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Permaculture Farm Internships
Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:57:12 +0000

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Permaculture Farm Internships (May-September 2019) at Unadilla Community Farm in West Edmeston, NY

Unadilla Community Farm, a 12-acre organic fruit and vegetable farm and off-grid permaculture education center in Otsego County, NY, is seeking interns for the 2019 season.

Our accredited permaculture farm internships have attracted interns from North & South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and New Zealand. Permaculture farm internships provide hands-on experience in low-till organic farming, regenerative agroforestry, permaculture, natural building, and food preservation. We are seeking interns interested in disconnecting from the mainstream, learning to support ourselves by growing our own organic produce, utilizing natural building methods to construct our barn and dwelling structures, making our own household products like soap and shampoo, reviving traditional agricultural and lifestyle practices, and living in community.

We grow a diversity of organic annual and perennial vegetables, mushrooms, herbs, and fruits to sustain us throughout the year. We sell our surplus to local natural food stores and restaurants in our region, and we offer a CSA program for families in our area. Our orchard consists of over 50 varieties of cold-hardy fruit and nut trees and berries. We also forage for wild foods, and raise chickens for eggs. We follow a whole foods, plant-based, vegetarian/vegan diet and supplement our produce with organic American-grown grains, beans, and other staples.

We are using natural building methods, as well as local and salvaged materials when possible, to construct our farm’s infrastructure. Our completed projects include a mobile chicken tractor and a self-sufficient tiny home with solar panel, rainwater collection, and wood-burning stove. We are in the process of completing a traditional New England timber framed barn on a rammed tire “Earthship” foundation.

Permaculture farm internships involve a commitment of 6 hours/day, 5 days/week, and interns participate in tasks such as organic farming, landscaping, natural building, food preservation, seed saving, harvesting and prepping veggie boxes for sale, and firewood preparation. We provide room & board for interns, plus free monthly classes. All meals are organic and vegan/vegetarian. Examples of our free monthly classes include: soap making, lotions and salves, compost building, foraging/wildcrafting, food preservation, natural fibers and dyes, cast iron vegan cooking, and gourd craft.

Our season runs from May through September, and we ask interns to commit to a minimum of 1 month. Email us at unadillacommunityfarm@gmail.com for more information and to apply for the permaculture farm internships. If applying, please include your dates available and resume. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

 

Learn more about farming and food jobs and internships, or how to post a job, internship, or apprenticeship opportunity at https://www.beginningfarmers.org/internship-and-employment-opportunities/   

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Steelbow Farm in Maine Seeks Part Time Help
Sat, 15 Dec 2018 10:15:50 +0000

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Part Time Farm Help Wanted at Steelbow Farm in Maine - 2019

Steelbow Farm is hiring for the 2019 season. We are looking for part-time (20-30 hours) positions, with the possibility of more hours as the season progresses. Work commences mid-May and wraps up in mid-October. 

Steelbow is small two person farm. This season we will be cultivating 1.5 acres; organically, intensively, sustainably for farmers market, CSA, and wholesale customers. We care truly, madly and deeply about the quality of the produce we grow. We love our work because it is physical, honest, and gratifying. 

We grow a rich array of vegetables and culinary herbs along the Kennebec River Valley in Central Maine.  We are working towards a minimal till system and farm with soil health and ecological diversity in mind. Being that we are 1.5 acres, we practice an intensive market gardening style, with many succession plantings and mostly all hand cultivation. We do use a BCS tractor for bed preparation and incorporating crop residues. 

We as farmers and community members believe whole-heartedly in supporting the renaissance of local, rural economies. We want to support a community that supports us!

This said, Steelbow Farm is also a young farm, and we are learning from each season, figuring things out as we go. There is ample room for ideas and to put a mark on our little farm. 

