Farber Farm – Education Specialist/FieldHand

Contact information
Farm Address:
4361 Perryville Rd
Ortonville, Michigan, 48462

Primary Contact: alexandra rosenberg
Primary Phone:
    Number: 2489777031
    Email: arosenberg@tamarackcamps.com

Website: https://tamarackcamps.com/

Internship information
General Farm Description: The Farber Farm at Tamarack Camps is a 1 acre diversified demonstration farm serving our summer camp, year round retreat center, and local community. The farm is situated on the rural campus of a 1000 acre site boasting woodlands, prairies, wetlands, lakes, ponds and streams. We are a no-till farm producing food in service to educational programming for our summer camp and retreat center. Our team of farmers and educators work to create a beautiful, abundant, and productive space rooted in Jewish agricultural values and culture. Our produce is used on farm for fresh eating, cookery programs, and food preservation lessons. Produce also serves our on-camp dining facility and excess is donated to local food pantries. While we are a Jewish agricultural program, we do not require staff to be Jewish. Our team is diverse and we welcome all applicants!

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: June 9th
Internship Ends: August 11th
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: April 1st
Minimum Length of Stay: June-Aug

Internship Details:

The Farber Farm Summer Specialists are the education/program/farmhand team during the summer camp weeks (June-August 2023). The specialists are responsible for implementing field work and summer camp programs at the farm centered around written farm curriculum as well as their own experience of farm related activities. These specialists will work and report directly to the Farm Educator and Farm Manager to ensure that farm activities are done correctly and at appropriate times (example: when and how to harvest certain crops, what and where to weed, correct program management etc.). The specialists should have an interest in and/or experience with food, farming, homesteading skills, sustainability, Jewish agricultural knowledge, and experiential education. The FFSE will work very closely with Camp Maas staff and are under the direct supervision of the Camp Maas Director and Farm Manager. The FFSE will follow all Tamarack Camps COVID safety guidelines and all Farber Farm COVID safety guidelines. Start date flexibility, but no later than June 9th.

Specialist Job Responsibilities Include
-Implementation of farm programming
-Collective care of farm/field program tools and supplies
– Farm and garden labor at appropriate times
-Assistance with Sensory Garden maintenance and programming with adult participants of diverse abilities (planting, weeding, keeping area clean, propagation/purchase of Sensory Garden plants, water management, trail upkeep, etc.)
-Maintaining clean and comfortable common spaces
-Maintaining clean and organized culinary and arts/crafts program supplies and materials
-Running of the farm Mud Oven (includes stocking firewood, keeping area clean, running the Mud Oven and training other staff members to assist in Mud Oven programming, management of all dough making)
– Collaboration with camp wide art/cooking programming
– Participating in and initiating camp sustainability initiatives
-Work with the Farm Manager to coordinate garden work specific activities such as harvesting, weeding, planting etc.
-Assist with animal chores
-Implementation of Family Camp programs

Desired Qualifications:
– Interest in participating on an organic farm of any scale in any capacity farming/educating
– Passion for outdoor education involving youth
– Willingness to work some weekends
-Enthusiastic about food – cooking, eating, preserving
-Excellent communication skills
-Ability to follow direction
-Ability to lift 30+lbs, squat, crawl, bend, and be on your feet all day in varied weather conditions
-Ability to start early-mid June 2023

Educational Opportunities: You will be fully trained by our farm manager and farm educator on all farm work and education objectives including no-till growing, food forest management, flower production, greenhouse transplant production, hoop house growing, small scale livestock care, food preservation, herbalism, cooking, and more. There are also opportunities off the farm to join in on optional external farm visits and time for you to experience other areas of our facility (waterfront, ceramics, trails, etc.)

Skills Desired: We are willing to train the right candidate but of course any farm or homesteading experience is preferred. Any experience in educational sectors is wonderful, but you will go through a facilitator training upon arrival. We are seeking creative, passionate and FUN folks.

Meals: Yes, all meals and lots of snacks are provided via our on-site dining facility. You also have access to our farm produce, pantry staples, and on farm kitchenette.

Stipend: Yes. This is a paid position with housing, all meals, and farm produce provided.

Housing: Yes, shared housing is provided in large multi person cabins throughout the 1000 acre property.

Preferred method of Contact: email