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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

This placement is owned and operated by a family.
Production Acreage : #20
Number of Full-time Employees: 8
Number and Type of livestock: 500 Laying Hens
My farm/organization is : Certified Naturally Grown, a grassroots certification that embraces the highest ideals of organic agriculture.
I am an active member of Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture.
Educational Activities : We will visit other farms, have community interaction with other farmers, attend agricultural fairs.
Social Environment: We are a tight group of enthusiastic farmers, mostly 25-40 years of age, open-minded and friendly.

Primary Production :

Vegetables, Poultry


About the Internship:

Availability:

Accepting Stewards

Training Hours:

40 hours per week.

Training Expectations :

We offer Seasonal training, ideally between April and November.
Our farm/organization strongly prefers the steward who has hands-on production experience with our primary crops
We require the steward to arrive with a valid home country Drivers’ License

On-Site Training, Steward’s primary activities :

Vegetable crop production and harvest

Climate and Location Description

Average temperature/Typical weather: 4 seasons. Spring, Summer and Fall are usually not extreme.
Proximity to nearest town/city: 4miles.
Geographic Location:
The farm is in rural Pennsylvania, 11 miles north of Reading, PA, and 10 miles south of the Appalachian Trail.

Compensation :

$10/ hour for 3 months and may increase to $11/hour depending on steward performance., Produce, Eggs, Meat and Fruit

Accommodations and amenities provided :

Accommodations:
House will be shared with other interns/stewards and farm staff.
Bed room is private and bathroom is shared.
Lodging is Modern & well equipped.
Housing is off-site and distance to training site is 3miles via a car or a bike.
Amenities:
Electric or gas heat, VCR/DVD, Local library internet only, restricted to one hour per visit, Occasional, local use of insured vehicle on days off, with host permission(Only for stewards with valid home country drivers’ licenses or Int’l Drivers Permits), Easy access to public transportation on days off, Bicycle for excursions to nearby shops/town/public transit (less than 3 miles one-way), Free, seasonal farm products(Example: Produce, Eggs, Meat, Fruit)

Preferred start date :

2016-04-15

Preferred length of internship :

8 months

User ID:

Mesa Notes – Internal:

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

Status:

Inactive

Admin Only – No Notification:

No Notifications

Your Job Title:

Do you have separate mailing address? :

No

City:

State :

Zip Code:

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

not answered

Other Placement Activities:

How many Stewards would you like to host:

Gender and nationality are not important; 1 steward, ideally spanish speaking

Placement description:

This placement is owned and operated by a family.
Production Acreage : #20
Number of Full-time Employees: 8
Number and Type of livestock: 500 Laying Hens
My farm/organization is : Certified Naturally Grown, a grassroots certification that embraces the highest ideals of organic agriculture.
I am an active member of Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture.
Educational Activities : We will visit other farms, have community interaction with other farmers, attend agricultural fairs.
Social Environment: We are a tight group of enthusiastic farmers, mostly 25-40 years of age, open-minded and friendly.

Average training hours/week:

40 hours per week.

Climate and Location description:

Average temperature/Typical weather: 4 seasons. Spring, Summer and Fall are usually not extreme.
Proximity to nearest town/city: 4miles.
Geographic Location:
The farm is in rural Pennsylvania, 11 miles north of Reading, PA, and 10 miles south of the Appalachian Trail.

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.:

We have previously hosted a MESA Steward(s):

Yes

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

Reference 1:

Annie Hasz

Reference 2:

Michael Ahlert

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