Fair Share Farm LLC

Contact information
Farm Address:
18613 Downing Rd.
Kearney, Missouri, 64060

Primary Contact: Rebecca Graff
Secondary Contact: Thomas Ruggieri

Primary Phone:
    Number: (816)7214456
    Email: rebecca@fairsharefarm.com

Secondary Phone
    Number: (816)320-3763
    Email: tom@fairsharefarm.com

    Email: tom@fairsharefarm.com

Website: http://www.fairsharefarm.com

Internship information
General Farm Description: Located on 20 acres of the Graff family land in the loess hills of northeast Clay County, Missouri, Fair Share Farm is dedicated to organic agricultural practices that build soil and protect the environment. We grow an acre of crops for our live culture fermented krauts, kimchi and pickles, as well as a large community garden for ourselves and our workers. A laying flock of 80 pastured hens provides eggs for the crew and customers at the farmers market. Our fermented foods are produced on the farm in our commercial kitchen and are sold through subscription, at the Brookside Community Market and local stores. In 2019, we began a shift towards permaculture principals and installed an alley-cropping system of berms and swales with perennial plantings. This work is ongoing and next stages include planting more tree and shrubs along with the incorporation of a small flock of sheep.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: March 14, 2022
Internship Ends: November 30, 2022
Number of Internship Available: 1-2
Application Deadline: February 15, 2022
Minimum Length of Stay: entire season is preferred, but we are open to other possibilities.

Internship Details:

Learn all aspects of growing a diversity of vegetable crops using organic principles from seed to harvest, managing small livestock and creating live-culture fermented foods. Apprentices gain knowledge through hands-on work alongside farm managers and attend monthly one-on-one trainings with the farmers. These sessions will include crop plans, spreadsheets, financials, and lessons learned after 18 years of experience. We encourage our apprentices to enroll in the Growing Growers program for additional university-led instruction, www.growinggrowers.org. 30 hours per week, March- November. Compensation includes a stipend that works out to about $150/week with housing, utilities and training included. Plus paid time off, a gear stipend, and loads of veggies, transplants, eggs and ferments.

Health and safety: During the pandemic we are taking every precaution to keep ourselves, our workers and our customers safe. We require all workers to be vaccinated against COVID 19 and encourage everyone to get boosters. Everyone on our team will be trained in safety protocols which include wearing masks when indoors. All team members and apprentices will be required to obtain a food handlers permit from the Clay County Health Department and complete food safety training.

Educational Opportunities: Work alongside farmers with 18 years of experience, plus monthly one-on-one training sessions with farmers where we get into the spreadsheets, planning and financials that make the farm run. Learn the process of growing organic food, building soil with cover crops and animal rotations, managing flocks of pastured laying hens, establishing trees and shrubs in perennial polycultures. We encourage our apprentices to enroll in the Growing Growers program offered by K-State for even more in depth technical learning.

Skills Desired: We seek applicants that enjoy working outside in all sorts of weather. A community spirit and a desire to learn new skills as well as share knowledge is highly valued. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applicants of all backgrounds and identities to join us in our work.

Meals: We provide lots of fresh produce, eggs, and fermented foods for our workers. Occasional meals are shared at the farm.

Stipend: Yes, information is included above. We cover housing, utilities, and food along with stipend of around $150/week (we file the necessary tax forms, so the final amount is dependent on what deductions the apprentice takes).

Housing: We will prioritize candidates who would like to live in housing provided by the farm. Two houses sit on 40 acres with a shared pasture and barn. One house is currently occupied by 2021 farm apprentice, Ashley, who is staying on for the 2022 season. The second house is a 2 bedroom house, recently renovated which could house a single apprentice or couple. More information is available upon request.

Preferred method of Contact: email