Mark Bevan

Contact information
Farm Address:
24 Weeman Rd
Steep Falls, Maine, 04085

Primary Contact: Mark Bevan
Primary Phone:
    Type:
Cell
    Number: 207-642-9090
    Email: info@sacoriverfarms.com

Website: https://www.sacoriverfarms.com/farm-apprentices/

Website: https://fieldsofzion.org/farm_internship_opportunities_available_fields_of_zion_international/

Internship information
General Farm Description: Saco River Farms is a family owned multifaceted and well diversified farmstead in Steep Falls, Maine. We grow a wide variety of vegetables, fruit and herbs using deep organic methods while avoiding the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or GMO’s. Our produce is sold through our farm stand and CSA. Additionally, we are a Maine licensed goat dairy/creamery. Our dairy products include raw milk, yogurt and many cheeses. Other farm products include a selection of meat, poultry and eggs. Sustainable Farming: Our focus is on sustainable farming using “Deep Organic” techniques whenever possible. We believe that the use of chemical insecticides is detrimental to our farms, the environment and most importantly the people who consume our produce. Our vegetables and fruits are produced using only OMRI certified (or equivalent) organic products. In our efforts to offer a product which is truly organic, we use our own quality compost; manure as well as organic fertilizers. No chemical fertilizers are ever sprayed on our plants. Our vegetables and fruits are GMO free. We aim to also be as sustainable and organic as possible in raising our animals, believing that healthy animals improves the quality of the meat, eggs, and dairy products we consume. In raising our animals we also consider value to be important. While are animals are not 100% organic, we aim to come as close as possible, while providing our customers with a healthy, sustainable product at reasonable prices. We offer our products for sale through our on farm market, wholesale, and a CSA. Saco River Farms is also an outreach ministry of Fields of Zion International (FOZI), a Christian led organization working to rebuild sustainable farming and community development. As a FOZI partner farm, we serve as a Interactive Farmstead Demonstration Center. Acting as a community center and focal point, for both agricultural and Christian spiritual learning. Internship programs through Fields of Zion International equip students with basic and advanced farming skills. In addition, interns are offered the opportunity for Christian fellowship, discipleship and learning to shepherd the way God intended. Our partner farmers have committed to living and teaching fundamental core values needed for a healthy Christian life.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: April 1 or open until filled.
Internship Ends: Revolving
Number of Internship Available: 2-4
Application Deadline: ASAP
Minimum Length of Stay: 4 months

Internship Details:

Several Internship opportunities are available at Saco River Farms for 2022-2023.

Farm Manager in Training Internship: This is a competitive farm internship program which seeks to provide a higher level of skilled learning and the potential of a transition to a long term, full time managerial position at Saco River Farms or another Fields of Zion International Partner farm.
Details:
Internship Starts: April 1st-November
Duration: 6 months (flexible)
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: (open until filled)
Hours: 40-50 hours per week, 5-6 days per week
Benefits: 1 week unpaid vacation after 4 months.
Stipend: $800-$1000 per month (experience & performance determined)
Farm Store discount: (30% personal use items only)
Garden produce: (unlimited seasonal produce from gardens for personal use)
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months
End of season bonus
Onsite housing (first come first serve)
Full time employment possibility after 6 months. $15-$20/hr. base pay plus performance bonuses.
Parking for 1 vehicle
Applicants must have at least 1 prior, 6+ month farming internship, verifiable.

Livestock and Goat Dairy Farm Apprentice:
Details:
Internship Starts: Open (positions available Now)
Duration: 5 months (flexible)Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: Open till Filled
Hours: 40-50 hours & 5-6 days per week
Benefits: 1 week unpaid vacation after 4 months.
Stipend: $600-$900 (performance determined)
Farm Store discount: (30% personal use items only)
Garden produce: (unlimited seasonal produce from gardens for personal use)
Onsite housing (first come first serve, available for rent, please inquire)
Minimum Length of Stay: 5 months
End of Season Performance Bonus
Full time employment possibility after 4 months. $12-19/hr. base pay plus performance bonuses.
Parking for 1 vehicle

Organic Produce Apprentice
Details:
Internship Starts: Open (positions available Now)
Duration: 5 months (flexible)Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: Open till Filled
Hours: 40-50 hours & 5-6 days per week
Benefits: 1 week unpaid vacation after 4 months.
Stipend: $600-$900 (performance and determined)
Farm Store discount: (30% personal use items only)
Garden produce: (unlimited seasonal produce from gardens for personal use)
Onsite housing (first come first serve, available for rent, please inquire)
Minimum Length of Stay: 5 months
End of Season Performance Bonus
Full/part time employment possibility after 4 months. $12-19/hr. base pay plus performance bonuses.
Parking for 1 vehicle


Educational Opportunities: Interns may participate in many opportunities for additional learning including: Community training events from organizations like MOFGA Educational program development: Monthly workshops, and other training events. Assist in the development of new farm infrastructure. Grant writing. Assist with web based marketing, and educational materials. Develop program materials. Community planting Organizing & Planning community events: study gatherings, meals, etc.

Skills Desired: Varies depending on position. Advanced internships require prior verifiable internship/apprentice experience. Please visit https://fieldsofzion.org/farm_internship_opportunities_available_fields_of_zion_international/ to learn more about experience/skill requirements.

Meals: We often share family/community evening meals 1-3 times per week. Otherwise no, but farm produce is included. As well as a generous 30% discount at our farm market.

Stipend: Compensation for internships may include room, board and a monthly monetary stipend. The stipend is not a salary, and it is performance based.

Housing: Varies by position. Options include: bunk rooms, private room, camper. First come first serve. Please see our website for details. https://www.sacoriverfarms.com/farm-apprentices/

Preferred method of Contact: email / Online application