Contact informationFarm Address:
12638 Mt Hope Rd
Stockbridge, Michigan , 49285
Primary Contact: Helen Chandler
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Who we are: Lake Divide Farm is a certified organic vegetable farm in Jackson county, Michigan. We are managing 18 acres for production, and grow vegetables and fruit on 11 acres. We sell through six farmers' markets including Michigan's historic Eastern market and the Kerrytown Ann Arbor farmers' market. We also run a market based CSA program, sell through wholesale avenues, and directly to restaurants. We are working to provide season-round healthful produce to our community. Our motto is: Good for the Earth, Good for the Farmers, Good for the People. The Trifecta of sustainability. Good for the earth: Taking care of the natural world is important, after all, it takes care of us; Good for the farmer: We believe farmers should have livable hours and livable wages; Good for the people: We believe in food equality and bringing our produce to market at an affordable price and keeping it accessible is important to us. We are building an elite team of farmers that share our vision. Our overall goal is to fill year round, long-term positions with people that share our vision and want to take a responsible role in building Lake Divide Farm. We like to work hard, be effective, and have a lot of fun. If you want to work as a team to build a farm that is environmentally and socially sustainable and can support its farmers year round without running them into the ground, this could be the job for you. To find out more about us visit our website www.lakedividefarm.com or facebook or instagram page.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: April, 2020
Internship Ends: Tuesday before Thanksgiving, November 2020
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: Rolling until filled
Minimum Length of Stay: Entire season
To apply, include a statement of interest in your cover letter as well as two references.
The position starts April 2020 and runs until the Tuesday before Thanksgiving in November 2020, with the possibility for extension for the right person. We are open to an earlier start date for the right person.
The position is 5 days per week and 40-45 hours per week, although hours will vary through the season.
This position takes on more responsibility than a regular crew member. It involves all farm tasks relating to the operation of a mixed vegetable farm including but not limited to farm planning, greenhouse work, transplanting, fieldwork, pest and disease management, tractor work, workflow management, crew management, and harvesting. The opportunity to attend a farmers’ market is available for capable applicants. The successful applicant will be capable of learning and implementing Lake Divide Farm protocol, as well as adding to the effectiveness of the team when reasonable.
Pay: $14.00/hour with potential for performance based raises throughout the season. Produce included.
Requirements for this position:
Have at least 3 year’s experience working on a mixed vegetable farm. If you have less experience but think you are qualified, apply and tell me why.
A desire to make decisions and apply knowledge to increase the sustainability of the farm.
Be willing to work longer hours when necessary. For example, you should be prepared to work extra days and hours to ensure our storage crops come out of the field before a deep freeze.
Be willing and able to run a field crew that is less experienced than you. We will offer guidance as needed.
Be able to delegate and carry out tasks as directed.
Have hustle and set a pace that reflects that.
Be interested in working on the farm long term.
Enjoy the work.
General farm crew qualifications include:
Ability to lift 50 lbs comfortably and consistently
Ability to work long hours on your feet, crouched, kneeling, bent, and stretched
Enjoy working outside
Ability to work in all weather conditions- mud, sleet, snow, rain, blistering heat!
Pride in work
Attention to detail
Enjoy working quickly
Ability to follow safety practices
Ability to work independently and on a team
Strong communication skills
Ability to follow instructions and ask clear questions
Interest in commercial organic vegetable production
Willingness to learn
Educational Opportunities: This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in farm decision making. It is also a chance to become part, have decision making power, and see the fruits of your labor as we grow our community. We are open to sharing all the details of our operation with people that are interested in working together to build a stronger foodshed and a strengthened and healthy community.
Skills Desired: Desirable Experience and skills Multiple years of vegetable production experience is a must. Previous experience with management Experience with physically strenuous labor and work experience that led to a developed understanding of working with ones body Farmers' market experience Computer competency (windows, excel, mailmerge, websites, etc)
Stipend: $14/hour plus produce
Preferred method of Contact: Email