June 2014- August 2014
“The Summer Internship runs from June–August and is intended for folks that are curious about farming but haven’t yet had many opportunities to work on farms. Interns work alongside our apprentices in all aspects of the work week. Interns are paid a $250 stipend/month. In addition to the stipend, interns are provided with a tent space, access to an outdoor kitchen/bathroom, food grown on the farm and staples, educational instruction, and the chance to live and work in a beautiful, productive environment.”
I worked with nine other in the farm crew to maintain, prep, and harvest farm production beds. Pie Ranch grows a variety of annual and perennials fruit trees and food crops. Additionally, Pie Ranch has cows, goats, pigs, broiler chickens, and chickens for egg production. Due to the diverse amount of agricultural products Pie Ranch grows I was taught and given responsibility in many areas!
At Pie Ranch I am taught and given these responsibilities:
- Maintaining field sized beds of organic: Raspberries, Blackberries, Golden berries, pome fruits, stone fruits, brassicas, leafy greens, and root vegetables
- Harvesting: beans, strawberries, summer squash, kale, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, potatos, raspberries, blackberries, golden berries, plums, apples, carrots, beets, flowers, fava beans, and more
- Basic training on driving a tractor and tractor safety
- Basic training on crop and yearly budgeting planning
- Feeding, cleaning up after, and taking care of goats, chickens, cows, and pigs
Additionally, since this is an educational program, I am working with and facilitating the youth attending programs at Pie Ranch.
At Pie Ranch I was given the opportunity to fully immerse myself in being a full time farmer. This along with the rest of what is stated above gave me the confidence to be able to start and maintain my own organic vegetable, fruit producing, and animals farm product farm in the future!