Oxheart Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
W7902 290th Ave
Hager City, Wisconsin , 54014

Primary Contact: Cella Langer
Secondary Contact: Emmet Fisher

Primary Phone:
    Number: 651-380-6988
    Email: oxheartfarm@gmail.com

Website: www.oxheartfarm.com

Internship information
General Farm Description: The 2022 growing season will be our 10th season in production. We raise vegetables for 75 CSA members who all pick up on the farm through our free-choice, market-style CSA. We rotationally graze pigs, laying hens, beef cattle, and four dairy cows which we milk for our on-farm Grade A Dairy plant. Most of the eggs, meat, milk and yogurt we produce are sold through our CSA, and we also sell the dairy through a couple small wholesale channels. We cultivate small amounts of cut flowers and shiitake mushrooms as well. We value feeding our community and our own family as much as possible from the farm through as much of the year as possible. Our farming model is built on a belief in diversity, small-scale production, self reliance, and minimal inputs. We follow organic practices in all of our enterprises, though we are not certified organic. The farm is not only our living but our way of life, so we work hard while maintaining quality of life in the decisions we make. We have a young family and both work full time on the farm.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: April 1, 2022
Internship Ends: November 1, 2022
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: This position is open until filled. An in-person working interview will be required for candidates to be considered.
Minimum Length of Stay: 7 months

Internship Details:

We are looking for someone to work with us on the farm in CSA harvest and wash/pack, milking and associated cleanup, feeding and fencing livestock, farm infrastructure projects, and planting/weeding/maintenance of vegetable crops. Someone who lives locally could work 24 hours a week, or we can provide housing for an on-farm employee to work 32 hours a week.
With the exception of a morning or two a week of independent milking and chores, one or both of us will work alongside you whenever possible. We will certainly never ask you to work when we are not working ourselves. Farming is somewhat repetitive by nature, but we believe that our operation is diverse enough to offer a wide variation of tasks to keep you engaged and interested– this position is not “the weeder” or “the box packer”– if interested, you will get to participate in many areas of farm work.
Our ideal candidate would fall into one of two categories: either someone who lives in the area who may be interested in working for us for years to come (this is not a requirement of the ’22 season but rather a desired outcome if it is a good fit for all of us in the end). Or, someone who has a plan or strong desire to start their own operation, and wishes to add to or hone their skillset before launching on their own operation.

Educational Opportunities: We have completed the Land Stewardship Project's (LSP) Farm Beginnings and Journeyperson courses, as well as two of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service's (MOSES) farmer to farmer mentorships. Along with sharing as much about our farming experience and activities as you're interested in hearing about, we are also happy to share any information we have taken from these more formal educational opportunities. There are also field days and workshops during the growing season through LSP, MOSES and the Wisconsin Farmers Union which you are welcomed and encouraged to attend if there are topics of interest.

Skills Desired: This is a physically demanding job and the ability to lift heavy things repeatedly and walk a fair amount is important. Skills that are not required but of interest to us are experience or comfort with large animals, some type of vegetable experience such as farming or gardening, some involvement in/familiarity with food production systems such as local food focused nonprofits or restaurants, farmers markets, etc. Above all, we seek a hard working individual with a strong interest in learning about farming and food production on a small-scale, diverse family farm and a motivation to engage in the work here.

Meals: We will provide a shared lunch on any work days on the farm.

Stipend: We offer two options for this position: An applicant who lives close enough to commute and wishes to do so could work 24 hours a week at $15/ hour. An applicant who wishes to live on the farm could work 32 hours a week at $15/ hour, with $500/ month deducted for room and board. Ample vegetables and dairy from the farm will be included in either option.

Housing: Optional

Preferred method of Contact: Email