Patchwork Gardens

Contact information
Farm Address:
9057 West Third Street
Dayton , Ohio , 59824

Primary Contact: George Mertz
Primary Phone:
    Type:
Cell
    Number: 937-835-5807
    Email: eat.patchworkgardens@gmail.com

Website: http://patchworkgardens.net

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 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 eighth year now, and growing more productive every year as we learn from our collective experiences.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: 5/1/2017
Internship Ends: 10/30/2017
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: Rolling
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 Months

Internship Details:

Patchwork Gardens is currently seeking someone to help with the day-to-day operations of the farm. We prefer candidates who are able to work full time (40-60 hours/week) and willing to stay with us for the length of the growing season (May-October). Availability to stay through November is preferred. We work also in the Winter months and we welcome applicants to contact us at any time during the year. The right person could have the opportunity to become a long-term partner in the farm. We are a young and fun group, learning fast and making progress in our first eight years of growing. We are fast-expanding in the Dayton area and we seek applicants whose energy will help us grow our business.

Major Duties

Transplanting and weeding
Harvesting, cleaning, packing, and delivering produce for our CSA, and wholesale customers
Sharing in responsibility of feeding, watering, and other care of livestock (hogs, sheep)
Providing assistance with construction projects and maintenance of farm infrastructure

Desired Qualifications

Knowledge of and experience with growing vegetables without added chemicals
Strong work ethic and desire to learn
Self-motivated and willing to take initiative
Attention to detail and efficiency
Creativity and love for a sustainable lifestyle

Compensation

Meals including fresh produce from the farm, grass-fed beef and pork, pastured chickens, and raw-milk, all raised responsibly and locally by friends
Housing in the renovated loft of our reconstructed 100+ year old barn is available but not required
Weekly stipend increasing with length of stay and performance
Please direct your inquiries to: eat.patchworkgardens@gmail.com or (937) 835-5807″


Educational Opportunities: Learn with us as we share what we have gained from our experience.

Skills Desired: o Knowledge of and experience with growing vegetables without added chemicals o Strong work ethic and desire to learn o Self-motivated and willing to take initiative o Attention to detail and efficiency o Creativity and love for a sustainable lifestyle

Meals: Provided at the farm, including fresh produce from the garden, grass-fed beef and pork, pastured poultry, raw-milk dairy, all raised responsibly and locally by friends.

Stipend: Weekly stipend of $250 increasing with length of stay and performance. Meals provided at the farm, including fresh produce from the garden, grass-fed beef and pork, pastured poultry, raw-milk dairy, all raised responsibly and locally by friends. Housing is also available if needed.

Housing: Provided on-site in renovated loft of 100+ year old barn with plenty of room for outdoor camping on warm summer nights (available but not required)

Preferred method of Contact: Email