Gwenyn Hill Farm – Orchard & Perennial Plantings Leader

Contact information
Farm Address:
N130W294 Bryn Dr
Waukesha, Wisconsin , 53188-9334

Primary Contact: Linda B Halley
Primary Phone:
    Number: 6127418170


Internship information
General Farm Description: Gwenyn Hill Farm is a diverse, 430 acre, certified organic farm in the Kettle Moraine hills 40 minutes west of Milwaukee. Our core enterprises are production and marketing of pasture finished meats and seasonal vegetables. Our vineyard and orchard will be coming into production in 2021 and 2022. In the summer of 2020 we purchased a 100 cow organic dairy herd and are moving them to a grass-based system. A significant portion of our farm is sown to pasture and hay but we raise heritage grains and our own poultry feed mix in addition to small plots of dry beans and popcorn. When the opportunities open back up we will again offer targeted educational events to fellow farmers, interested consumers and students.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: Spring 2021
Internship Ends: None; Year-round position
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021
Minimum Length of Stay: 12 months

Internship Details:

The Orchard & Perennial Plantings Leader is responsible for the care, maintenance and planting of the varied perennial plants on Gwenyn Hill Farm, with the exception of the hay crop. Perennial crops include a 4 acre orchard of tree fruit and berries, a 1 acre vineyard of hardy table grapes, the hedgerows that divide the cropland into five and ten acre sections, and 10 acres of native grasses and forbs. In addition, there are perennial landscape installations around the farmhouses and buildings.
While impacted by the seasons, the Perennial Plantings Leader position is year-round.
The Perennial Plantings Leader reports to the Gwenyn Hill Farm General Manager.

Educational Opportunities: Working on an organic farm means that you will be in a constant state of learning. Every day provides new tasks, new challenges, and new opportunities.

Skills Desired: Experience: A qualified candidate should have experience in orchard and vineyard production and familiarity with native Midwestern species. • Knowledge of landscape maintenance and installation, including variety selection for low-input practices. Some design experience is a plus. • Knowledge of IPM and organic orchard and vineyard practices. • Ability to operate, or learn to operate, tractors, mowers, sprayers, and skid steers safely. • Pesticide applicators license or willingness to qualify and become licensed. • Competence with spreadsheets, word processing and presentation software. A basic understanding of social media and use of internet resources is a plus. • Proficiency to communicate orally and in writing both within the organization and with outside stakeholders. • Productive team membership. • Willingness to learn and implement best practices for diverse organic production and a wide variety of species husbandry. • Satisfactory driving record and valid driver’s license and the ability to obtain a CDL.

Meals: Employees are expected to bring their own meals, and to eat a sufficient breakfast to power them through their morning activities. There is a lunch break.

Stipend: Annual starting salary between $34,000 and $44,000, based on education and experience. At this time, Gwenyn Hill Farm does not offer health coverage or retirement matching funds.

Housing: Employees will need to secure their own housing as well as a reliable means of transportation to and from the farm.

Preferred method of Contact: Email