Community Homestead is Seeking Summer and Full Year Interns for 2018 in Osceola, Wisconsin
This opportunity is unique – gain farming experience and work with people! Community Homestead is a vibrant farming community in Osceola, Wisconsin, one hour from Minneapolis, looking for full-time summer and one-year volunteers. Together, for 20 years now, forty people with and without special needs run a 250-member organic vegetable CSA, organic dairy and beef herd, bakery, processing kitchen, woodshop, six adult family homes, and land management and craft groups.
Community Homestead summer volunteers (interns) would be interested in immersion in any or all of these things, as well as a full social life here inclusive of adults with special needs. Our lives and work blur the lines of disability, and everyone who lives in the community is truly a valuable member of a large, productive team, with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture and social development. Job descriptions are tailored to an individual’s interests, but all will include ag and people work. In the past, summer people have focused on the garden five days a week, worked exclusively in the barn, or most commonly worked in a variety of interest areas for a large breadth of experience. We must emphasize that each work area also includes adults with special needs. This pillar of social work is the common thread that weaves through our lives.
This is a immersive residential opportunity, meaning that volunteers/interns live in one of our seven households and join in the daily rhythm of our home and work lives. Our many past volunteers have often told us their time here changed the direction of their lives, and at the very least one will leave with stories!
No agricultural or social work experience is necessary, but openness to both is a must! There is a four week minimum commitment, but usually we ask folks to try to stick around for at least a summer. Full room and board is provided, and one must pass a background check. Those staying two or more months receive a small spending-money stipend and other support as needed (i.e. health care). Mentorship is based on interest areas, with a minimum of one mentorship meeting weekly, and a training course including first aid. We can provide advisorship for school credit as needed.
See the Community Homestead website for more information, contact info, and photos of everyone at work on our beautiful property!
We require an application and references, due by May 15th for summer of 2018 (but other volunteer stays have a rolling deadline). Email directly for an application form!
To learn more about farming jobs and internships or to post an opportunity on beginningfarmers.org, go to: http://www.beginningfarmers.org/internship-and-employment-opportunities/