General Description: Lake Divide Farm is named for the unique way the Huron and Upper Grand watersheds divide the property in half. It is located in Jackson county, Michigan on 54 acres of open and wooded land. We grow vegetables and fruit on 5 acres and sell primarily at farmers’ markets. We use organic practices and will be getting certified this year. We are dedicated to using the most sustainable and ecologically sound available to us. We are always learning and looking for sounder practices with the long term health of our ecosystems and communities in mind. To find out more about us visit our website or facebook page.
This is our first year growing in Michigan. For the past four years, we operated Whistling Wolf Farm in Hunterdon county, New Jersey. To get a broader picture of our ideals, feel free to visit www.whistlingwolffarm.com or Whistling Wolf Farm’s facebook page.
Internship Starts: 04-01-2017 and 05-01-2017
Internship Ends: 11-30-2017
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: Until filled
Minimum Length of Stay: full season
Skills Desired: Interns should have an upbeat attitude and strong work ethic, an interest in sustainable farming, enjoy learning, and be physically able to work long hours outdoors in the range of conditions nature provides. Experience with farm work or other types of outdoor work is desirable but not required.
Educational Opportunities: There is no substitute for hands-on experience and interns at Lake Divide will gain plenty! This is an excellent opportunity for someone considering farming as a career because it offers involvement and discussion of all aspects of the business as well as a chance to experience the cadence of the growing season. Interns will also work directly with the farm owner/operators Helen and Jim, providing a chance for discussion and to ask as many questions as they can think of. As the season progresses, the reasons for farm choices (varieties, timings, cultural practices etc) will be discussed and clarified. Interns will have access to all educational materials in our library and are invited to take an active role in their farm education. We will provide direction to materials and resource that will help interns gain an in-depth understanding of their choice of topics. At the end of the seasons, interns will be invited to participate in a season-end review of the farm where we will discuss successes and failures and lay groundwork for changes to made for following year.
Stipend: $8.90/hour plus produce
Preferred Method of Contact: email
Internship Details: The internship is 5 days per week and 40 to 50 hours/week depending on the time of year. The days for the position starting in April are Monday through Friday. The days for the position starting in May are Tuesday through Saturday. This is an education position that offers the opportunity to take part in all farm tasks including but not limited to farm planning, greenhouse work, transplanting, fieldwork, and harvesting, as well as running a farmers’ market stand.
To apply for Organic Farm Internships in Michigan at Lake Divide Farm:
Please send a letter of interest, along with your resume and two references to firstname.lastname@example.org