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. 2021 will be our seventh year in production. This year marks a shift in focus for the farm, as we downsize our livestock enterprises to increase vegetable production. 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, farmers markets, local restaurants and our online farm store. We emphasize quality and taste, consumer food education, community involvement and production transparency.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 4/1/2020
Internship Ends: At least 11/1/2020
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: March 15
Minimum Length of Stay: 7 months
This is a full-season, education-focused position. We’re seeking a flexible, thoughtful, self-motivated and detail oriented person. Beginning in April and running through November, 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, caring for and managing poultry and sheep, crop cultivation and harvesting, post-harvest handling, marketing and CSA set up and finally, engaging 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: This position is geared towards future farmers, those wishing to pursue food production or for those of you that find deep satisfaction in hard physical labor and learning new skills. An ideal candidate would have: 1) Spent time working in a physically demanding work atmosphere, 2) A flexible, humble and positive outlook, 3) The desire and ability to think critically and communicate effectively with farmer, fellow apprentices and customers, and 4) an interest in small scale 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, etc. are also provided.
Stipend: In exchange for your hard work, we offer a bi-weekly living stipend, one-on-one farm training, on-farm housing (includes utilities and laundry), eggs and produce from the farm and standard grocery items.
Housing: Housing is provided at the farm in a cabin aside the main farm house. This is a two-bedroom cabin with shared kitchen, bathroom and living room. Laundry is available on site and internet and utilities are included.
Preferred method of Contact: Email