Good Stead Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
6099 N Meridian Rd
HOPE, Michigan, 48628

Primary Contact: Sarah Longstreth
Primary Phone:
    Type:
Cell
    Number: 9894924125
    Email: goodsteadfarm@gmail.com

Website: https://www.goodsteadfarm.com

Internship information
General Farm Description: Good Stead Farm is Midland County's first and only Certified Organic, woman-owned vegetable farm. 2023 will be our ninth season 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: For the Assistant Farm Manager - The position can start as early as 12/1/2022. For the Summer apprentice - 5/1/2023
Internship Ends: For the Assistant Farm Manager - This is a year-round position. For the Summer apprentice - at least through 8/31/2023
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: Ongoing
Minimum Length of Stay: 4 months

Internship Details:

We are seeking to hire 2 positions.

Position #1: Assistant Farm Manger. We’re looking to hire a full-time, year-round, assistant farm manager. Growing vegetables in Michigan can prove to be hard work. The ideal candidate for this position is detail-oriented, hard-working, communicative and adaptable. The candidate must be comfortable with performing physical tasks including lifting 50+ lbs, standing for extended periods of time, harvesting (bending, straddling and kneeling for extended periods of time) and able to work in variable weather conditions, from heat waves to sub-freezing temperatures. The ideal candidate for this position is also a self-starter, highly analytical, and proficient in various computer software programs, like Google Workspace and Square POS system. For the full description of this position, including responsibilities and compensation, please visit our website at: https://www.goodsteadfarm.com/assistant-farm-manager.html

Position #2: Summer apprentice. 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 August, or ideally September, the apprentice 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. For the full description of this position, including responsibilities and compensation, please visit our website at: https://www.goodsteadfarm.com/apprentice.html.


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: If applying for assistant farm manager: One year working full time on a vegetable farm is required. While we expect to teach and train the right candidate to our systems and techniques, strong communication skills, critical thinking skills, and an adaptable approach and mindset are essential. Please see our formal listing for further details. For our Summer Apprentice, having previous farm experience or experience working outside in a physical capacity (landscaping, conservation, etc.) or in a restaurant, 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 imperfect produce is made readily available to both positions, as are eggs and meat. All basic grocery items like flour, rice, beans, coffee, oil, milk, yogurt, etc. are also provided on a weekly basis. Everyone does cook their own meals.

Stipend: Yes. The assistant manager receives an annual salary and the summer apprentice receives a living-stipend. In exchange for your hard work, we also focus on one-on-one farm training, which includes not only production skills but processing and business skills. We provide on-farm housing (includes utilities, internet and laundry), eggs and produce from the farm and standard grocery items. Both positions receive an end of season bonus, paid time off, and farm gear stipends.

Housing: Yes, both positions are given their own separate lodgings on the farm, but they do share a common kitchen and bathroom during the summer months. The assistant manager is given the main cabin, and the apprentice has the cottage. Both houses are aside the main farm house. Laundry is available on site and internet and utilities are included. We are a small close knit community - we're all participating and creating our farm home and environment together. We ask everyone to be respectful, kind and mature. No smoking is permitted on the farm and we do not accept pets.

Preferred method of Contact: Email