Grass Fed Beef and Vegetable Farm Internship in Mississippi

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Grass Fed Beef and Vegetable Farm Internship is Available on Cole Farm in Mississippi for 2017

Cole Farm is a family owned (since 1962) 160 acre diversified farming operation near Ovett, Mississippi (in Southeastern part of the state, the Pine Belt).  We produce grass fed beef from about 55 head of Angus mixed cattle, and we truck farm a variety of vegetables and fruits year round.  We also operate a gravel mine and produce some timber, pecans, and hay.  We market directly to individuals, at farmers markets, to independent vendors, to retailers and to wholesalers. Our operation is unique in that we are in the midst of a generational transition of management from father (age 77) to son (age 50).   The son has been away from the farm for about 15 years, and there is a tremendous amount of rebuilding, renovation, revitalization, growth and rethinking under way.  An intern would be a great help in providing an outsiders perspective on these challenging processes. We have a Facebook page, and could use help in updating it and beefing it up.  We also need help setting up a website. Grass fed beef and vegetable farm internship: Interns are expected to have good listening skills and a willingness to be part of a team.  No experience is required.  The physical requirements of the job include a great deal of bending, stooping and some heavy lifting.  Interns will work with hand tools, farm vehicles, and heavy equipment. We work 6-10 hours a day M-F and half a day on Saturday.  Interns will answer to Rickey Cole, the farm operator.  We will do a wide range of tasks around the farm, including planting, tillage, care and harvest of crops, cattle husbandry, fence building and repair, hay production and harvest, light timber work, excavation, and machinery maintenance are repair.  Interns will take part in marketing and delivery of farm produce as well.  The internship is for one year, with potential for further employment.  Transportation, housing, utilities and food will be provided by the farm on premises. Interns will receive a stipend of $500 per month.  In addition to ongoing practical training and mentorship concurrent with farm work, the farm operator will spend at least two hours per week outside of regular work hours (during lunch and/or evenings) one-on-one with the intern for Q&A, brainstorming, debriefing, interchange of ideas/concerns and discussions on farm practices and management. People interested in the grass fed beef and vegetable farm internship may apply via email to rickey@colefarm.biz on how to apply (an e-mail address, phone number, or address for sending the application must be included). Please include 1) resume  2) cover letter 3) personal statement 4) dates available, 5) references & 6) what you hope to gain from the internship.

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