Contact informationFarm Address:
27842 141st Ave.
Spring Valley, Minnesota, 55975
Primary Contact: Norm Gross
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Earth Dance Farm is located 20 miles south of Rochester in the beautiful rolling hills of the Bluff country. We have 42 acres with 15 for pasture and 25 for crops. Currently we till 12+ acres for our 200+ member CSA and grow most every vegetable and herb, along with apples, strawberries and raspberries. Our cow/calf, 2 horses and 250 chickens roam the pastures.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 8/15/21
Internship Ends: 10/15/21
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: 8/15/21
Minimum Length of Stay: 2 months
Interns work from 7-5, 5 days a week with an hour for lunch. On a rare occasion, some hours on Saturdays may be needed. A shared bunkhouse, 2 private ‘tiny homes’, and a large bedroom in the home are provided for lodging on-farm along with a separate intern quarters containing a living room, kitchen, bathroom with shower, and laundry. Interns have full access to the bounty of the gardens, eggs and honey, and bulk staples are included. The evening workday meal is shared with our family in the main house and turns are taken to plan and prepare these.
Educational Opportunities: We offer a hands-on opportunity to understand the hard work that goes into a small scale sustainable produce farm. These include greenhouse planting, transplanting and direct seeding, preparing the soil, cultivation, and weed control, irrigation, crop rotation, and pest management. Interns also learn about pre and post harvest handling and distribution for a 200+ member CSA. Weekly walks through the gardens to look, question, discuss, strategize, and plan are great opportunities to learn. We meet each morning to process the previous day and layout our hopes for the day ahead. The evening meal is a relaxed, family environment to be heard, to listen and to learn.
Skills Desired: You must be in good physical shape and enjoy being outdoors in all types of weather. Specific farm experience is very helpful, but not mandatory. A positive attitude, the ability to work/live/communicate well with others, and the desire to learn are all very important. We ask you to bring a good, honest work ethic with a love for dirt and sweat.
Meals: Interns are responsible for their breakfast and lunch/snacks. We will provide some bulk staples such as rice, pasta, some eggs and honey, oatmeal, beans, etc. All the fresh produce from the gardens are available. The main evening meal takes place in our home and is shared by all. Each person has one day per week to plan and cook this shared meal. This is a wonderful opportunity to hone your skills in the kitchen while cooking 'in season'.
Stipend: Payment is in the form of a monthly stipend. This will vary depending on resume, experience and length of commitment. The range is generally from $800-$1000/mo. plus room and board. A bonus is often provided at the end of the experience.
Housing: A private bunkhouse with deck and patio is provided apart from the home which includes 2 large bedrooms with heat and electricity. There are 2 new, very cute, 'bunkettes' for private accommodation, and a large bedroom in the home is available. There is a bathroom with a shower, a kitchen and laundry in the basement of the house for intern use. There is also a large intern living space in the main home that has a library, television and couch, table for games etc. for relaxing.
Preferred method of Contact: Email or Phone