Internship Opportunity at Down to Earth Farm in Florida

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Internship Opportunity at Down to Earth Farm in Florida Beginning Fall 2013 Down to Earth Farm is a 5 acre farm just ten minutes from downtown Jacksonville, Forida. They grow a variety of mixed veggie and cut flower crops on about two of those acres. We market through our 30 member CSA and two Saturday farmers markets. We grow using sustainable farming techniques but are not certified organic. For photos and updates from our farm, check out our Facebook Page:   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Down-to-Earth-Farm/107610712640912 or our blog:   www.downtoearthjax.wordpress.com Internship Starts: Sept. 1, 2013 Internship Ends: July 1, 2014 App Deadline: August 5, 2013 Minimum Length of Stay: Prefer full season but 3 month minimum stay is possible Learn more about the farm and how to apply by clicking "read more"... Internship Details: We are a small mixed vegetable farm, so the intern will be involved in all parts of the process from tractor driving, to seeding, to making compost, to planting, to weeding (woohoo!), to harvesting, to working farmers markets to dozens of other tasks that keep our little farm vibrant and running. As a relatively new farm, we are very open to new ideas and insights into making our farm better and more sustainable. We are often experimenting with new varieties and growing techniques. The fresh ideas of our interns have been invaluable. We keep a five day work week with Sundays and Thursdays free. The weekly hours vary with the season as winter workdays are shorter than spring hours. We have two children that are three years (Abigail) and six years old (Olivia). As a stay-at-home dad/farmer I spend at least one full day each week with them. My domestic responsibilities lead to a number of hours each week where the intern will work independently (though there are often workshare or other volunteers present). Our farm is just 10 minutes from downtown Jax and 30 minutes to beautiful beaches! Skills Desired: No work experience necessary, but a desire to learn about and practice sustainable agriculture is a must. Ability to work long hours in the heat or cold , and the ability to work independently are important characteristics. Our intern will be running one of our two markets on his/her own so a pleasant disposition and good communication skill are helpful. A valid drivers license is also necessary. Educational Opportunities: Every day is a learning experience at our farm! In addition to this hands on experience, our community has some farms that would be valuable to visit and learn from. Field trips and collaboration with these farms are always a possibility. Stipend: $500 a month. Stipend negotiable for a couple. Housing: The intern has his/her own bedroom and adjoining bathroom in our home. Meals: Meals are provided and mostly shared with our family. Cooking and cleaning tasks are shared

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