Join the Brook Farm Crew
All the paid positions for the 2013 growing season have been filled.
A B O U T B R O O K F A R M
Brook Farm is a 20-acre sustainable farm located 2 ½ miles west of New Paltz at the foot of the world-famous Shawangunk Ridge, where our farm crew enjoys access to 7000 acres of wilderness, hiking and rock climbing, right outside our door at the Mohonk Preserve.
We raise mixed vegetables, herbs, berries, flowers, laying hens, honeybees, and at least one other TBD livestock during the 2013 season. Each February, we tap the sugar maple trees to produce syrup, currently for our public and CSA events and for our crew. We have one high tunnel for four-season greens production and plan to construct another this season, a valuable learning experience for our beginning farmers.
We market our farm goods and value-added products through our growing 50+ member vegetable CSA, a local farm market, regional festivals, and a farm stand. Crew members will have the opportunity to gain experience in each of these distribution systems.
We use no-till, raised bed vegetable cultivation that leaves soil communities undisturbed, a method that continuously improves our heavy clay soil and is not yet common at our scale of production. We strive for an ever more sustainable operation through the introduction of new innovative strategies. We are one of over 150 New York State farms that have taken the NOFA-NY Farmer’s Pledge, our guarantee that our farming practices are sustainable.
Brook Farm has been operating as a nonprofit organization since 2004, but has a long tradition of farming. During the late 19th and 20th Centuries, Brook Farm and neighboring farms served as provisioning farms for the neighboring Mohonk Mountain House, a historic American resort hotel still in operation as one of the country’s top resorts.
C U L T U R E & C O M M U N I T Y
We strive to create a farm that is community-based, inter-generational, human-powered (though trucks and tractors are still used), focused on experiential learning and self-development, full of joyful work and infused with the arts, especially music. Staff and long-term volunteers live and work side-by-side sharing work, meals, laughter, and song. Farm staff live indoors in our farmhouse along with some long-term volunteers. Additional volunteers live nearby or camp outside on the farm during summer months. The farmhouse has a large kitchen where staff and volunteers prepare and eat delicious, healthy meals, often using produce and other farm goods raised or made on the farm. All staff, interns, and volunteers participate in a shared meal plan and rotate cooking and cleaning responsibilities. We regularly open the farmhouse to the community to host potlucks, work parties, music jams, and educational workshops.
V O L U N T E E R O P P O R T U N I T I E S
Our belief is that agriculture is most beneficial to a community when undertaken as a community. We welcome volunteers of all kinds to the farm, whether for half a day or for several months or more. High school students, college students, and adults are welcome to apply to volunteer, WWOOF, or intern on the farm for personal satisfaction, career development, to meet community service hour requirements, or to earn college credit. Live-in (or live-out) Volunteers/WWOOFers/interns are expected to work full-time side by side with the paid farm crew and make at least a one-month commitment. During 2013, long-term volunteers and interns are invited between approximately April 1 and November 1. All prospective, long-term, live-in (or live-out) volunteers are required to apply and to go through an interview process to determine if you and Brook Farm are a good match. If you are interested in applying, please reflect on what you would like to learn or experience on the farm and what interests you about Brook Farm. Also, realize that farm work is very intensive and exhausting, so be prepared to work hard! Click here to learn more about unpaid internships and WWOOFing opportunities. To apply, fill out our online intern/WWOOF application form.