Gwenyn Hill Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
N130W294 Bryn Drive
Waukesha, Wisconsin , 53188

Primary Contact: Linda Halley
Secondary Contact: Laurel Blomquist


Primary Phone:
    Type:
Cell
    Number: 6127418170
    Email: farmer@gwenynhill.com

Website: https://gwenynhillfarm.com/

Internship information
General Farm Description: Gwenyn Hill Farm is a 450-acre farm situated in the rolling hills of the Kettle Moraine in Southeast Wisconsin, about 30 minutes West of Milwaukee. We grow Certified Organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers, and raise grass-fed beef, pastured eggs, and sheep. We primarily sell to our customers via our 240-member CSA and Farmers Markets as well as a small wholesale business. The farm began operations in earnest in 2018, so we are constantly growing and changing.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: Flexible. Generally the season starts in April and goes through November.
Internship Ends: Flexible. Generally the season starts in April and goes through November.
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: None
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months minimum

Internship Details:

We are looking for one person to join our Farm Crew. This person would work with our management team, crew leaders, and farm staff to perform day-to-day operations on the farm. This work includes but is not limited to: greenhouse production, planting, weeding, harvesting, mulching, trellising, washing, packing, CSA customer service, gathering eggs, working with livestock, maintaining the orchard, general farm maintenance such as mowing, and accurate record-keeping. The work is very physical and is performed under all weather conditions. You must be able to work alone or in a group and be conscious of efficiency and quality. Operation of machinery such as tractors or skid steers is not required, but willingness to learn is preferred. Se habla español.

We are also looking for one apprentice to register with the Organic Vegetable Farm Manager Apprenticeship, a program affiliated with UW-Madison. Apprentices will participate in daily farm activities as outlined above, as well as spend extra time with the management team learning about all aspects of farm management. Participants also take 144 hours of classroom education during the off season. To learn more about the apprenticeship program, please go to: https://organicvegetableapprenticeship.org/


Educational Opportunities: Working on an organic farm means that you will be in a constant state of learning. Every day provides new tasks, new challenges, and new opportunities. We grow 75 different vegetables. Learning how to plant, transplant, care for, harvest, wash, pack, and cook these vegetables can be a challenge in itself. That said, the Apprentice will receive more education about farm management than someone on the Farm Crew.

Skills Desired: Applicants for the Farm Crew position should have at least one year of relative experience caring for plants, either at another farm, or at a greenhouse or nursery. You must be able to lift 50 pounds. We are interested in employees who have a desire to work here for more than one year, with opportunities for additional responsibilities and pay raises. Applicants for the Farm Manager Apprenticeship should have at least one year of experience on an organic vegetable farm and should display a strong desire to further their career in organic vegetable farm management.

Meals: Employees are expected to bring their own meals, and to eat a sufficient breakfast to power them through their morning activities. There is a one-hour lunch break.

Stipend: Work hours are generally Monday-Friday from 8 am to 6 pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays are CSA pickup days, so from May through October, we may work until closer to 7 pm on those days. Occasionally we will ask you to stay late to finish a time-bound task, or to work on a Saturday, especially if there is a weather event predicted for the following Monday. Overtime is not paid on farms in Wisconsin. The starting wage for all employees will be at least $12 an hour and will increase with experience.

Housing: Housing is not provided. Employees will need to secure their own housing as well as a reliable means of transportation to and from the farm.

Preferred method of Contact: email