Internship at Lake Divide Farm

Location: Waterloo Twp, MI
Deadline: May 31, 2017

Internship Opportunity at Lake Divide Farm Waterloo Township, MI 49285 40 minutes from Ann Arbor and Lansing, 30 minutes from Chelsea and Jackson Applications accepted on a rolling basis until filled. Contact: Helen Chandler via email Helen@lakedividefarm.com  Website: http://www.lakedividefarm.com https://www.facebook.com/LakeDivideFarm

 Lake Divide Farm is named for the unique way the Huron and Upper Grand watersheds divide the property in half. It is located in Jackson County, Michigan on 54 acres of open and wooded land. We grow vegetables and fruit on 5 acres and sell primarily at farmers’ markets. We use organic practices and will be getting certified this year. We are dedicated to using the most sustainable and ecologically sound available to us. We are always learning and looking for sounder practices with the long term health of our ecosystems and communities in mind. To find out more about us visit our website or facebook page.

This is our first year growing in Michigan. For the past four years, we operated Whistling Wolf Farm in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. To get a broader picture of our ideals, feel free to visit www.whistlingwolffarm.com  or Whistling Wolf Farm’s facebook page.

Internship Details: Two positions available starting 04-01-2017 and 05-01-2017 and both ending 11-30-2017 Preference will be given to applicants that can stay for the full season. The internship is 5 days per week and 40 to 50 hours/week depending on the time of year. The days for the position starting in April are Monday through Friday. The days for the position starting in May are Tuesday through Saturday. This is an education position that offers the opportunity to take part in all farm tasks including but not limited to farm planning, greenhouse work, transplanting, fieldwork, and harvesting, as well as running a farmers’ market stand.

Pay: $8.90/hour plus produce

Skills Desired: Interns should have an upbeat attitude and strong work ethic, an interest in sustainable farming, enjoy learning, and be physically able to work long hours outdoors in the range of conditions nature provides. Experience with farm work or other types of outdoor work is desirable but not required.

Educational Opportunities: There is no substitute for hands-on experience and interns at Lake Divide will gain plenty! This is an excellent opportunity for someone considering farming as a career because it offers involvement and discussion of all aspects of the business as well as a chance to experience the cadence of the growing season. Interns will also work directly with the farm owner/operators Helen and Jim, providing a chance for discussion and to ask as many questions as they can think of.

As the season progresses, the reasons for farm choices (varieties, timings, cultural practices etc) will be discussed and clarified. Interns will have access to all educational materials in our library and are invited to take an active role in their farm education. We will provide direction to materials and resource that will help interns gain an in-depth understanding of their choice of topics. At the end of the season, interns are invited to participate in the season-end review where we will discuss successes and failures and lay groundwork for changes to be made for the following year.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, along with your resume and two references to helen@lakedividefarm.com