The ideal person has:

  • a deep love of food 
  • a real eye for detail 
  • motivation and self-discipline
  • ability to accept feedback and adapt accordingly
  • interest in the larger food system and sustainable agriculture  and a passion for the quotidien aspects of farming 
  • an eagerness & willingness to learn
  • ability to lift 50 lbs, spend much time bent over, and be on one’s feet for the majority of the work day
  • reverence for the outdoors and tolerance for working out in the elements 
  • a positive and buoyant attitude 
  • problem solving skills and an aptitude for thinking on one’s toes 
  • the ability to laugh at oneself 
  • seriousness about working efficiently & steadfastly 
  • tolerance for NPR, and all kinds of music 

Responsibilities:

- Participate in all aspects of production, including but not limited to:

  • greenhouse seeding, maintenance and record keeping
  • bed prep
  • transplanting, direct seeding 
  • weed control: hoeing, tarping, mulch application
  • harvest & processing of produce for market
  • caterpillar tunnel maintenance 

Starting pay will be determined on experience.  Farming experience is a plus, but not required. 

We will also provide each employee a generous share of veggies for their cooking needs. 

No on-farm housing is available, but we can help find a room or house for rent nearby if necessary. farm pups may be allowed as long as they behave appropriately, listen to commands, and gets along with other dogs. 

To apply for a position at Steelbow Farm please email: steelbowfarm@gmail.com with a resume, cover letter detailing why you are interested in farm work and two professional references. 

Check out our www.steelbowfarm.com and/or instagram to get a feel for the farm.

 

Learn more about farming and food jobs and internships, or learn how to post a job, internship, or apprenticeship opportunity with us at https://www.beginningfarmers.org/internship-and-employment-opportunities/   

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Farm and Fiddle seeks Interns in Tennessee
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:24:56 +0000

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The Farm and Fiddle in Middle Tennessee Seeks 2019 Internship Farmily

Samantha Lamb Foulks here at The Farm and Fiddle. I am one happy peach you are reading our profile & are interested in our farm. We are a holistic farm in the heart of Tennessee. Located in a area called Fly, We are a short 45 minute drive to Nashville. We strive to provide a complete diet to our 30 CSA members, grow veggies for a few like minded, fantastic restaurant & market customers, & provide the public with a great farm learning experience. Our side business is a small pasta company fondly named "Pastures Of Pasta" where we make all kinds of fresh & dried pasta. We farm on 21 acres of mixed pasture & hardwood forest. We milk our 4 dairy cows year round & seasonally milk our french dairy sheep. By the spring of 2019, Farm and Fiddle will have over a acre and a half of market garden space where we grow just about everything, including vegetables, fruit, herbs, cut flowers & mushrooms. We also have a large flock of free range Ducks, Chickens & Geese who provide our customers with fresh eggs.

At Farm and Fiddle you can learn about:

*Organic Gardening/Permaculture

*Soil Building

*Pasta Making

*Milking & Cheese Making

*Growing Mushrooms

*Selling at Farmers Markets

*Working with livestock

*Canning

*The inner-workings of a CSA

*Making A True Living As A Farmer...

 

Types of Internships at Farm and Fiddle:

*3 Full Season Spots

(March-November)

-Small money stipend, all meals, room & board, endless animal cuddles & all the veggies you can eat.

*4 two month spots

-all of the above except stipend

We are looking for a interns that are interested in not only getting a comprehensive education, but heading up our Veggie Production, Flower/Herb Production or our Pasta Making.

We have a intern cottage with two lofts for our interns to set up a shop in. We have also prepared a room in our barn’s hayloft for our interns & WOOFers to stay. It has electric & can be made cozy to your liking. You will hear our animals below you during the night. We will ask for references upon your interest in staying at our farm. You will have access to our farm house for the kitchen & bathroom. We enjoy communal meal preparing & eating (the fridge is completely yours to eat from also). We have two sheep dogs that stay with the livestock & two rescued dogs that stay around our farm house.

We insist that you feel comfortable around dogs.

Farm and Fiddle is surrounded by many beautiful trees, various other farms & beautiful springs. Many opportunities for exploring. We have a UTV you are welcome to borrow. We are also happy to provide transportation at various times to Nashville or surrounding sights if you do not have a car.

