Consider Bardwell Farm

Kidding Internship
December 23, 2011, 4:13 pm
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Contact: Margot Brooks and Alex Eaton

Internship Starts: February 20, 2012

Internship Ends: April 20, 2012

Farm Description: Consider Bardwell Farm is a goat dairy and cheesemaking operation located in Southern Vermont’s Indian River Valley and easternmost Washington County, New York. The milk from our herd of 100 Oberhaslis is used to make several varieties of award-winning, aged raw milk cheeses. We are an Animal Welfare Approved, grass-based dairy, following an intensive rotational grazing program.  In addition to the goats we also have a flock of laying hens in a mobile chicken coop and a small group of whey-fed pigs.

At Consider Bardwell we are committed to sustainable farming methods that minimize waste and emphasize quality. Always aware of our ability to drastically affect the local ecosystem, we strive to be responsible environmental stewards, considering the humane and ethical treatment of our animals above all else.

Internship Details: We are looking for an enthusiastic and hardworking individual to assist with our annual kidding event. Our herd of 92 Oberhasli goats are bred to begin kidding towards the end of February, kicking off the milking season. Every doe will give birth to 1-3 kids within this two-month time period, and it is the job of the farm staff to ensure the health and productivity of all the goats on the farm (including the +/- 180 new kids). The intern will assist with all aspects of farm management including: delivery of kids, goat health, milking, feeding, and cleaning chores.

Skills Desired:

-Ability to do hard physical labor

-Ability to work independently

Where there’s livestock, there’s deadstock. Intern must be prepared to deal with the life and death reality of farming.

Where there’s milk, there’s meat. We raise all non-replacement kids born at CBF for meat. Intern must be onboard with this important component of our dairy

-A willingness to work long hours in often less-than-ideal climatic conditions

-A good work ethic

-A desire to learn and ask questions

-Ability to maintain a good sense of humor

Educational Opportunities: The Consider Bardwell Farm intern will be joining us for a season when an assortment of goat farm management practices are in use. An interested and self-motivated individual can expect to learn a wide array about goat husbandry, and the management challenges facing a goat dairy coupled with a farmstead creamery.

Stipend/Housing: A $100 weekly stipend is provided for food, in addition to our farmstead products (cheese, eggs, meat). Housing is provided in the form of a studio-style apartment located in a historic building in downtown West Pawlet, VT (1 mile from the farm). The housing situation is charming, but rustic! Twice weekly meals with the farmers will be provided.


December 8, 2011, 6:23 pm
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It’s been almost a month since we built the pig house, and with the exception of a couple wimpy little rains, we really haven’t felt the gratification of seeing the shelter shelter. But last night it finally happened! A full day of rain followed by several inches of snow last night. It took a lot of motivation to rouse the porks for a photoshoot. Grunty, groany, and indignant, they once again nailed me with one squinting eye.