CSA Farming Internships in North Dakota for 2017
Enjoy a truly unique experience to be a part of a young farm! If you’ve ever considered the life of a farmer, this is your chance to experience it without the risk. Plus, learn to grow in the challenging short growing season of the upper Midwest.
General Description: Forager Farm is a wholesale and roughly 50-member vegetable (some sourdough bread + eggs) CSA and located in central North Dakota, a very rural place, but we are a thriving farm with plenty to do, explore, and learn. We are on a mission to revive our food culture by providing fresh, local, sustainable produce directly to our members. We believe people should have a relationship with their food, one that gives back to both you and the land.
2017 will be our 4th season. We are not certified organic, but believe in transparent farming practices and being open and honest about all inputs used on our farm. We do not use any synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, or any genetically modified seed.
In addition to the CSA, we are part of the North Dakota Farm to School Program and deliver fresh vegetables to the Jamestown Public School District August-October. We also sell wholesale to an amazing local cafe/restaurant, Terra Nomad Company and to our local food co-op, BisMan Community Food Co-op. We also attend one farmer’s market, BisMarket, at least bi-weekly on Saturdays (sometimes more), where we sell sourdough breads and pre-baked pizza crusts alongside our produce.
Number of Interns: 1-2
Minimum Length of Stay for the CSA Farming Internships: This is a 3-6 month long internship. Applicants who can start in August/September are welcome to apply.
Meals: Interns will have access to products from the farm, such as vegetables, eggs, honey and some meat. Some bulk dry goods will also be available. Interns are responsible for their own meals, however we do enjoy dining and cooking together and will occasionally share meals in our home.
Skills Desired: In addition to experience growing food, we’re interested in candidates with the following skills (preferred, but not necessary): carpentry skills, small livestock management, dairy experience i.e. milking an animal.
Educational Opportunities: You will be participating in a partial-full CSA season in North Dakota, learning daily life on a farm as well as the necessary operations for direct to consumer farms. Chosen candidates must participate in the FARRMS Internship Program an amazing opportunity that helps out local farms and creates a place of learning for those interested in sustainable farming in North Dakota. The FARRMS Internship Program provides beginning farmers and ranchers real world training in sustainable agriculture. Participants in the FARRMS internship program live and work full time on a mentor farm for up to an entire growing season, receiving ongoing instruction and learn in-depth skills unique to the mentor farm’s operation. The goal of the FARRMS internship program is to prepare beginning farmers and ranchers with the fundamental skills and concepts of operating a successful farm. We also host an annual Farm Dinner where our friend, Chef Tyler prepares a mostly local meal and we dine together in the veggie patch
CSA Farming Internships Housing: Interns will live in our 35’ camper, complete with full kitchen, bathroom and one shared bedroom as well as open living spaces. We will be accepting 1-2 workers for the season, so keep in mind you may be sharing the space. Couples and/or close friends are welcome. Interns are responsible for cleaning the camper
CSA Farming Internships: In addition to the vegetables we also have laying hens and a small trip of dairy goats that we will milk starting in June 2017. The milk is just for farm consumption at this time, but we are working towards a micro-goat dairy in the future. seeding, transplanting, weeding, harvesting/washing/packing CSA boxes twice weekly and wholesale order 1-2 times a week, help at deliveries, rotational grazing management of goats, milking goats, holistically/herbally manage the herd health, occasional tractor and walk-behind work, collect and wash eggs from our 60 laying hens, assisting in the kitchen on sourdough bake days, assisting on occasional building projects, etc.
To apply for the CSA Farming Internships, visit our website at http://foragerfarm.com/about-the-farm/interns/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.