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Taproot Farm

Pennsylvania, United States
MESA Notes – Public
Website :
http://taprootfarmpa.com
Blog, Online Newsletter, etc. :
Public Contact Information:
[email protected]
 

Private Host Information

Name:
George Brittenburg
E-mail:
[email protected]
Phone:
4846024812
Address:
66 Kemmerer Rd, Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania, United States 19555
Mailing Address(if diff. as abov)
 

About the Placement:

Detailed Placement Description

Taproot Farm is a thriving Organic farm that serves the cities of Philadelphia and New York and their local community. Taproot produces high quality produce using efficient tools and practices. We work in a group environment to maintain our high productivity over 25 acres of produces and 15 acres of cover crops. We also manage an acre of blueberries. At Taproot we are committed to building the local, organic food system and feel that our young business is a healthy model for aspiring farmers to learn from. Staff share in social activities during the farm season and feel a strong sense of comradery.

Primary Production :

Vegetables, Berries, Poultry


About the Internship:

Availability:

Training Hours:

40 hours

Training Expectations :

Stewards will learn crop establishment, maintenance, harvest and post-harvest handling techniques. Stewards will work with host farmers to perform farm activities. We offer work at least 5 days a week.

On-Site Training, Steward’s primary activities :

The stewards will participate in the following:
Greenhouse work
High Tunnel Work
Crop Sowing and Transplanting
Crop Maintenance such as irrigation, pruning, trellising, fertilizing, pest and weed control
Harvest for our CSA, farmers’ markets and wholesale orders
Wash and pack harvest
Egg collection and packaging
Pasture maintenance and rotation

Climate and Location Description

Our climate is temperate with mild and wet springs, hot summers and cool autumns. We are located near the city of Reading and are within 2 hours of Philadelphia and New York City. There is plenty of transportation options for travel.

Compensation :

12.50, Farm Produce and Eggs

Accommodations and amenities provided :

Steward to pay $300/month rent for shared intern housing. We have a large house with 5 bedrooms for our interns. There is WiFi in the house and it is located close to stores. Interns have use of a farm vehicle for local travel.

Preferred start date :

April 15

Preferred length of internship :

7-8 months

User ID:

taproot

Mesa Notes – Internal:

2/5/18: Laug spoke w/ George and sent candidate recommendations. great refs. from both Michael A. and Annie H. (on file).

Status:

Inactive

Admin Only – No Notification:

Your Job Title:

Do you have separate mailing address? :

No

City:

State :

Zip Code:

Host Fees. $175 Steward assignment confirmation, plus $225/month/Steward.:

We can pay the basic fee to support MESA’s program and services.

Other Placement Activities:

Direct marketing, Farm machinery, Farmers market, Greenhouse management, Farm business planning/ record keeping, Organic certification

How many Stewards would you like to host:

1 or 2

Placement description:

Taproot Farm is a thriving Organic farm that serves the cities of Philadelphia and New York and their local community. Taproot produces high quality produce using efficient tools and practices. We work in a group environment to maintain our high productivity over 25 acres of produces and 15 acres of cover crops. We also manage an acre of blueberries. At Taproot we are committed to building the local, organic food system and feel that our young business is a healthy model for aspiring farmers to learn from. Staff share in social activities during the farm season and feel a strong sense of comradery.

Average training hours/week:

40 hours

Climate and Location description:

Our climate is temperate with mild and wet springs, hot summers and cool autumns. We are located near the city of Reading and are within 2 hours of Philadelphia and New York City. There is plenty of transportation options for travel.

Are you willing to host a Steward whose English proficiency is below 30%?:

Yes

Please list your two nearest airports, and approx. driving distance to/from the training site.:

Newark International Airport
Philadelphia International Airport

We have previously hosted a MESA Steward(s):

Yes

We have hosted or currently host J-1 interns/trainees in another program:

Reference 1:

Zane Zwillinger 484-641-3554

Reference 2:

Matt Sicher 484-336-5042

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