Patchwork Gardens

Contact information
Farm Address:
9057 W. Third St.
Dayton, --, 45417

Primary Contact: George Mertz or Laura Krugh
Primary Phone:
    Number: 9378355807


Internship information
General Farm Description: Patchwork Gardens is a chemical-free farm located in Dayton, Ohio. Every spring, we plant an 11 acre vegetable garden with the widest variety of produce we can manage. We cover all the garden favorites: spring salad greens, summertime tomatoes, autumn's root crops, and everything in between. We make a concerted effort to provide local produce to our customers year-round using a combination of heated and unheated greenhouses along with growing lots of storage crops. We also start all of our own transplants in our dedicated seed starting house. We grow our food without the use of any chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. Our approach to agriculture favors hard work through diligent cultivation and a culture of healthy soil biology. These make for healthy plants. Our goal is to spread good food and good farming practices within our community. The farm is in its thirteenth year now, and growing more productive every year as we learn from our collective experiences. Most of what we grow gets directly distributed to our favorite folks — the hungry, healthy membership of our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. CSA members receive the vast majority of each week's harvest, a box of produce picked and packed according to what's most ready in the garden. The CSA runs year-round, with a 500-member Summer program and smaller memberships in Fall and Winter. We also contract with local restaurants.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: April - May, 2022
Internship Ends: November, 2022 (potential for work through the winter)
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: March 15, 2022
Minimum Length of Stay: 5 months (May - Sept), longer stays preferred

Internship Details:

Field Crew Member: The Field Crew consists of 2 – 3 staff members who are responsible for completing the bulk of the farm’s weekly field tasks including harvest, transplanting, weeding and a variety of other tasks. The Field Crew members work alongside and report to the Field Crew Leader. The team also works closely with the Farm Managers (George and Larissa) to accomplish weekly field tasks. Occasionally, crew members may be asked to help in the packhouse under the guidance of the Packhouse Manager (Page). This position requires an individual who enjoys rigorous physical-labor, has a positive attitude, works well with others, and has a mindset towards working efficiently and with a healthy sense of urgency. The work of this position is almost entirely outside in the fields.

Main Responsibilities / Duties:
– Completing weekly harvest tasks to provide for our 500+ member CSA
– Keeping accurate records of completed harvest tasks
– Water-wheel & mechanical transplanting
– Working with crew to complete a variety of other tasks including weeding, hand-planting, tomato pruning, etc.
– Sorting potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, shallots, and winter squash

Additional Duties Could Include:
– Contributing to a clean and orderly wash shed and harvest vehicle
– Cleaning out greenhouses at seasonal transitions
– Assisting with various tasks in the Seed-starting house
– Cooking lunch and / or dish-duty

Educational Opportunities: There's always a lot to learn from working on the farm! We enjoy sharing our knowledge. We are a small staff and enjoy discussing all things gardening. Employees will often have a chance to experience other departments and to learn something new throughout the days. Orientation will be provided on farm best practices including but not limited to harvest techniques, machine operation, data entry and general farm safety.

Skills Desired: Skills and Qualifications: - Ability to work outside in all kinds of weather for extended periods of time - Excellent coordination and ability to efficiently use knives and hand tools - Willingness to learn and implement farm’s preferred methods - Strong work ethic with a high-attention to detail and efficiency - Ability to work well on a team with others - Good verbal communication - Ability to receive and incorporate feedback - Preference for previous farming / gardening experience, but not required

Meals: Delicious lunches are provided featuring produce from the farm along with healthy meat, milk, and bread from local farmers. For those staying on the farm during the summer, then access to all food and cooking facilities are included.

Stipend: $10 - $12 / hour; commensurate with experience. This is a seasonal, hourly position. Hours are approximately 8:30AM – 5:30PM Monday – Friday. (Part-time arrangements may be possible if requested.) We are looking for field crew members to start within the April – May time-frame; the season runs through Thanksgiving. There could be part-time work available in the winter. Employee perks include on-farm lunches during the work week and free membership in our CSA program ($1,200 value).

Housing: Summer housing is available (May - November).

Preferred method of Contact: Email