*We expect our Interns & WOOFers to stay at least three weeks & up to the whole growing season.

*You will be expected to work in the garden, work with the dairy cows & dairy sheep, feed & water poultry & occasionally help us at our various farmers markets & above all enjoy your time on our farm.

*You will be given Sundays off & the hours of work will change

depending on the projects.

*We prefer no children or pets.

*We really want Interns & WOOFers who want to learn about sustainable farming.

Look forward to hearing from you!

Send your resumes & essential information to thefarmandfiddle@gmail.com & we shall be in touch with you ASAP & check out our website: thefarmandfiddle.com

 

Farm and Fiddle seeks Interns in Tennessee
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Indian Line Farm Seeks Employees/Apprentices – MA
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 10:16:27 +0000

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Indian Line Farm is Looking for Full and Part Time Employees or Apprentices for the 2019 Season in Massachusetts

Indian Line Farm, the oldest CSA in the US, is a Certified Naturally Grown farm growing for 140 members, the Great Barrington Farmers’ Market, and several stores and restaurants. Our farm is located in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts. Our community is known for its beautiful rural landscape, myriad outdoor and cultural activities, as well as for having a thriving local food economy. The work is physically demanding and fast paced. At the same time we enjoy the day, have a sense of humor and take pride in our results.

We are looking for full and part-time employees or apprentices with at least one season of experience working outdoors in some capacity. Will take the right person who has no experience. Our crew usually consists of 3-5 people. Pay dependent on experience and if housing needed ($10-14/hr). Our schedule is M-F 7:00-4:30 with Saturdays 6:45-12:00 two times per month. Season is from mid March through the end of October. Some options for November work too.

Job responsibilities at Indian Line Farm will include all manner of tasks involved in vegetable, herb, and cut flower production including:

  • Filling flats, seeding, preparing farm beds

  • Irrigating in fields and watering plants inside and outside greenhouses

  • Transplanting seedlings

  • Caring for plants in all aspects of pre-harvest stage, including hoeing and weeding by hand

  • Weed whacking, mowing and using other equipment (including tractors) after demonstrating proficiency

  • Harvesting with sharp knives, clippers and by hand

  • Washing, packing and sorting of produce

  • Doing deliveries

Qualifications include:

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and be physically fit for a demanding job

  • Ability to work in all weather—cold, rain and heat

  • Must have a valid driver’s license

  • Must have a good attitude and work well with a farm crew and volunteers

  • Must present self well with the clients we serve: farm members, farmers’ market customers, chefs, and produce managers

  • Must be able to work efficiently and quickly

Benefits include:

  • Fun, educational and supportive work environment

  • Great veggies and fruit

  • Workers compensation

  • Paid mid-morning break with food provided

Please apply by sending Elizabeth an email at ekeenfarms@gmail.com indicating your interest and she will send you an application.  Please be sure and check out our website first for other information on the possibilities for employment and apprenticeships.
 

Indian Line Farm

57 Jug End Rd.

Great Barrington, MA 01230

indianlinefarm.com

413-429-5978

 

Learn more about farming and food jobs and internships, or how to post a job, internship, or apprenticeship opportunity on beginningfarmers.org at https://www.beginningfarmers.org/internship-and-employment-opportunities/   

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Food Safety News, Conservation News, and More
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 10:17:15 +0000

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Here again is the latest news from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) featuring Food Safety news, Conservation News, and a Job Announcement for Coalition Director...

