Flower Farm Internship – Farmette Flowers – Field Intern. Colorado, 2018
Who We Are
We are a small flower farm and floral design studio in Lyons, CO. We operate on the property of the Lyons Farmette, an education center and wedding venue. We grow over 100 species of flowers for use in our wedding arrangements, our local grocery bouquets, and for our subscription bouquets. The farm is located in a small town that is home to two world-class music festivals and is only minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park and Boulder. We also grow herbs and vegetables for our on-farm dinners and for personal consumption. We have a little animal farm of goats, alpacas, and chickens. Between the two venues, we host 120 weddings per year, and provide flowers to about half those. It’s an incredibly beautiful place. Visit www.farmetteflowers.com and www.lyonsfarmette.com to learn more.
Flower Farm Internship Position
Learn to farm flowers. You will work closely with Helen to sow seed, transplant seedlings, make compost and compost tea, prepare beds, and weed plants. You will learn harvest and post-harvest handling techniques, make market and subscription bouquets, wash lots of buckets, and support the design team in setting up weddings. If your are interested in wedding floral design, there are opportunities for studio work as well. Live in a restored Airstream trailer on our quiet farm, with access to our communal vegetable garden and eggs from our chickens, learn beekeeping if you are so inclined, plus get as much goat and alpaca love as you can handle. Live in Lyons, home of 2 world-class music festivals, close to Rocky Mountain National Park and Boulder.
We are open about all aspects of our business to our interns, from planning the season, to planting and seed-starting, compost-making and our irrigation system, to marketing, interviewing brides, and bookkeeping. We tutor you throughout the season on how to grow and arrange flowers. We are happy to work with you on any college credit you may need. The farm is also home to many homesteading and DIY classes, from kimchi and sauerkraut making to spinning and knitting to cooking to chicken-keeping.
Basic Qualifications for the Flower Farm Internship
Field interns must:
- Be available for the entire growing season, April 1st through October 31st.
- Be able to work 40 hours per week across 5 work days
- Have interest in and previous experience working with plants – preferably, you are a passionate caretaker of living things.
- Be able to bend over, squat down, lift up to 50 lbs, work quickly and efficiently, and work in hot or cold conditions. This is a physical, outdoor job, and work can be strenuous and uncomfortable at times.
- Be able to wake up early. We often start our day at 6AM in the hotter months.
- Be willing to learn. Flowers are complicated and demanding to grow, and we grow over 100 species, each with their own peculiarities.
$800/month plus housing. One adorable refurbished Airstream trailer is offered to interns for housing, along with our outdoor kitchen and indoor bathrooms and showers.
No meals are provided, but you have free access to our eggs and veggies.
Apply for the flower farm internship at: www.farmetteflowers.com/employment by 2/15/18
Position duration: April 1st-October 31st, 2018, with opportunities for further employment.
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/