Flower Farming Internship
Last Updated On: julio 18th, 2023 at 07:35AM MST
Contact informationFarm Address:
5305 W 500 S
Modoc, Indiana, 47358
Primary Contact: Wendy Carpenter
Secondary Contact: Adrian Hess
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: We are a certified organic (USDA and Real Organic Project) produce and cut flower farm located in east-central Indiana. Our farm is four acres, with about one and a half acres of bed space. Building healthy soils and growing high quality produce and flowers for our community are of upmost importance to us, so we use no-till methodologies and grow year-round. The vast majority of our marketing is done through farmer's markets and CSA's. Because of our location in a rural area of Indiana, we are passionate about doing what we do here for several reasons. The number of organic farms in our area is very limited, and we believe that providing this model for people is important. We have amazing customers who deeply appreciate our products, and we are an integral part of a developing local food system. The farming that we do is extremely rewarding. We love the work of growing amazing food, building relationships with the people who eat it, bringing beauty into people’s lives with the colorful flowers that we grow, forming an intimate connection with the land, and helping to mitigate the impact of the climate crisis. Doing this work is extremely demanding, however. More often than not, it is without glamor, and it pushes us to our limits at times. We think it’s worth it. We hope you’ll join us.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: The beginning of August.
Internship Ends: The end of October.
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months
Join us for 3 months of flower farming while living and learning on our organic no-till farm. You will be immersed in the work and life of the farm, and can expect to gain experience in the following areas as they relate to a wide variety of crops and their specific needs.
- Soil Stewardship & Ammending
- Cover Cropping
- Harvesting Flowers
- Arranging Bouquets
- Harvest/Wash/Pack of Produce
- Trellising Techniques
- Pest Management
- Season Extension
- Indoor and Outdoor Growing
- Moveable Hoophouses
- Organic Certification Processes
- Crop Planning and Rotation
While the primary focus of this intern position is the cut flower side of the operation, there will be some work done on produce as well, especially in scenarios when the whole crew is working together in the field.
Additional learning opportunities include the tasks related to living on a farm, such as food preservation, bread baking, and cutting & splitting firewood. It is our goal to help you learn what is of specific interest you, and to help you become a part of our operation so that you feel a sense of pride in the work that you do.
Educational Opportunities: We believe that a just and local food system is an imperative part of addressing food security, the health of our local economy, and the health of our planet. Teaching others how to raise food, the building block of that system, is what inspires us to host interns. We have over 25 years of experience with a variety of production practices and techniques and we want to share that knowledge as widely as we can. This happens both through hands-on learning and discussion. Video and literary resources are also available for interns and we take field trips to other farms to help provide exposure and connection with the local food system.
Skills Desired: We are looking for people who have experience with physical labor and hopefully agriculture or food production. We want curious people who are always interested in learning more, and who work to make the world a better place. Communication, responsibility, initiative, and motivation are imperative. It is important to be able to follow directions, work quickly and efficiently, and to be able to recognize that any critique is not personal. We want you to do work that you are proud to take ownership of. We want you to be an essential part of the farm. And we want you to learn.
Meals: We provide vegetarian ingredients for all meals. Lunches are shared, and we all take turns preparing food. Assistance will be given to those who do not at first feel comfortable cooking for a group. We eat very well.
Stipend: A $1000/month stipend is offered. Past interns report that they saved more money with our room/board/stipend system than they were able to in jobs that paid hourly.
Housing: We have a beautiful/comfortable converted grain-bin house on the property, which has two bed rooms, a full kitchen and bathroom, and shared living space. Campers are used for additional bedroom space and are a nice option for people who like a little more privacy.
Preferred method of Contact: email