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. 2020 will be our sixth year in production. On a little over 12 acres, we grow over 100 varieties of nearly 45 different vegetables as well as herbs and cut flowers. We also breed and raise 100% grass-fed, grass-finished lamb as well as pastured chickens and ducks for eggs. Our production prioritize a diverse, resilient and vigorous farm system. 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, three farmer's markets and local restaurants. 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: Rolling
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! 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. We are a commercial production farm and apprentices typically work 50-55 hours a week.
The ideal candidate must be capable of the physical and mental work required of full time farm work.
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. In addition, we will take some time throughout the season to teach homesteading skills, including food preservation and basic fiber processing.
Skills Desired: This position is geared towards future farmers, those wishing to pursue food production in some capacity or for those of you that find deep satisfaction in hard work 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) A demonstrated interest in intentional, small scale food production 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. In regard to food preparation, all meals are the responsibility of the apprentice.
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