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Hermit Creek Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
65554 Spring Brook Road
High Bridge, Wisconsin, 54846

Primary Contact: Landis Spickerman
Secondary Contact: Steven Spickerman


Primary Phone:
    Type:
Cell
    Number: 715-492-5969
    Email: landis_hcf@yahoo.com

Secondary Phone
    Type:
Cell
    Number: 715-413-1369
    Email: hermitcreekfarm79@gmail.com

    Email: hermitcreekfarm79@gmail.com

Website: https://www.hermitcreekfarm.com/

Internship information
General Farm Description: Hermit Creek Farm is a 140-acre certified organic farm with about 20 acres of vegetable and cover crop production as well as a small apple orchard and pastured sheep and hogs. We are located 20 miles south of Ashland, WI and are known for our high tunnel season extension, crispy carrots and nearly year-round CSA. We deliver both CSA and wholesale across the western Lake Superior region and have been in operation for over 25 years. Our farm is located in a beautiful area within the Chequamegon National Forest and near Lake Superiors south shore. Outdoor recreation opportunities such as hiking, canoeing, bicycling, and kayaking abound. Nearby Ashland is a vibrant community with a small liberal arts college and Duluth, which is often ranked as America’s top outdoor recreation city to live in, serves as our farms largest market.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: late April/early May (negotiable)
Internship Ends: late September/October (negotiable)
Number of Internship Available: Up to 5
Application Deadline: None
Minimum Length of Stay: 4 to 6 months

Internship Details:

HCF is a 140-acre certified organic farm with about 20 acres of vegetable and cover crop production as well as a small apple orchard and pastured sheep and hogs. We are located 20 miles south of Ashland, WI and are known for our high tunnel season extension, crispy carrots and nearly year-round CSA. We deliver both CSA and wholesale across the western Lake Superior region and have been in operation for over 25 years.

Our farm is located in a beautiful area within the Chequamegon National Forest and near Lake Superiors south shore. Outdoor recreation opportunities such as hiking, canoeing, bicycling, and kayaking abound. Nearby Ashland is a vibrant community with a small liberal arts college and Duluth, which is often ranked as America’s top outdoor recreation city to live in, serves as our farms largest market.

Farm Assistant:
Starting salary is $12 to $14 (dependent on experience). Annual pay raises can be expected as more responsibility is assumed. Team members also receive in-season farm products adding about $1/hour value to your pay.

On farm housing is not available. Many of our employees live in nearby Ashland and if you are coming from out of the area, we can help connect you with potential house mates.

Positions currently open:
Full Season – 3 positions. The season starts late April/early May (expect 15-24 hours per week as we get started, weather dependent), then mid-May – October (40-50 hours/week), late Oct – mid-November (decreasing weekly hours as we wind down).
Short Season – Early – 1 position. Full time hours (40-50/week) early/mid-May through August.
Short Season – Long – 2 positions. Full time hours (40-50/week) early June through mid-September or early October (part time hours may also be available).

Desirable skills include:
• Being in good physical shape (able to lift 40 to 50 lbs. repetitively).
• Ability to work both “on-your-own” and in a team setting.
• Ability to take and follow verbal instructions.
• Personal time management, attention to detail, and ability to work at a fast pace.
• And someone who is not afraid to work hard and get dirty. We work when it’s sunny and 90°, and when it’s snowy and 30°. We work in the dirt, and sometimes in the mud! We’re looking for someone who can prove they can take it all in stride and maintain a positive attitude.

Daily responsibilities may include:
• Greenhouse and high tunnel work.
• Transplanting, weeding, and cultivation of vegetable crops.
• Harvest, washing, and packing a wide range of produce.
• Delivering produce to CSA pick-up locations and wholesale vendors.
• Other duties such as irrigation, fencing, basic construction, hay making, etc.

You must be:
• Able to work efficiently. Farming requires a lot of simple, repetitive work. You must be able to stay focused on the task at hand while completing it with a high degree to attention to detail.
• A quick learner. There are 100’s of different tasks on the farm, many of which you will be expected to successfully complete after initial training.
• Able to take constructive feedback. We are highly focused on product quality and the processes that ensure quality. You can expect feedback on ways to improve your work as you encounter new tasks.
• Able to problem solve. Farming = challenges. We need people who can think quickly and solve problems independently.
• Dependable. Work on the farm happens on a tight schedule. We depend on our crew (you). Showing up on time on your scheduled days ready to work is important.

We strive as a farm to be inclusive, to create positive change, and to have fun while getting a lot of work done. If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, we would like to talk to you.


Educational Opportunities: Everyday is a day to learn on a farm.

Skills Desired: Desirable skills include: • Being in good physical shape (able to lift 40 to 50 lbs. repetitively). • Ability to work both “on-your-own” and in a team setting. • Ability to take and follow verbal instructions. • Personal time management, attention to detail, and ability to work at a fast pace. • And someone who is not afraid to work hard and get dirty. We work when it’s sunny and 90°, and when it’s snowy and 30°. We work in the dirt, and sometimes in the mud! We’re looking for someone who can prove they can take it all in stride and maintain a positive attitude.

Meals: No.

Stipend: $12.00 - $14.00 per hour (depending on experience) plus farm products as available (typically adds about $1.00/hour to wage)

Housing: No. But we can help connect successful applicants with potential house mates/housing.

Preferred method of Contact: email