Third Way Farm (TWF) is a 67-acre regenerative farm located on land that was once inhabited by the indigenous peoples of the Piscataway and Susquehannock tribes. We recognize that this land was unjustly taken from them without their permission and we hope our lives upon and care for this land will honor their legacy and wisdom in living harmoniously with this place. As such, we have shaped our farm around the principles of permaculture, sustainability, and regeneration. We believe any *good* farm is best conceived as a partner in a diverse and multi-faceted ecosystem and have chosen to diversify our portfolio by focusing our attention on stewardship of, rather than dominion over. As a testament to our stewardship, we are a no-till farm committed to developing the highest level of sustainable soil management for our produce, protein, and fiber production. In conjunction with our no-till methods, we also practice companion planting, composting, and rotational grazing. We are consistently learning and growing our best practices and hope that our efforts here on the farm empower you to join us in our mission to subvert unjust systems by cultivating practices that inspire community, faith, and justice for all.
Interning at Third Way Farm invites you to participate in that mission and to join a community whose life carries purpose and meaning beyond the confines of the farm itself. Participating in this age-old and ever-critical human work of growing *good* food and caring for the land will open you to pathways of life and wholeness within yourself and the world around you, enriching you in ways that will serve you on whatever journey lies ahead.
Internship Start Date - August 1 and September 1
The Dirt on the Internship:
- What does the internship include?
Farming! - 50 to 60 hours per week of all things community agriculture
Housing! - live in our eco-sustainable intern housing!
Food! - eat what we grow
Stipend and PTO! - you will get paid for this work and we'll honor your self-care
Farm Project Option! - get funding to start your own farm project, create a product to sell, or a system that improves the life of the farm
How long is it?
That depends. The farm needs interns year-round so we give preference to those willing to commit to a 9-12 month stay but, we also accept interns for shorter periods of 5-6 months and strictly summer internships for 2-3 months.
- What does it look like to be an intern?
At its heart, this is a sustainable farming internship program. The main aspects of work for interns will focus on our intensive regenerative produce production and will also entail significant involvement in our rotational, pasture, and woodland-based livestock systems. Throughout the seasons, interns partake in all tasks on the farm. A sampling of some major elements of this work include:
prepping beds and soil
taking care of livestock
hosting our Farmer's Markets and Barn Store
A high level of responsibility, care, and excellence is expected in all aspects and levels of work done here. We expect speed, efficiency, precision, awareness, and adaptability. At the same time, TWF seeks to cultivate an atmosphere of fellowship and fun in all we do, and we strive hard to make our work environment minimally stressful and maximally enjoyable. Community, faith, and justice are essential values that undergird the daily experience at Third Way Farm.
Intern schedules will be set but are flexible. Typically, interns work approximately 50 to 60 hours per week during our main growing season from April to October and less during the winter season. Plenty of space for rest, self-care, and fun are built into that work time including breakfast and lunch breaks, daily team moments, 1:1 check-ins, and vacation or sick/personal days to be offered as needed.
By the end of the season, we hope our interns leave feeling equipped to steward all aspects of a diversified, regenerative farm while walking away transformed and ready to dive further into the mission of cultivating community, faith, and justice for all through regenerative agriculture!
- What do we desire from interested applicants?
Positive attitudes and determination to overcome adversity
Mature communication skills and a willingness to be brave and vulnerable
Openness to working in a religious context. **We are disciples of Christ committed to peace, justice, and ecological regeneration and therefore all applicants must be willing to work within these core values but need not share our tradition and perspective. In fact, people of all faiths or no faith are welcome, and encouraged, to apply.
Eagerness to partake in the basic rhythms of intentional community, including weekly shared meals and scheduled gatherings, farm events, and Bible studies or other faith/perspective-growing opportunities.
- What do we require from interested applicants?
Energy to perform physical and demanding work daily
Flexibility and adaptability to changing circumstances and weather
Careful listening and direction following
A disposition to help others and work collegially
Initiative, motivation, and an ability to self-direct or manage when necessary
A drivers license