FOOD SAFETY NEWS  

Press Release: New Food Safety Support Available to Farmers Across Sixteen States 

Starting next year, produce growers in 16 states will gain access to no-cost voluntary Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices (H-GAP) and Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices Plus+ (H-GAP Plus+) audits. This important service, which will increase market access for countless family farmers across the 16 states, was made possible by a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA). On January 2, 2019, AMS will begin offering these no-cost audits, which are supported by Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) funds.READ MORE 

Food Safety News Stories from the Field: From Food Safety Training to Audit Day 

An audit or inspection can be a nerve-racking experience for any business owner. Farmers in North and South Carolina, however, have greatly benefited from having a trusted ally – the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) – to help them through the process. Through their Local Produce Food Safety Initiative, CFSA, an NSAC Member, provides farmers in the Carolinas with trainings, one-on-one assistance, and practical resources to help them comply with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules and successfully pass third party food safety audits.READ MORE  

CONSERVATION NEWS  

Leveraging Conservation Dollars: Agricultural Practices that Deliver 

With many big decisions about farm and conservation policy on the horizon (e.g., the 2018 Farm Bill, federal implementation of current conservation programs), an understanding of which programs and practices deliver the most conservation ‘bang’ for our taxpayer ‘buck’ is essential. A new report published by the Izaak Walton League of America, a National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) member group, highlights the benefits to multiple natural resources provided by five key conservation systems currently in use on America’s farms and ranches.

NSAC NEWS

NSAC is looking to hire for a Coalition Director!

Are you deeply committed to public service and are experienced in administration in the field of sustainable agriculture? Would you enjoy leading a passionate, high-performing, member-engaged, and collaborative organization that is dedicated to working for racial equity? NSAC is looking for a new Coalition Director. NSAC offers competitive non-profit salary and benefits and is an equal opportunity employer.READ MORE  

 

Learn more about Farm Policy and Agricultural Politics https://www.beginningfarmers.org/farm-policy-agricultural-politics/

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New Entry Farm Business Planning Course in MA
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 10:33:43 +0000

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New Entry Farm Business Planning Course in Massachusetts - Winter 2019

The New Entry Farm Business Planning winter session is coming up! The course meets for 8 evening sessions, each filled with information and activities! The Farm Business Planning course is meant to help you create a written plan, which is designed to start or expand your farm business. The plan you write in class can be used in your application to grow on our incubator farm! 

If you are new to farming, it is recommended that you take our Explore Farming workshop before registering for this class so that you can best assess what resources you currently have and what you will need to start farming before creating a written business plan. An Explore Farming workshop can help you, but all may register for the Business Planning class!

Course Description
In the Farm Business Planning course, you will learn how to:

  • Create a mission and vision for your business
  • Develop a budget and a plan to fund your business
  • Create a marketing plan for your business
  • Set goals and create a timeline for your farm business to grow
  • Weave those elements together into a cohesive business plan

Farm Business Planning Course Details:
This course meets on Tuesday evenings for 8 weeks at the Waldorf School in Beverly; our winter session begins in January 2019.

Winter 2019 Session
Time: Tuesdays, 6-9 pm
Dates: January 8 - February 26, 2019
Location: The Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, 701 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 01915
 
Registration & Cost
Details on cost, scholarships, and registration forms can be found on the course page!
 

Attend an upcoming Explore Farming Workshop!

This is a free two hour workshop with presentations and in-class activities designed to help you identify what actions you will need to take towards farm business ownership. The next session will be announced soon! 

If you have questions about the Farm Business Planning Course

Contact Alex Matthews
alex.matthews@tufts.edu
(978)-654-6745

New Entry Farm Business Planning Course in MA
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Building Farm Profit with Holistic Financial Planning
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 17:58:19 +0000

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Building Farm Profit Into the Picture with Holistic Financial Planning
 
If you’ve been struggling to make your farm operation profitable without driving yourself into the ground, this financial planning course is for you. Ultimately, it will help you with the delicate balancing act that all farmers must succeed in: balancing healthy profits with healthy land and a healthy farm family and personal life.
 
Learn all about farm financial planning in the six-week "Building Farm Profit with Holistic Financial Planning"online course with the Cornell Small Farms Program.
 
 
January 14 - February 18, 2019
 
Webinars on Monday Evenings
 
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. EST
 
 You will learn how to make financial decisions toward farm & family values and goals, and how to build profit into your plans up front, rather than hoping there is something left once expenses are subtracted from income. If you have been struggling with the financial statements in your business plan, this is a great course to help you focus in on these and get clear on your numbers.
 
