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Patchwork Gardens

Contact information
Farm Address:
9057 W. Third St.
Dayton, Ohio , 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 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 eleventh 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 lion's share of each week's harvest, a box of produce picked and packed according to what's most ready in the garden. The CSA runs mid-May to January and showcases all the variety of foods that we produce. We also attend farmer's markets and contract with local restaurants

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: April 15, 2020
Internship Ends: Nov 1 with possibility for extended work through the winter
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: April 15, 2020
Minimum Length of Stay: 5 months (May - Sept)

Internship Details:

Farm Facilities, Maintenance and Equipment Operator: This position helps ensure that the farm facility operates smoothly and effectively. A considerable amount of time and effort will be directed toward maintenance and repairs across the farm’s various departments. Additionally, the employee will spend significant time operating equipment (tractors, bobcat, loader). In this position, the employee will work closely with the farm owner and operator (George) on a daily / weekly basis to determine an appropriate plan of action. This position requires someone to be relatively fit, active, tough, and enjoy working outdoors.

Main Responsibilities/Duties Include:
– Equipment maintenance, repairs and set-up
– Facility maintenance, repairs and construction projects
– Tractor operation – including tilling, fertilizing, transplanting, etc.
– Drip irrigation set-up and operation
– Making our custom potting mix
– Fertilizing crops before and after planting

Educational Opportunities: For those who are new to farming and are looking to learn, then Patchwork Gardens is a great place to do that. We are a small staff so employees are exposed to many parts of the farm. We are happy to answer questions and enjoy a shared learning experience throughout the days.

Skills Desired: The ideal employee would be hard-working, self-motivated and take pride in a job well-done. They would be self-directed to some degree, work with a healthy sense of urgency and possess the ability to generally make good decisions. The employee should have an appreciation for an organized shop and tidy workspace. There is a preference for an employee with one or more of the following skills: - Building experience – i.e. using power tools, wood construction - Aptitude for car or equipment repairs and maintenance - Some experience with equipment operation – i.e. tractor, bobcat, front-loader, etc. - Someone with an appreciation for DIY projects

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: Pay is $12 / hr or commensurate with experience.

Housing: Summer housing (May - Sept) is provided.

Preferred method of Contact: Email