Meadowlark Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
6350 Lingaur Road
Lake Leelanau, Michigan , 49653

Primary Contact: Jenny Tutlis
Primary Phone:
    Number: 231-256-6980


Internship information
General Farm Description: Meadowlark Farm is looking for someone to join our team for the 2022 season! We are a certified organic farming community in our 28th season of growing organic vegetables and herbs. Cultivating the land is at the heart of our farming practice, which we do intensively on 7 acres, using 4 hoophouses to extend our growing seasons. We stick to our basics - growing over 70 different vegetable varieties like salad greens and heirloom tomatoes, while also branching out and trying new and exciting things like baby ginger and microgreens. We grow food for our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members, local food co-ops, grocery stores and restaurants, taking great pride in nourishing people’s minds and bellies. The farm exists because of the hardwork and dedication of a multigenerational community that has supported the farm since its beginning. We like to practice the ideology that “everything worthwhile is done with other people”, which we learned from organizer and educator Mariame Kaba. We connect and learn together by growing and eating good food, and we are excited to welcome someone new into this community!

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: April 4th, 2022
Internship Ends: November 4th, 2022
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: March 15, 2022
Minimum Length of Stay: Must be able to stay through October

Internship Details:

As a community farmer, you will learn about and participate in Meadowlark Farm’s 28th season of certified organic vegetable growing in beautiful Northern Michigan. Meadowlark is just 4 miles away from Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore with swimming beaches, hiking trails and sand dunes. Traverse City is 25 minutes away and has opportunities for socializing and exploring eateries, cideries, bakeries and breweries. We offer comfortable on farm housing for the right person. Responsibilities and learning opportunities include greenhouse growing, hoophouse maintenance and production, seedling growth, care and transplanting, cultivation/weeding, efficient harvest, washing and processing, packing CSA boxes, learning all aspects of large scale salad mix production, growing and drying culinary herbs, growing and tending baby ginger, pruning and trellising heirloom tomatoes and the care and maintenance of over 70 varieties of mixed vegetables. Must be able to work as part of a team, take direction and listen well, and also be able to work independently doing repetitive tasks with a positive attitude and good humor. This position asks for comfortability with bending, kneeling, squatting and working on the ground and/or standing for prolonged periods of time. This position is full time, Monday through Friday(no weekends) 40-45 hours/week and starts at the beginning of April until the end of October. Year round opportunity if you are a good fit. Must be able to lift 50# for short stretches of time and perform repetitive physical tasks in all types of weather. Covid-19 vaccination required. Must be punctual, have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license. We are a multigenerational community, so the ability to get along with, care for and listen to people of varying ages is a definite must. Previous farm experience is ideal, but not required. We look for people who thrive doing detail oriented, fast paced production work. The farm provides a weekly box of vegetables, fruit, herbs and eggs, paid time off, rain gear and work gloves.

Educational Opportunities: You will have the opportunity and ability to learn all aspects of a successful, thriving organic farm through the daily work of production. We offer over 30 years of experience and our team is a multigenerational combination of expertise and insight. Our region is a bustling hub of local food and beverage businesses, there is an abundance of opportunity to connect and explore.

Skills Desired: Previous farm experience is ideal, but not necessary. We look for people who thrive in a detail oriented, fast paced, production work environment.

Meals: A box of CSA vegetables, herbs, fruit and eggs each week.

Stipend: $13/hour with on farm housing, $15/hour if living off farm

Housing: On farm housing in renovated granary is rustic but comfortable. Private bedroom. Shared living room, kitchen, indoor toilet, shower, washing machine. Internet and electricity included. Heat in all rooms plus wood stove in the commons. Housing for community farmers only. No pets allowed.

Preferred method of Contact: Email