Contact informationFarm Address:
6099 N Meridian Rd
HOPE, Michigan, 48628
Primary Contact: Sarah A Longstreth
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Good Stead Farm is Midland County's first Certified Organic vegetable and livestock farm. 2022 will be our eighth year in production. We are a four season, diverse, small-scale production farm. Minimal tillage is favored which means the work tends to require more labor but is skill and efficiency minded. The majority of the food produced is sold and marketed through a three-season on-farm CSA, our online farm store, farmers markets, and local restaurants. We emphasize quality and taste, nutrient dense food, consumer food education, and production transparency.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 5/1/2022
Internship Ends: At least 9/30/2022
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: March 1
Minimum Length of Stay: 5 months
This is a full-season, education-focused position. We’re seeking a conscientious, self-motivated, and detail oriented person who enjoys physical labor. Beginning in May and running through September, apprentices will be involved in the full spectrum of life on the farm. Work will vary greatly, from starting seeds in the greenhouse and preparing vegetable beds, transplanting, crop cultivation and harvesting, post-harvest handling, marketing, online order management, CSA set up and finally, engaging and interacting with the public. We ask apprentices to work 45 hours/week, Monday-Friday. In addition to learning production practices, we take time to discuss and go through the business side of farming, including farm planning, record keeping and crop management.
Educational Opportunities: The educational component of this position is highly emphasized. Training is both hands on and done alongside the farmers throughout the season. Questions are not only welcomed but encouraged, as are after-hours discussion, reading and attending off-site farming-related events. Apprentices will also have the opportunity to learn the business of farming including record keeping, field planning and organic certification.
Skills Desired: Having previous farm experience or experience working outside in a physical capacity (landscaping, conservation, etc.) is a must. This position is geared towards those wishing to pursue a business in food production, small scale production farming, or for those of you that find deep satisfaction in hard physical labor and learning new skills. An ideal candidate will have: 1) Spent time working in a physically demanding, task oriented work atmosphere, 2) A flexible, humble and positive outlook, 3) The desire and ability to think critically 4) the ability to communicate effectively with farmers, staff members, and customers, and 5) an interest in small scale production farming and rural community living.
Meals: The farm's produce is made available to apprentices, as are eggs and meat. All basic grocery items like flour, rice, beans, coffee, oil, milk, yogurt, etc. are also provided. Apprentices cook their own meals in the cabin's kitchen.
Stipend: In exchange for your hard work, we offer a bi-weekly living stipend, one-on-one farm training, on-farm housing (includes utilities, internet and laundry), eggs and produce from the farm and standard grocery items. We also offer an end of season bonus.
Housing: Housing is provided at the farm in a cottage aside the main farm house. Laundry is available on site and internet and utilities are included.
Preferred method of Contact: Email