Friday, April 5, 2013

Organic Farmer's Cooperative Internship - Clarion River Organics

When I first started working with the farmers of Clarion River Organics I'd interned on a few farms, I'd gotten a four year degree in agriculture from Penn State, and I'd even started farming on my own land. But I soon realized I knew nothing of the produce business. Suddenly I was picking up produce from 12 farms, I was talking to grocery managers, chefs, and wholesale distributors, and I was seeing the 'back stage' area of every kind of food business. I was getting a hands on education that I never had as a student or an intern and immediately I started thinking about how to share this with others.

Finally we're in a position to offer an internship with CRO to anyone who wants to really understand how produce gets from the field to the table. Please share this with anyone you know who might be interested. It would be especially great for a college student in an agriculture program, but all are welcome to apply.

Organic Farmer's Cooperative Internship - Clarion River Organics

An intern with Clarion River Organics will participate in all aspects of marketing organic produce, from planting and harvesting to marketing and management. We are a cooperative of organic produce farmers that sells directly through farm markets and CSA, to grocery stores and restaurants, and to major wholesale distributors. Our farms vary in size from 1 acre to 65 acres. You will get a unique up close look at the produce business at both very small and very large scales. Work will be divided evenly between produce field work, packing and assembling CSAs and customer orders in our warehouse, and delivery and marketing at farm markets, CSA sites, and wholesale customers, with some special projects from time to time. Our cooperative is special because all of our farmers are powered by draft horses and all of them are diversified, with sidelines including goat cheese production, sheep and cow dairy, meat rabbits, and many more.

For more information check out the detailed description in the link below and email Zeb at to discuss spending a season with Clarion River Organics. 

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