Patchwork Gardens

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

Primary Contact: George Mertz
Secondary Contact: 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: March - April, 2022
Internship Ends: November - December 2022 (potential for work through the winter)
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: February 15, 2022
Minimum Length of Stay: 5 months, but longer is preferred

Internship Details:

Position Description: The Field Crew Lead is responsible for leading a team of 2 – 4 field crew workers / interns who will complete the bulk of the farm’s weekly field tasks including: harvesting, transplanting, weeding and a variety of other tasks. The Field Crew Lead carries out tasks identified by Farm Managers (George and Larissa). The Field Crew Lead may also work closely with the Packhouse Manager (Page) to assess and accomplish weekly harvest tasks. This position requires an individual who is highly motivated, leads with a positive attitude, takes pride in a job well-done, and has a mindset towards working efficiently and with a healthy sense of urgency. The applicant must be comfortable working outside for extended periods of time in a variety of weather conditions (sun, wind, rain, heat, cold).

Main Responsibilities/Duties:
– Leading / working with team to complete weekly harvest tasks (may include washing produce)
– Ensuring that completed harvest tasks are accurately recorded
– Water-wheel and mechanical transplanting
– Leading / working with team to complete a variety of other tasks including weeding, hand-planting, tomato trellising, etc.
– Delegating aspects of harvesting or washing produce to crew members when appropriate
– Sorting potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, shallots, and winter squash
– Keeping harvest tools organized, clean, and in good working-order

Additional Duties Could Include:
– Instructing and leading volunteer labor
– Cleaning out greenhouses at seasonal transitions
– Some possible tractor driving
– Maintaining harvest vehicles (tidy, w/fuel, etc.)
– Contributing to a clean and orderly wash shed

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: - Willingness to work with others as both a leader and team member - Great verbal communication - 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 - Ability to instruct and demonstrate farm’s preferred methods to crew members and interns - Ability to give and receive feedback - Good sense for how to make a task more efficient - Ability to calculate / estimate bulk quantities of any given item in cooler (simple mental math) - Previous farming or gardening experience required (at least 1 year)

Meals: Yes! Delicious on-farm lunches are provided consisting of produce from the farm alongside healthy meat, milk, and bread from local friends and farmers. