MADE in Schoharie County livestock internship program

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2006: $9,961.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2006
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:
Carol Clement
Heather Ridge Farm


  • Agronomic: grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Vegetables: garlic
  • Additional Plants: herbs
  • Animals: bees, bovine, poultry, sheep, swine


  • Animal Production: housing, animal protection and health, grazing - continuous, free-range, mineral supplements, grazing - multispecies, pasture fertility, range improvement, grazing - rotational, watering systems, feed/forage
  • Education and Training: mentoring, workshop
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, marketing management, value added
  • Production Systems: holistic management
  • Soil Management: composting, soil analysis, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: analysis of personal/family life, sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Farmers across the country need an energetic, enthusiastic, helpful labor force, and the next generation of farmers needs practical experience. Six farms will create a livestock internship program devoted exclusively to pasture-based agriculture. The program will pair interns with mentors in a daily work environment that will include hands-on experience with livestock, meat cutting, and marketing. Formal learning sessions will also be included. Outreach will be through web sites, workshops, press releases, newsletters, and electronic mailing lists.

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