Internships Available Now
Please visit our website www.flinthillfarm-edcenter.org to read Blogs of other interns who have completed past internships. We have successfully placed all our interns in various, interesting vocations: chef, sales person for fair trade coffee, cheese monger/Whole Foods, AG-ED 4-H Educator, teacher, herds person for sheep in Minnesota, to name a few.
1. Complete and be registered in College Intern credit program
2. Complete and submit to FHFEC PA Child Abuse clearances
3. Schedule and complete interview with a Farm Internship team member either in person or by phone
4. Must be able to walk 1 mile without difficulty on uneven ground, lift 20 and enjoy working with children and parents of all community groups
Some projects Interns will experience:
1. PA Assist in summer school and community tours on the farm after orientation
Examples of groups- PALS, Community in Schools summer camps, LVCC pre-k summer students. The farm hosts about 700 students/teachers and parents each summer (end of May through mid-August)
2. Create projects and teach a simple craft 1 morning a week for parents of the Mommy,Daddy and Me group, usually a group of 8 or less under 4 yr old children
3. Represent FHFEC to reading groups at 3 local libraries for story hr (usually taking a small farm animal that relates to the story) by setting up the opportunity, reading the story and interacting with the library families and children
4. Learn about and have hands-on experience with the various farm animals- handling, health and nutritional needs
5. Assist writing creative AG-ED curriculum to be integrated into Summer or Fall
6. Maintain throughout the internship a short weekly Blog on the AG-ED website
Farm Educator Internship
BE A BUILDER OF HEALTH & WHOLENESS
2 Educator Internship Positions
Be the one who plants the seeds that will grow into a harvest of life-changing dreams for others!
Flint Hill Farm Ed is a non profit Educational Center located on Flint Hill Farm, a 26 acre preserved multifaceted working farm in Lehigh County, Upper Saucon Township, PA. We run a Certified Raw Milk Goat and Jersey cow milk Dairy that sells its products year round through two markets, on site sales and opportunities at local hospital cafeterias and colleges. We also run a year round educational program for the local school districts and vocational schools, summer horse camp and farm camp during the months of July and August, and a year round riding lesson and community educational programs (See Farm Activities)
Spring/Summer Farm Educator Internship Position: Community Outreach- FarmersMarket/ Summer Farm Camp Educator, Herdsmanship
Cheesemaker/Herdsmanship Internships 2020
3 Internship positions open for Spring, 2 for Summer
3 for Fall/Winter 2020!
Flint Hill Farm Educational Center, Inc. is a nonprofit 501c3 Agro-Educational Center located on Flint Hill Farm, a 26 acre preserved farm in Coopersburg, PA. The Educational Center offers year round Dairy internship programs open to individuals 17 yrs. old and older. We have had the pleasure of successfully offering Cheese Making/Animal Husbandry Internships from 2011 to the present. Our graduates have gone on to follow their dreams in some of the following venues: running their own dairy farm business, employment in various aspects of the hospitality trade, traveling and purchasing cheeses for international cheese buyers, organic food production and preparation, and creation of various kinds of artisan home cheese production models.
The Intern’s experiences will cover the following areas during their time at Flint Hill. Our present dairy herd consists of 4 Jersey cows, 14 Alpine does and 2 bucks and 4 East Friesian ewes. Hands on milking skills for goats, sheep and cows will be taught. Seasonal changes of milk, effects of weather, feed, lactation and breeding cycles help develop awareness of natural conditions that effect the taste and production of cheeses and other dairy products.
TOPICS covered - Cheesemakers/Animal Husbandry Internship:
1. Cheese making- theory and practice for soft and aged cheeses
2. Yogurt-classic and smoothies
3. Packaging and labeling
4. Marketing both at the Farm Store and through local Farmer’s Markets
5. Community Education
6. Political Awareness and Action
7. Livestock health assessment- hoof care, famacha scoring, parasites testing, medications
8. Livestock handling- cows, goats, sheep, horses. Use of horse power for farming
Requirements are as follows:
Ability to lift 20lb.
Obtain PA child abuse clearance prior to starting
Ability to walk one mile without difficulty
Good personal skills with the public
Reliable transportation to the farm
Ability to commit to 3- 8 hr days per week and one 4 hr block for 3 months- days flexible
Desire to enjoy the farm with us, have fun and make good cheese!