Earth Dance Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
27842 141st Ave.
Spring Valley, Minnesota, 55975

Primary Contact: Norman Gross
Primary Phone:
    Number: 507.378-4252

Secondary Phone
    Number: 507.216-2928


Internship information
General Farm Description: We are a medium sized CSA farm in the beautiful rolling hills of the driftless region of SE MN. We are excited to begin our 18th year of growing food for folks in Rochester and the Twin Cities area. We have 40 acres with 15 farmed for our Community Supported Agriculture - 225 member shares for summer, 125 shares for our spring season, 135 shares for the fall, and 60 winter shares. We have a bi-weekly presence at the Rochester Farmers Market. We raise 250 chickens and have egg shares available year round. Some horses and cattle roam our 2 pastures.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: 03/15/23
Internship Ends: 12/15/23
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: 02/01/23
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months

Internship Details:

Check out our website for more details. We have onsite living in a 2-room bunkhouse with a large deck and patio, and also 2 ‘tiny homes’ for private sleeping quarters. We share the evening meals on weekdays(M-W) with everyone getting the chance to cook every other week. There is field planting and transplanting, keeping the crops weeded, irrigated and fertilized, harvesting with cleaning and packing the CSA boxes, and storage of fall crops. Lots of hands-on learning in a beautiful environment with 6 other young adult workers. The implementation of row cover, pest management, cover cropping, and beekeeping is all in the mix. Participation in a bi-weekly Farmer’s Market is optional, as is the home processing/preserving of many of our crops. We have fun working hard to bring nutrient dense fresh produce to local tables.

Educational Opportunities: Learn the day-to-day workings of a CSA farm and the management of a small business. On-farm library, daily morning meetings and workday evening meal discussions. Field walks to process the stages of crop health and growth. The opportunity to regularly meet one on one with the farmer.

Skills Desired: Someone who loves the outdoors and hard physical labor. Specific farm skills are helpful, but not mandatory. Someone who can communicate well and work/live together as a team member. A pleasant, enjoyable person.

Meals: Workday evening meals (Mon.-Wed.) are provided and we take turns cooking for these. Each person is offered the opportunity to make a meal for the group once time every other week. Interns have access to most of the crops in the fields and many dry staples, eggs, maple syrup, some honey etc. are provided.

Stipend: Yes, a stipend of $900 for a typical summer intern, with additional for a full-season worker or a position with more responsibility. There is a bonus given at the end of the stay/season that reflects the person's contribution to the year's success. This is in addition to your own room and most of your needed food.

Housing: Yes, there are 2 large rooms in a bunkhouse that also has a deck and a patio, 2 'tiny homes' for private sleeping, a shared intern space in the lower area of the main house with a kitchen, laundry, bath/shower and living room area with a library, sofa, t.v. and a table for games/reading/conversation. We have a large lawn with a fire pit, grill, pizza oven, picnic area etc.

Preferred method of Contact: email or phone