Online courses are led by expert farmers and extension educators, who guide students through the latest research-based information to help improve efficiency and increase profit on small farms. Students connect with other farmers, work on farm plans, and gain practical tips without leaving their home. Course content can be accessed anywhere with a high-speed internet connection.
 
Through the Building Farm Profit with Holistic Financial Planning Course course participants will:
  • Have a written statement of your family’s values and vision and know how to use it to guide financial and overall farm decision-making
  • Have a written Annual Financial Plan mapping out your planned profit, income streams, and expenses (this plan doubles as a cash-flow statement in your business plan and is one of the main documents a lender will want to see)
  • Understand that all expenses are not created equally, and now how to prioritize and cut them
  • Know how to monitor your plan so that you can correct your course when you start to go off-plan
 
Register Now for Building Farm Profit with Holistic Financial Planning - Early registration discount ends on Monday, December 17.
 
Meet the Building Farm Profit with Holistic Financial Planning Instructors:
 
Phil Metzger - Former conservationist with the National Resource Conservation Service for over 30 years, and has been an instructor and Certified Educator of Holistic Management for 13 years.
 
Allyson Angelini - Owner and operator of Full Heart Farm in CT, and has been using Holistic Financial Planning on her diversified farm operation for over 5 years.
 
 
Learn more about building farm profit with farm business planning at https://www.beginningfarmers.org/farm-business-planning/
 

Building Farm Profit with Holistic Financial Planning
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Intensive Organic Production Courses in Michigan
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:53:16 +0000

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 Registration is Open for Intensive Organic Production Courses (Organic Intensives) in Michigan - 2019
 
Intensive Organic Production Courses (Organic Intensives) on January 12th, 2019 is the Michigan Organic Food And Farm Alliance's (MOFFA's) flagship educational event for 2019. They are offering four excellent Intensive Organic Production Courses this year for farmers and gardeners.

Healthy Organic Livestock: Matt Shane, organic sheep farmer and MSUE livestock educator will discuss organic monitoring and treatment to maintain a pastured flock of small ruminants in optimum health in an organic system. Karry Trickey, NRCS district conservationist, will cover soil, soil biology, and pasture management techniques for rotational grazing. Mike Metzger, small ruminant educator with MSUE, will discuss meat and dairy goat production. Aimee Swenson-Buckley will cover decision-making for small scale sheep producers—from breed selection to improving market access. Whether you're experienced in raising small ruminants or just thinking about adding a few sheep or goats to your operation, join us to learn more about grassland and ruminant management for health.

Organic Mushroom Cultivation: In this course you will learn how to grow gourmet mushrooms from mushroom scientist Chris Wright and long-time mushroom grower Michael Levine. Adding mushrooms to your diversified farm or backyard garden can be rewarding both financially and nutritionally. Chris and Mike will share their expertise and teach how to inexpensively grow oyster, shiitake, morel and other lucrative, high demand fungi. Presentations will include a brief overview of fungal biology and then focus on cultivating mushrooms via log, straw and mushroom bed production systems. The program will include hands-on demonstrations.

Technology in Organic Row Crops: Today’s organic field crops such as corn, soybeans, dry beans, soft wheat and other small grains bring a premium and growing the best crop possible is in the best interest of the organic farmer. This OI introduces the producers to basics in Precision Planting, Camera Guidance Cultivation, Advanced Weed Management, and more. These tools are helping organic farmers get their crop off to a better start, cultivate to closer tolerances, and do better field work.  Although these tools may have to go on the wish list for now, organic growers should make themselves aware of the newest technology.

Advanced Organic Soil Management: We all manage soil, and we all strive to improve it year by year. But often our efforts amount to a scattershot approach, addressing one aspect in one year, and switching gears the next without evaluating the effectiveness of our interventions, or continuing to monitor the state of the soil or the health of the crop. Soil health is measured multiple ways: fertility testing, mineral testing, biological assays and plant productivity. Understanding how to interpret these results and put them to use to improve soil health and plant health is critical to sustainable success. Dan Kittredge of the Bionutrient Food Association will entertain attendees for the day on soil testing interpretation and strategies to improve, maintain and monitor soil health, with an underlying message of improving food quality.

