Internship Description

This summer we are seeking an intern for a 4-month internship on our organic flower and vegetable farm just north of Ann Arbor.

We'll be transplanting seedlings, prepping beds, seeding roots & greens, pruning tomatoes & cucumbers, harvesting early flowers & green garlic.

If you want to see what a second-year diverse organic vegetable operation on newly purchased land looks like, join us! You will be given real responsibility on the farm and your contribution will be essential and valuable. We use a BCS tractor (walking-tractor) for prepping beds, a Jang seeder for direct seeded crops, Farmer's Friend tunnels with trellises for our heat-loving crops, and Tend software for planning and recordkeeping.

The internship is 32-40 hours per week with at least one full day off per week. The internship includes weekend stints at the farmer’s market. Preference will be given to a candidate who can commit to all 18 weeks (May 1st-August 31st), but if vacation/time off is needed (weddings, family trips, etc.), please let me know in the interview and we can probably make it work!

Educational Opportunities

If you're interested in particular parts of farming (business planning, crop planning, technical info on crop production, hoophouses, greenhouse work, tractor repair, etc.), let us know during the interview and we'll do all we can to share what we know and give you opportunities to practice.  During the four months you're here, we'd also love to share our favorite books, podcasts, Tend software, and online learning resources.

Qualifications

No experience necessary for the right person, but skills in seeding, greenhouse work, transplanting, pruning and trellising would be a bonus for us!

We're seeking great college students who:

  • can stay the entire four months

  • love sunshine, hard work, sweat, and learning new things

  • ask questions when uncertain how to do something

  • are motivated to get things done and learn as much as possible

  • love sharing stories and generally enjoy being around people


    Housing and Stipends

    We will provide a private 700 sq ft one bedroom/one bath apartment on the farm from May through August. Interns are encouraged to harvest and eat from the gardens and enjoy flower bouquets! We provide a weekly stipend ($200/week).

Expectations

This work brings me (Kristen) so much joy, and I am very grateful to be farming. Sometimes I forget that this work doesn’t suite everyone, so it is important to me to communicate well and set realistic expectations about farm work. In order to successfully contribute to the farm’s triple bottom line, and to learn as much as possible from the experience, interns need a willingness to:

Work in all weather. Farm work requires strong backs and happy hearts. Farm conditions are typically hot and sweaty, but we also work in the wind and the rain. Our passive solar hoophouses heat up quickly in full sun. It’s kind of like Bikram Yoga!

Get dirty. Dirt will accumulate under your fingernails and tomato juices will stain your skin green. Most folks get a workout and leave with drenched t-shirts & sore muscles. There will almost certainly be mud on your boots during rainy seasons.

Bring a great attitude in the face of challenge. Realistically, there will be days on the farm when a storm is rolling in and I need everyone to work quickly so we can get the flowers out of the field before they are destroyed by wind and rain. There will also be days when my little ones melt down and I need to cut out early to go make them lunch. We’ll work as a team to complete the morning’s tasks, and together we’ll encourage each other to keep it light and laugh at ourselves.

Be reliable, honest, and thorough. In winter we design the farm’s crop plan and program offerings based on available resources. We are counting on you to plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables and flowers in order to fulfill our mission of providing great organic produce to our community. The work of the farm requires that folks are committed to arriving on time and staying until the end. We’ve heard of other farms having trouble with folks cutting out midway through an internship, and we really don’t want that to happen on our farm. We want the work to be good and joyful for the whole crew. That’s the only way we can make this little farm go!

If you’ve read the description above and you still want to apply for our 2019 Internship, click below.

 
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