Internships available on Peasants’ Plot Sustainable Farm in Illinois:
Peasants’ Plot is a 20-acre slice of land, a narrow “island” of organic vegetable production amidst fields of conventional row crops in the heart of Illinois farm country. Their mission is to adhere to sustainable and organic farming methods while connecting consumers to the food they eat. Soil fertility is in the form of horse manure and green manure crops.
Who are the peasants? In 2007 Todd and Julia McDonald moved from their apartment in Chicago to land that was once the home of his grandparents. They maintain a strong connection to urban dwellers and have made them the focus of Peasants’ Plot, supporting about 180 CSA members in the Chicago area. This kind of agricultural model is referred to as “Community Supported Agriculture” or subscription farming and is an exciting trend away from the global, corporate-run food system.
Peasants’ Plot offers 5 internships to the right applicants. For those people requiring housing, this is a full-time commitment from mid April through mid September, exact dates negotiable.
Full-time (Live-On-The-Farm) Internship Description: 40 hours, for stipend $150/week ($300/week if you are a couple) plus housing and vegetables. The housing is a 26-ft long trailer with two twin beds, a bathroom and small kitchen. Interns will be part of all aspects of production including soil blocking, bed preparation, direct seeding, transplanting, harvesting, and post-harvest handling. Some practical experience in gardening and/or any type of farm labor is greatly preferred but not required.
Part-time Internship Description: 20-25 hours, for stipend 150/week plus vegetables. Part-time interns must provide their own housing in the nearby town of Manteno or Bourbonnais, IL.
Interns will be part of all aspects of production including soil blocking, bed preparation, direct seeding, transplanting, harvesting, and post-harvest handling.
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