh, local, organic produce is growing. We are in need of five-six interns for the 2013 season, starting the first week of April-the end of October or mid-Nov. We welcome CSA workers with experience in growing and marketing and who find fulfillment in working with others in a group cooperative experience. We give great attention to purchasing and planning our seed orders for a diverse mix of produce and further attention to growing and handling to produce high quality vegetables.
As an intern you will gain experience in a variety of on farm tasks and reap a greater understanding of the whole process of taking produce from a seed to the table. You will also learn to dig deep in yourself to face hot long days of sunshine and withstand cool rains on your face. Additionally you will find farm work that is physically exhausting from seasonal long 10 -11 hour days and yet refreshing when you see the quality produce you assisted in growing and harvesting.
At Living Hope Farm volunteers/interns will share in a variety of tasks such as:
- Greenhouse operations: seeding, potting, transplanting, grafting, pest control, etc.
- Field work: cultivating, hand weeding, planting, trellising, irrigating, pest control, and harvesting
- Tractor understanding...hitching/unhitching.
- Packaging and Storage: washing, sorting harvested crops, quality control, and storage
- Marketing: working with CSA pick-up
Additionally LHF offers:
- Housing (non-smoking & no alcohol use) in a large, separate, ranch style home on the farm. The home allows interns to share several bedrooms, a kitchen, laundry, living space, 3 full baths, and utilities are provided.
- Wireless internet access is provided as well two bicycles to get around locally.
- Living Hope Farm produce is available for daily personal consumption
- Field trips: Visits to local farms producing a variety of agricultural products will broaden your vision for farming and its possibilities.
- Access to the farmers library and publications is available.
- Participation in on site educational opportunities
- Stipend is commensurate with experience.
Enhancing your Local Experience
Your days off can be spent enjoying the recreational, historical, and local amenities this larger community has to offer. This area of Montgomery County is rich in history with charming historic homes, barns, and springhouses among lush fields that you can see on walks from the farm or longer jaunts you may desire to take. Living Hope Farm is located within a short distance to biking and hiking trails, including the 19-mile Perkiomen Trail which runs through the Perkiomen Creek Valley to the largest County Park, Green Lane. In this 3400 acre park you can find hiking trails, picnic areas, boating & fishing experiences on three bodies of water totaling 870 acres. Experience the excitement of the Univest Grand Prix - an international pro road cycling competition held on a Saturday in September or outdoor summer concerts, nearby theatres. You could bike to local restaurants such as the Lederach Tea Room, Main Street Java, The Red Tomato, The Local, Parkside American Grille, or upscale restaurants like the Bay Pony Inn.
As an intern you will be asked to work full time to gain experience ~ long hours during peak seasonal times. In return you will receive training, housing, food, and a monthly stipend. Greater responsibility will be requested on specific tasks/projects/training of others. Previous experience is a plus but not required.
It is important to evaluate what you hope to gain through this internship program at Living Hope Farm. This is a long term commitment, so please consider your ability to work alongside others joyfully and with enthusiasm. At times we will find ourselves needing to pay close attention to detail or pressed for time because of weather, or other unforeseen circumstances which create tension. Consider your strengths and weaknesses as well as what you have to offer to the workers at Living Hope Farm as you complete the application. After reviewing your application you will be contacted and possibly requested to make an on-site visit to the farm. This process should assist us both in evaluating the position and if working at Living Hope Farm is a match for everyone involved. Please email if you have further questions.
Those interested in applying to be an intern at Living Hope Farm may download an application form here