Anna is an experiential education expert and die-hard advocate for immersive travel.

 

With experience traveling + working in over 25 countries, she earned her MBA from The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and has a professional background in higher education, community development, adventure tourism, voluntourism, wellness and outdoor education.

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ANNA FITZGIBBON
Founder + Owner

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Savage Mountain Farm

Located just across the Pennsylvania border from western Maryland, and close to Frostburg State University, Savage Mountain Farm is a stunning 150-acre property that includes 25 acres of forest. Formerly known as Savage River Farm, Ben and Hana (and their daughter, Rosie) just recently moved their operation from the Maryland region and are kicking off their first year at their new location in PA. This is an exciting time for Savage Mountain Farm, which operates a robust 170-member cooperative, supplies food to local restaurants, and works at four farmer's markets per week. Growing vegetables, fruits, and mushrooms (four varieties), Savage Mountain also raises livestock, including pigs, chickens, cows, goats, lambs, turkeys, and bees.

 

Ben and Hana are community-builders, working toward a community-owned and worker-owned farm, and creating programming that provides equitable access to sustainable food sources across the region. In addition to their current business, they are exploring options to expand both their product lines and their partnerships, providing ample opportunity for interns looking to create real, positive impact.

 
Meet the Farmers

Six years ago, Hana and Ben started Savage Mountain Farm with the goal of contributing to the local food infrastructure of their northern Appalachian region. The farm has grown into a 170-member consumer cooperative, providing members of the community with grass-fed, pastured beef, chicken, lamb, pork, turkey and rabbit, as well as Certified Naturally Grown produce, fruit and mushrooms. They have one baby daughter, Autumn Rose, who is already proving to be quite a capable farm hand (or at least to have the potential to be!). Ben and Hana live and work with three other friends who have been with the farm for the last three years. Everyone at the farm lives a cooperative lifestyle to the fullest extent possible, and is interested in the intersection of agriculture and culture, bringing communities together around their food source.

Accommodations

Two selected students will be invited to stay in the Yoder family's main farmhouse (newly built since the farm's move). All meals will be supplied and/or prepared by the Yoder family (taking into account any allergies or dietary restrictions). Meals are opportunities for community/intern gathering, daily updates, debriefs and connection. Students are invited to take advantage of the local hiking and camping in the Maryland and Pennsylvania regions. 

Savage Mountain Farm

About the Projects

 

Number of

Open Positions

Program Sessions

1 , 2

Program Dates 

Jun 2-30
Jul 7- Aug 4

4

Marketing


 

June 2-30

Session 1

Marketing


 

Project Description

June 2-30

Session 1

Value-Added Producer Grant Writing

 

Project Description

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Jul 7-Aug 4

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Session 2

Urban Food

Program Development


 

Project Description

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Jul 7-Aug 4

Jul 7-Aug 4

Session 2

Commercial Hemp  Production 

 

Project Description

Additional Learning Opportunities
 
Operations 

Jul 7-Aug 4

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Jul 7-Aug 4

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Commercial Hemp  Production 

 

Urban Food

Program Development


 

[Visit desktop site for details]

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Operations Schedule


30 hours per week, 7:30am-2:30pm (Tuesday- Saturday)

*flexibility in schedule when communicated with host
 

Project sponsor meetings, mentor meetings,

and feedback opportunities will occur weekly
 

Mornings


Daily farm and organizational operations, such as working with the animals, harvesting and running the farmer's market
 

Afternoons


Independent and team project work 

*Daily routine is structured to provide a holistic learning experience for students, enabling the application of hands-on operations knowledge to future strategy-building

 
Value & Pricing
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