Coveyou Scenic Farm FarmStay Intern

Contact information
Farm Address:
4160 US Highway 131
Petoskey, Michigan, 49770

Primary Contact: David Coveyou
Primary Phone:
    Number: 2313474056


Internship information
General Farm Description: Coveyou Scenic Farm is a 147 year old family farm in Northern Michigan that grows a wide array of USDA certified organic produce and flowers. The farm has one of the most unique on-farm markets that specializes in creating a shopping experience like no other. The historic market in a classic old barn brings the technology of the new in direct contact with the history of the past. Additionally, the setting high above Walloon lake and the surrounding rolling hills make for a very scenic setting. The large array of potted flowers grown on the farm add to why many think of it as one of the most beautiful farm markets...anywhere. We are adding a Farm Stay yurt campground this summer and are looking to have an intern help us work on this project along with assisting in other areas of the farm.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: May/June 2022
Internship Ends: Aug/Oct 2022
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: June 2022
Minimum Length of Stay: 7 weeks

Internship Details:

This Internship is for people who are looking to expand their knowledge of how their food is grown who are also skilled in construction and interested in helping bring to life our new Farm Stay Yurt campground. Interns in this capacity will help build the yurt campground raised platforms, assemble Yurts on the platforms, assist in clearing and building the walking trails in the campsite, installing water lines and an array of other tasks to bring the project to completion. We have focused most of this internship on the Farm Stay campground construction with a secondary focus on the produce side of our farm. It’s ideal for a person who has construction experience, detail focused, highly organized, and able to work alone in small groups. Interns work about 40 hours a week.

Educational Opportunities: Farming involves a wide array of skills and this internship lets you have a hands on role in many of them. On farm lodging is a growing trend on small farms and this internship exposes you to one option of how we plan to diversify our income stream to become more sustainable.   Sustainability and energy efficiency are a major focus on the farm and we have multiple on-farm conservation components: our geothermal walk-in vegetable cooler, geothermal run produce field heat removal system and market display system, our 20KW PV net metered electrical generation solar array, a geothermal heated seed germination / transplant growing system. You will get to learn about these systems and use them in our day to day operation.  We will be incorporating some of these elements in our Farm Stay as well.

Skills Desired: Positive attitude, willingness to learn and having a good attention to detail are all important in this position. Construction experience is very helpful for this internship. Desire to work hard is a given on an active farm like ours.

Meals: Interns prepare their own meals and are welcome and encouraged to cook and eat the wide variety of our farm grown organic vegetables which are provided free of charge.

Stipend: A weekly stipend of $225 is provided with a bonus of $25/week for staying the agreed duration. Vacation day bonus plan based on the length of your stay. Housing with wireless internet and clothes washer/dryer as well as unlimited organic produce. Beautiful Scenic setting.

Housing: We supply housing in an on farm furnished house. Each intern will get their own room and will share bathrooms. The house has wireless internet and a clothes washing machine. Regular care and cleaning of the home is required of the interns. The farm is located roughly 3 miles from downtown Petoskey, making biking or driving an easy option. This area of northern Michigan is usually bustling in the summer and fall tourism season with numerous festivals, concerts, and other cultural/recreational opportunities. The region is known for its abundance of lakes, beaches, bike trails and extensive Lake Michigan coastline. A car is not required but is generally very helpful.

Preferred method of Contact: Email or phone