Cheesemaker/Herdsmanship Internships 2020

!  3 Internship positions open for Spring, 2 for Summer 

3 for Fall/Winter 2020!

Come join the Fun with us!! 

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!

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Call for information 610-838-2928