Farm Intern Wanted in Ohio for 2013

Small Farm OhioCook's Garden Farm of New Lebanon, Ohio is looking for one intern or a stable couple for 2013. Ideal applicants would be folks who have decided to be market gardeners and wish to actually do it for a season before starting off on their own. Harvesting FlowersIntern(s) are needed from April 1st through August, to work and learn all aspects of business, working about 40 hours per week or a combined 40 hours a week for a couple. They will pay $800 per month and will also provide housing in a small self-contained, well-appointed cottage on the property, with free produce from their garden. They do NOT provide health insurance. Cook's Garden farm a small operation with one acre in produce, cut flowers and U-pick. They grow bedding plants for sale in May and also keep bees and sell extracted honey. Most of their produce and cut flowers are sold at a farmers’ market in Dayton, although they do have a significant door trade.

They specialize in very early tomatoes and lettuce EVERY week from mid-May to mid-October. They also grow a variety of other produce to make their booth colorful and varied. In flowers they specialize in large, mixed “country” bouquets; some ready-made and some made-to-order at the market. Though no longer certified organic, they use no commercial fertilizers or sprays in the garden.

They have the bare minimum of equipment, but have developed some unique tools and techniques that enable them to do very well.A typical summer work week includes garden maintenance, planting of weekly succession crops, harvesting produce and flowers, making up flower bunches and setting up and selling at farmer’s markets. Sundays are ALWAYS free!

Characteristics that they feel are necessary to succeed in this line of work include: enjoy working hard outside in all types of weather, good physical health, driver’s license, good sense of humor, genuine warmth for people, ability to prioritize and not procrastinate, and above all enthusiasm and integrity. They are located one mile north of New Lebanon, a small town of 5000, which is 13 miles west of downtown Dayton, OH.

In order to apply for this internship send an email to Cook’s Garden at: cooksgarden@gmail.com requesting an application or call 937-687-3753 for additional information. Deadline for application is March 1, 2013. Website:http://cooksgardennewlebanon.com

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