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: Beginning of May, 2020
Internship Ends: End of October, 2020
Number of Internship Available: 3
Application Deadline: Rolling until filled
Minimum Length of Stay: Full season preferred
To apply please please include a cover letter listing two references with your application.
We have 3 part-time position for the 2020 season!
3 days per week, 20-30 hours/week, from the beginning of May through end of October.
Preferred hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm, with an hour lunch. Days and times could be flexible for the right candidate.
We will consider candidates that can stay through August but have preference for those that can commit to the full length of the position.
This is a great introduction to farmwork. Primary duties will include weeding, harvest of some crops such as tomatoes and squash, and helping out with other tasks as needed.
Crew members should enjoy working in a fast paced environment, have an upbeat attitude and strong work ethic, as well as an interest in sustainable farming, enjoy learning, and be physically able to work long hours outdoor. Experience with farm work or other types of outdoor work is desirable but not required.
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
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 for someone who is interested in growing vegetables but hasn't had much exposure. Weeder-harvesters will get the chance to see what it is all about and ask lots of questions while contributing to the success of the crops! They will have access to all educational materials in our library. Additionally, we participate in the mid-Michigan farmer meet-up, enjoying monthly visits on surrounding farms to learn and share experience. We also sometimes organize additional farm tours with surrounding farms
Skills Desired: Required: Ability to enjoy oneself in challenging situations Enthusiasm for the work and for the overall goals Pluses: Previous experience performing physically strenuous work is a huge plus Knowledge of plants
Stipend: $11/hour plus produce
Preferred method of Contact: Email