This is a great opportunity to invest in your future. Please connect to the detailed descriptions of the Intensive Organic Production Courses linked above and select the one best for you. The registration fee includes the day-long program, printed support materials, lunch, and a great chance to network with fellow farmers and gardeners from across Michigan. The fee of $80 for MOFFA members and $95 for non-members prior to December 15 is calculated to provide a quick return on your investment. After December 15, the cost will increase to $90 for members and $105 for non-members, and class size is limited, so we encourage you to register now.

A limited number of targeted scholarships for Intensive Organic Production Courses are available for Agriculture Professionals and Educators—including K12 educators, Master Gardeners, Extension personnel—anyone who is involved in teaching people how to grow food. Partial scholarship support is also available for anyone else for whom cost is a barrier. To inquire about a scholarship, email us at moffaorganic@gmail.com.

 

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Organic Farmer Training Program Accepting Applications
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 10:31:46 +0000

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The MSU Organic Farmer Training Program is Accepting Applications for 2019

Please share with beginning farmers, or farm employees and volunteers seeking to get into farming in urban or rural settings...

Organic Farmer Training Program

The Organic Farmer Training Program teaches organic farming through hands-on activities, farm walks, classroom activities & discussions, video lectures, readings, guest speakers, visits to 20+ Michigan farms and practical assignments, like writing a Farm Business Plan. The Organic Farmer Training Program is a vibrant, diverse and positive learning community where students learn from each other and can share their unique skills, experience and goals. For more info, visit the Organic Farmer Training Program Website  or email your questions to msufarm@msu.edu
The Organic Farmer Training Program can only accept 23 participants this year. Strong applicants meet 3 criteria: 
     --Hands-on farming experience
     --Plans to start or manage a farm or educational farm project in the future
     --Ability to contribute to a positive learning community
However, we take into account your full life experience and relevant skills that contribute to success in farming, such as marketing or business experience, mechanical or building skills, relevant education, etc.  The program is not appropriate for initial exposure to organic farming, but we may be able to recommend a farm in your area to work or volunteer to strengthen your application

PROGRAM DETAILS:
~March 18th-November 11th (NO CLASS May 27 & September 2)
~Mondays 9am-5pm @ the MSU Student Organic Farm in East Lansing, MI
~$3,900 plus required books (scholarships of $500 to $3500 available)

TIME COMMITMENT
Full class day each Monday 
+ 3 - 10 hours per week for assignments, video lectures and readings
+ Weekend trip to Traverse City farms (June 22 - 24)
+ Time working or volunteering on a farm 

APPLICATION MATERIALS 
-application form
-transcripts
-resume
-2 professional letters of recommendation (not friends or family)
-Farm visit (contact us for other options if you are too far away to visit) 
-$50 application fee (checks to Michigan State University).
-OPTIONAL- Scholarship application & financial statement if applying for a scholarship

1.  Email scans/photos of documents & questions: 
msufarm@msu.edu,  subject line "OFTP Application"
2.  Mail to:
     Katie Brandt
     MSU Student Organic Farm
     Plant & Soil Science Building
     1066 Bogue St., Room A288
     East Lansing, MI 48824
NOTE: University mail is slow. Emailing scans/photos of documents is recommended if you have internet access.
~Rolling Admissions - we accept applications until the cohort is filled!

CONTACT:
msufarm@msu.edu (subject line "OFTP") 
517-230-7987 (voice mails checked weekly, email will receive quicker response)
~Please feel free to ask questions to help you decide if this is the right program for you. 

 
 

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Backbone Food Farm Internship in Maryland
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 18:14:07 +0000

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Backbone Food Farm Internship in Maryland - Apply Now for 2019

Looking for a place to start farming? Internships at Backbone Food Farm! Celebrating 20 years of farming.

