For cheese related inquiries, contact Molly via email at email@example.com or by phone at 802-760-0943
For goat related inquiries, contact Katie via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 802-253-8248
Sage Farm does not currently offer open hours or tours. Because we are a very small, family-run farm, we simply do not have the ability to take time out of our busy work days to conduct tours. We do, however, have a self-service farm store on the property where customers can purchase cheese, eggs, and maple syrup, all made here on the farm. The farm store is open for business daily from 10 until dark between the months of April and November. The farm store is located down the farm's second driveway, inside the first bay of the buck barn. While we welcome visitors to the store, we ask that you please refrain from exploring other parts of the farm, both for your own safety and in respect to the privacy of our two families.
Physical and mailing address: 2248 West Hill Rd., Stowe, VT 05672
We are now accepting applications for our 2020 internship! Read below for more info…
Our internship runs from early April through mid-December. The intern will work about 30-35 hours most weeks. The intern works 5 days per week with two consecutive days off. Split shifts (meaning two distinct work sessions per day broken up by a number of hours off) can be expected most days. The intern can expect extra hours when Molly or Katie is away from the farm (probably 4-5 weeks total, spread out over the course of the internship). Extra hours weeks will likely be closer to 40 hours per week.
Weekly intern duties are:
Milking the goats: 5 days a week, with some morning and some evening shifts (approx. 15-20 hours, depending on the season)
Miscellaneous farm chores: 1 day every other week (4-5 hours)
Cheesemaking and Affinage: 2-3 days a week, 2-6 hours/day, comprised of a variety of tasks and hours, depending on what is happening in the cheeseroom and aging cave (approx.. 10-15 hours)
Farmers markets: The intern will learn how to set up, break down, and vend at our Sunday Stowe market. The intern will work at least one market per month, sometimes more. (approx. 8 hours per market)
What we have to offer:
Housing- Tiny house located on the farm complete with electricity, heat, water, kitchen, composting toilet and shower. Partners are welcome to live at the tiny house, but we cannot accommodate pets of any kind.
Stipend- $200/week, to be paid biweekly
Food- Weekly milk and cheese
Garden Plot- If the intern has interest, we have space on the farm for a small garden plot where the intern may grow vegetables and/or flowers for their own personal use.
What the intern can expect to learn:
How to take care of a small herd (30) of goats, with special attention to milking
How to raise goat kids, including birth, bottle feeding, basic veterinary care, pasturing and breeding
How to move goats through a rotational grazing system using both fixed and moveable electric fencing
How to make and care for a variety of fresh and aged goat’s milk cheeses
Packaging, distribution, and marketing of cheeses
How to successfully run a busy farmers market booth
Qualities we expect from the intern:
We are looking for a hard-working, positive, flexible, honest, friendly, detail-oriented individual to join our team. The intern must be comfortable interacting with the public, able to lift 50+ pounds, physically fit, at ease around animals, self-motivated and self-directed. While no previous farming experience is required, the intern must be a quick and willing learner. As the intern become familiar with the work, they will be expected to work alone at times and alongside one of us at other times. Once the intern has mastered milking the goats (usually a 1-2 week training period, depending on previous experience), that task will always be a one person job. As the intern learns how to make and care for specific cheeses, they will often be responsible for making cheese or doing cheese chores alone. While there are some tasks that we will accomplish as a team or as partners, the majority of the intern’s work will be done alone. The intern must be willing to get dirty for farm chores, and must be equally willing to get clean for cheese work. In order to maintain the highest quality standards for our products, the intern must be meticulous, thorough, and very detail-oriented in both the milking parlor and the cheese room.
The Stowe area offers superb recreation opportunities: mountain biking, hiking, bouldering, kayaking, and fantastic swimming holes are all nearby. Stowe and the surrounding area has a vibrant food scene. There are lots of great bars and restaurants and many other small farms, breweries, and food producers. The nature of the internship will allow for ample time to recreate, exercise, relax, and explore. For example, if the intern has a cheese shift in the morning and a milking shift in the evening, there will be a few unscheduled hours in the middle of the day to do whatever they wish!
To apply for the Sage Farm internship, please submit the following materials:
- Current resume, including any relevant farm or food experience
- Statement detailing why you are interested in working with us
- Your availability for an in-person interview. Whenever possible, we prefer to meet candidates face-to-face. We will be living and working very closely with the intern for many months and a good personality fit is essential.
After reviewing these materials, we will contact you about an interview. Application materials can be sent to Molly at: email@example.com or to Sage Farm, 2248 West Hill Rd., Stowe, VT 05672.