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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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 email@example.com