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Grassroots Farm 2016 Employment Opportunities

 

Grassroots Farm is seeking a part time employee for the remainder of the 2016 season. Housing, food, and transportation available as a partial work trade. Please contact Farmer Lindsey at grassrootsfarm.wi@gmail.com to begin the application process.

Why be a farm Intern?

A farming internship is an excellent way to learn many skills of the trade without enrolling in a formal education program, and getting paid for your efforts, too! Over the last few years it seems many farms have shifted away from the internship model and rely primarily on full and part time employees and/or formal work share agreements. As a past intern of small-scale, diversified and organic vegetable farming myself, I still believe it is an excellent step in the right direction for people who are very interested in pursuing dreams of starting a farm of their own. 

Choosing a Farm

Deciding on the right farm to spend your growing season with is a difficult decision. Location, housing, farmer personality, internship requirements, scheduling, transportation, and type of farming should all fit well with and intern/farmer relationship. I recommend starting your search first with farms that you feel would be a scale that seems comfortable to you when you envision your farm of the future. Do you like working with animals? Do you like working with customers? Do you enjoy harvesting vegetables? Make a list of the most important attributes of a farm you would like exposure to. The better the fit for you, often the better fit for the farmer in the long run, too.

For more information on area small farm internships, see C.R.A.F.T. (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) website by clicking on this link.  

Why Intern with Grassroots Farm?

Grassroots Farm is a uniquely diversified livestock and Certified Organic vegetable, herb, hops, fruit, and fresh egg farm located in a rural and partially un-glaciated area of Green County, Wisconsin. We are about an hour’s drive to Madison, Wisconsin and Dubuque, Iowa, an hour and 45 mins from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and two and a half hours from Chicago, Illinois. The nearest grocery store, gas station and hospital are about 10-15 minutes away from the farm. 

An internship with our farm will expose you to the following:

  • small scale, Certified Organic mixed vegetable production
  • safe equipment operation including Grillo walk-behind tractor, riding mower, and introduction to 4-wheel tractor use and maintenance
  • hoophouse and greenhouse management
  • organic egg production
  • beginning hopyard management, harvest and trellising
  • small herd management and rotational grazing of cattle and lambs
  • electric fence management
  • farm carpentry skills and fencing
  • hog farrowing and market hog production
  • small scale beekeeping
  • turkey, goose and broiler chicken production from brooder to processor
  • access to our methods of record keeping and organizing our business
  • CSA program management
  • small-scale organic flower production, cutting, and bouquet making
  • product delivery to Milwaukee and Madison
  • produce canning, pickling, and preserve in our home kitchen under the cottage food bill requirements
  • daily farm chores and donkey training 
  • independent project/income opportunities

All Internships include free membership through Grassroots Farm in all C.R.A.F.T. (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) Field Days, Workshops, and Events. 

Internship Compensation

Is based on experience and housing/food trade needs.  Our minimum pay/trade rate is $10/hour.

Sound like a potential fit for you? Start the application process by sending Farmer Lindsey (FL) an email at grassrootsfarm.wi@gmail.com

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All You Need to Know Before Choosing the Best Bath Bombs

Bath bombs have become very popular nowadays. This form of bath fizzes adds essential oils, color and scents to your bathwater making bathing more enjoyable.

The ingredients used in bath bombs vary greatly. But, the primary ingredients are usually a bicarbonate and citric acid. When dry, these two ingredients do not react. But, once they are dropped in the water, the ingredients breaks apart and release carbon dioxide. The gas produced forms bubbles at the bottom of the bathtub or on your legs. This brings about the tingly and tickling sensation you feel once you hit the bath tub. As this happens, the fragrances, colorants, as well as the other ingredients in the bath bomb, are released. This process takes about two minutes.

Other ingredients used in bath bombs include essential oils. These oils give the water a pleasant fragrance. Some of them come with extra items such as petals, flowers, and glitters. They also come in different scents, colors, shapes and sizes.

Some people like to make their own bath bombs. While this is a good idea, you need to ensure you get the ingredients right. Some of the ingredients that you may use are citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, water, salt, essential oil, and colorants. These ingredients, however, vary depending on individual taste and preferences. The benefits of making your own bath bombs are plenty. Firstly, you don’t have to pay the exorbitant price that comes with some bath bombs. Secondly, you have the freedom to choose the ingredients that you want. This is particularly favorable to individuals who have sensitive skin.

Tips for Choosing the Best Bath Bombs

With so many bath bomb products in the market, it can be overwhelming to choose the one that is perfect for you. Below are some useful tips that will enable your search for the best bath bomb to be less tedious, and more fun.

1.   Quality– This should be your first concern before you purchase the bath bomb. Choose a high-quality bath bomb for the best bath experience.

2.   Residue– Many bath bombs tend to leave residues on your bath tub. Unless you like cleaning up after an invigorating shower, then it is best you select one that doesn’t leave residue and stain your bathtub.

3.   Ingredients– The ingredients in the bath bombs are very crucial. You should ensure you buy one that doesn’t have any harmful substances added to it. Additionally, you should stay away from the ones that have irritants. Limonene, alpha-isomethyl ionone, and linalool have been proved to be the most common irritants.

If you have sensitive skin, then it is advisable you choose the ones that are made from essential oils and natural ingredients.

4.    Customer reviews– If you ever find yourself at a loss on which bath bomb is perfect for you, then you should do a little bit of research. Go to various sites, such as Amazon, and see which product has the highest customer satisfaction.

5.    Personal taste and preference– Okay, so you have done your research and found a variety of great bath bombs in the market. The next step is to determine the scent and even the color that is appealing to you. After all, everyone has their own unique tastes

6.    Long-lasting– The best bath bombs are the ones that last for a long time in the bathtub. It should fill the room with its relaxing aroma until you are through with your bath.

Benefits

•    The essential oils aid in relieving pain and muscle cramps.

•    The salts in the bath bomb soften the water, thus moisturizing your skin.

•    Once they dissolve in the water, they enable the soap to lather efficiently.

•    They promote the health of your skin making it glow.

•    They also promote the health of your hair.

•    They act as stress relievers due to the calming effect they have on the body.

Different bath bombs come with their own fragrance, features, and benefits. This makes it challenging when it comes to choosing the best bath bomb. But, if you follow these simple tips, then you will be on your way to a sensational bath experience.

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