Business / Organization Name:
Cherry Grove Farm
3200 Lawrenceville Road
You will be exposed to the world of farmstead cheesemaking from the ground up. Learn cheese processes - pasteurizing, safety protocols and HACCP familiarity, handling the curd, basic milk/cheese chemistry, plus the crucial work of affinage. While some work will be side by side with our Cheesemakers, it's expected you will be given many tasks to be done independently once you've been trained and will work one short day a week on your own. We sell products through our on-site farm store, and wholesale our award-winning cheese to a variety of gourmet stores & restaurants in the New York/Philadelphia area. We also attend several regional farmers markets. There will be hard hours on your feet and menial tasks. It can be repetitive and mundane. Sanitation is key. No prior experience is required, but experience with food prep, cheese work or familiarity with farm life is encouraged. But it's not all scrubbing and flipping - you will learn not only cheesemaking, but also skills in the direct-marketing and how-to of wholesale dairy. Attending a regional farmers' market will be part of your week. You will also spend time learning the essentials of wholesale work, cutting and packaging orders for delivery week-to-week. You will also be expected to attend and help prep for events occasionally. All of these are fun ways to meet the people who eat and appreciate your work, as well as being a good way to make connections within the local farming and sustainability community.
Sustainable Food and Farming
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Application Requirements (resume, cover letter, etc.):
Please send a resume with a cover letter indicating why an internship in cheesemaking exites you.
We are looking for an enthusiastic person with a passion for food, not afraid of hard work, and interested in learning about cheesemaking at a sustainable diversified farm. The ideal candidate is down-to-earth, positive, and non-smoking, with some prior exposure to farm work. Valid DL required.
Wage, Salary & Benefits Description:
Stipend and Housing: We provide a $700/month stipend plus housing and a 30% staff discount on all products sold in our farmstore. Milk and cheese will be available to you too, of course. Like any experience, you get out of it what you put into it. Your "off time" would be your own and we would encourage you to explore the area. We can tap our network to set up visits to other farms/producers to round out your experience.