Internships

2018 SEASON

 Asgaard Farm & Dairy is a goat dairy, creamery and diversified livestock farm nestled in the breathtaking Adirondack State Park near Ausable Forks, NY.  We intensively graze 60 milking does, a 100% grass-fed beef herd, and meat goats. We raise broiler chickens and laying hens to provide fertility and parasite management for our pastures. We also raise pigs in our woodlands and they are fed whey from our creamery which produces award-winning cheeses, caramels, soaps and delicious raw milk. We are proud to be Animal Welfare Approved.We are part of a vibrant and diverse agricultural community, within close proximity to the high peaks.

We are looking to fill three positions.

ONE CREAMERY INTERNSHIP This internship covers all aspects of the dairy, including milking the goats, sanitary handling/preparation of milk, making pasteurized and raw milk cheeses, caring for aged cheeses, packaging and maintaining an immaculate creamery environment. We are looking for applicants who are passionate about cheese, local food and all things dairy.  Previous food science training or culinary experience is a plus, but not a necessity. A high level of attention to detail is crucial.

TWO FARMING INTERNSHIPS Farm interns will participate in all aspects of a diversified livestock and dairy farm including multi-species rotational grazing, kid-rearing, feeding and care of the various livestock groups, haymaking, chicken processing and milking our herd of 60 does. We are looking for applicants who are passionate about working with animals, knowing where their food comes from, and being part of a hard-working team. Previous farming experience is a plus, but not a necessity.  You will be working mostly outdoors in variable weather conditions.

All interns must have a strong work ethic, cooperative nature, positive “can do” attitude, and should be able to lift 50 lbs. with little to no difficulty.  You will be involved in regular staff meetings to set priorities, establish work plans and discuss/solve problems.  You may also share in staffing of farmers markets, along with working in the communal garden.  Visits to other farms and agricultural enterprises will be encouraged and facilitated.

Hours Interns will be expected to work 5 ½ days per week.  Interns should expect to milk some mornings and evenings weekly.  Days may be extra-long when processing chickens, haymaking and staffing farmers markets or when special events are on the calendar. An assignment running from April through November would be ideal.

Compensation  Hands-on training in animal husbandry, dairy management and direct marketing.  Comfortable housing on the farm in a charming, pastoral setting.  Two dwellings, each featuring 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, an eat-in-kitchen and a sitting room with shared laundry facilities.  Surplus food raised on the farm (chicken, pork, beef, goat meat, eggs, goat milk, goat cheese, veggies).  $200 weekly stipend.

We would be delighted to hear from interested candidates as soon as possible.  Please send your resume, along with a statement about why you are interested in one or both of these positions, to farmer@asgaardfarm.com!

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