Orchard and Cidery Intern

Bear Swamp Orchard and Cidery

1209B Hawley Rd Ashfield, MA 01330

We are a small, organic apple orchard in Ashfield selling U-pick apples and making hard cider.

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We are a diversified apple orchard, offering U-pick apples and farm stand sales in the fall, as well as a growing business making and selling hard cider. Our goal is to provide quality organic food and drink to our local market. We have lots of different work to choose from depending on your goals. In the fall we harvest apples, which we pick, sort, press into cider, and either bottle for sale as sweet cider or begin the fermenting process for hard cider. We also are open for retail sales on weekends, when customers come to pick apples, buy sweet cider and donuts, and taste and buy hard cider. Once the apples have been picked we have orchard management tasks to do, including spreading compost and caging young trees to prevent vole damage.

Start date

August 2014

End date

November 2014

Intern responsibilities

Intern will take part in the day to day operations of the farm, including picking apples, orchard work, retail sales, and cider pressing.

Required intern qualifications

Must be 18 or over, capable of lifting 50 lb. or more repeatedly and standing/walking for long periods. Must be able to work a weekend day each week we are open for sales, September-October, and be interested in organic/sustainable agriculture and local food systems.

Desired outcomes of internship

You should learn about practices we use to care for our orchard organically, as well as the work that goes into both orchard management and direct to consumer retail sales on a farm. If interested, you can also learn about fermenting cider naturally with wild yeast, no sulfites or other additives.