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Emerald Meadows Family Farm, WI

Contact information
Farm Address:
W1547 County Rd K
Columbus , Wisconsin , 97370

Primary Contact: Becky Breda
Secondary Contact: Tim Zander

Primary Phone:
    Number: 920-691-2420

Secondary Phone

    Number: 920-948-8216



Internship information
General Farm Description: We are a 220 acre certified organic vegetable, cut flower, and grain farm in southern Wisconsin. We are located near Columbus, WI, about a 35 minute drive from the capitol square in Madison. Madison is a young, eclectic, vibrant city and is the the progressive heart of Wisconsin. It is the birthplace of the CSA movement, and has one of the most developed local food economies in the country. Our farm markets to a ~130 member CSA, three farmers markets, and various wholesale accounts. Wholesale primarily consists of green beans, though we are working to expand our wholesale offerings in 2017. We are looking for two interns for the 2017 season. You will work alongside our three full time staff and the farm owners. We all work very hard but the atmosphere of our farm is laid back and down to earth. We have been known to relax and have a beer after the workday is finished.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: 04-01-2017 flexible
Internship Ends: 11-01-2017 flexible
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: 3/15/2017
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months

Internship Details:

Interns will work alongside the farmers on a day to day basis. Primary duties will consist of planting, weeding, maintaining, harvesting, processing, and packing of vegetables. Interns will also be involved in the (mechanical) harvest, sorting, and packing of green beans. There is the possibility of learning to use tractors and participating in tractor work if interested. Interns will attend one of our three weekly farmers markets, and may be involved in the delivery of wholesale orders and CSA shares.

Educational Opportunities: While there is no formal educational component at our farm, we consider it very important to give as much information and context as we can for the things we do. Interns will be involved in all aspects of the farm and will learn by doing. You will not be regarded solely as a grunt to carry out orders; we will always make an effort to explain the reasoning behind what we are doing, to answer questions, and to have discussions. If there is some aspect of the farm you are especially interested in, we will work with you to give you a greater role in that area. Everyone on the farm has their own interests (such as seed saving, cut flower production, tractors and tractor repair, food preservation) and we will all be happy to share our knowledge and expertise.

Skills Desired:

Meals: Lunches are shared with everyone who happens to be at the farm that day. Generally there will be one person who feels like cooking and will make lunch for the crew, though sometimes if it is a slower time of year we will prepare food as a group. Staple items (bread, ice cream, meat, cheese, etc) and veggies from the farm are available for use. Interns will be responsible for their own breakfast and dinner, with access to whatever veggies the farm has available at the time.

Stipend: Pay for interns is $7.50/hour, plus housing and the extras as mentioned. We do withhold taxes as required by law.

Housing: Housing is provided. The house is the original farmhouse on the property and has plenty of character. It overlooks a marsh and has an artesian spring nearby. Utilities are provided. There is excellent cell phone reception on the farm; unfortunately there is no broadband internet available. Free internet is available at the local library and some local restaurants (within 5 miles of the farm).

Preferred method of Contact: email