Our farm sits on 106 acres at the foot of Backbone Mountain in far western Maryland, close to the WV border. We are 10 minutes from Oakland, our county seat, and 2.5 hours from Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., and Baltimore. This area is known for its small farms, State and National forests, outdoor recreation areas including world class whitewater, hiking and mountain biking, and picturesque small towns. We are 30 minutes from active arts, culture, and breweries in Thomas and Davis WV. There is a CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) group that meets nearby throughout the summer.

We have been farming here for 20 years, and have been hosting interns for 18 years. We have skills and resources to share!

Backbone Food Farm Internship Description – We are offering two internship positions for the 2019 growing season.  By committing to an entire season, you may form a realistic picture of farm workload expectations, and the farm cycle from beginning to end. Our season begins in early April and ends mid-October. Shorter college schedule positions may be considered! The main focus of the internship will be planting, growing, harvesting and marketing our 8 acres of bio-extensive. And intensive raised bed style gardens for our 40 member CSA, three farmers markets farmers markets a week, and restaurant/store deliveries.  Specific skills learned will include (but not be limited to) greenhouse management, greenhouse seeding, soil block making, variety selection, raised bed cultivation, high tunnel management, transplanting, proper weeding technique, scything, cover cropping, disease and pest management techniques, trellising, direct seeding, selecting, harvesting, and processing quality produce, market sales and display.  Other areas interns will be involved with include livestock care, mushroom cultivation and basic building projects.  Barn chores, feeding and portable fence rotation for cows, horses and pigs will be part of the routine.  Shiitake mushroom cultivation on logs will be learned, as well indoor oyster mushroom cultivation.  Gain experience with small fruits and brambles in our small orchard- 100 blueberry bushes, and multiple raspberry patches. The opportunity to learn the use of tractor and equipment exists on a limited basis for those interested.

Backbone Food Farm Internship Housing- Interns will be housed on the farm in one of several on farm accommodations, all basic, but functional.  No electricity in housing, but available on the farm for phones, lap tops, etc.  Wi-Fi accessible.  We take a family style approach to our crew, eating meals together and supporting each other.  All food provided when you are working- lunch and dinner usually prepared, fix your own breakfast and help with meal clean up. Good food!  Meat from the farm or neighbors only, local eggs, milk and yogurt from the farm and plenty of veggies! You must cook for yourself on days off.  Our family values its privacy on days off, we do not share our house those days, and need to find folks who can respect this. 

Backbone Food Farm Internship Compensation - Interns will receive $100 per week and room and board. 

Who are we looking for? No farm experience is necessary, but it is helpful. We appreciate people who are responsible, able to take initiative and follow directions, clean up after themselves, and be creative and committed. We are looking for folks wanting to learn FARMING skills. We are generally easy going and flexible and have found that a good match tends to be the same. A general appreciation for children and family, and a sense of humor is a definite bonus! The ability to work a long, full week outside that involves heavy lifting and repetitive tasks is key.  An interest in doing rewarding, meaningful work in a peaceful, beautiful, fun, safe environment IS required.  A valid driver’s license is very helpful, but not required.  All applicants will be asked for a current resume and three references.

What are you looking for? If you are interested in learning the basics of seasonal small farm work including animal husbandry basics, greenhouse management, seeding, weeding, transplanting, harvesting, processing and marketing as well as the fundamentals of shiitake and oyster mushroom cultivation, consider a Backbone Food Farm Internship for a great summer of work and learning.

 

All applicants for the Backbone Food Farm Internship will be asked for a current resume and three references.

Please visit our website to fill out an application.

www.backbonefarm.com

Join us this summer for a Backbone Food Farm Internship? We’ll be hard at it! We would love to include you.

 

Learn more about farming and food jobs and internships, or learn how to post a job, internship, or apprenticeship opportunity on beginningfarmers.org by going to https://www.beginningfarmers.org/internship-and-employment-opportunities/   

Backbone Food Farm Internship in Maryland
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