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281 135th St.
Amery, WI 54001
Contact: Emily Hanson, Klaus Zimmermann
Phone: [Office] 612-354-6282
Website: http://www.whetstonefarm.com, https://www.facebook.com/whetstonefarm/?ref=hl
Last Updated: 12-30-2016
General Description: Our 40-acre farm is located in western WI, about an hour from the Twin Cities of MN. Most of our farm is in pasture, on which we rotationally graze our flock of 100-200 sheep, depending on the season. We also raise heritage pigs from farrow to finish and grow about 3 acres of vegetables, which we market through a small farmers' coop and at a local farmers' market. We also have a few laying hens for us, a large kitchen garden, and are slowing working on putting in perennials like apple trees. We are headed into our fourth season farming together, our third season on this land. We love this area- the community of small farmers around us, the land, and the swimming hole right down the road!
Internship Starts: 04-01-2017 - flexible
Internship Ends: 11-15-2017 - flexible
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: 04-01-2017
Minimum Length of Stay: 4 months
Meals: We share our kitchen and many meals with the crew. We cook and eat lunch together, rotating who cooks for everyone. Breakfast, dinner and snacks are on your own, and there are small kitchenettes provided at your intern quarters. We are always open to sharing our kitchen with you to cook a larger meal, do some canning, or have company, given some notice. We provide grocery staples for both common meals and your kitchens but we also strive to eat mostly from the farm, so treats, packaged foods, and luxury items are at your own expense/discretion.
Both having been vegetarian in the past, we are familiar with meatless cooking, but now use animal products regularly. We want to be able to share our kitchen and the abundance of our farm in full with our interns, so some degree of flexibility about eating animal products is probably required.
Skills Desired: While farm experience is not necessary, a strong desire to work and common sense are. We find our work enjoyable and fulfilling, but hours are long and tasks can often be tedious, so a good attitude is a must. You must but able to work outdoors in all types of weather, lift moderately heavy loads, and walk a lot. You also need to be able to get along respectfully with us and your fellow intern- we will be living in relatively close quarters and working together a lot! A desire to learn new skills is much appreciated, and we are happy to teach new skills whenever possible.
Educational Opportunities: Our farm is a place to learn by doing. While we both love to teach and explain, we are not offering farm school. We are offering employment through which you can learn a lot if you are motivated and interested. We are still learning, too, and working long hours together will give us the opportunity to have many conversations and learn from each other.
Stipend: Pay starts at $8/hr, with room and board taken out before your paycheck. This means take-home pay will average $800-$1000/ month depending on hours worked.
Housing: Housing is included as part of your pay. We have several small on-farm residences (RV/camper/cabin) for interns. Each of these spaces is equipped with a kitchenette for preparing your own breakfast and dinner. You will have use of our shared kitchen for lunch, pantry, laundry room.
Preferred method Of Contact: Email or phone
Internship Details: If you're looking for a small, diversified farm where you can work and grow in 2017, we may be your people. As a Whetstone intern, you will be asked to work with both vegetables and animals, but will definitely spend more of their hours in the vegetable field. Tasks and responsibilities will include planting, weeding, cultivating, harvesting, operating tractors, washing and packing produce, moving sheep paddocks, assisting with lambing season, feeding/watering pigs, mowing, brush clearing, small building projects, etc. Interns work Monday-Friday, and our day starts at 7:30, with a brief morning break, lunch together, and wrapping up at 5:30. We have a toddler! We like him a lot, but if you are strongly opposed to children we may not be the farm for you.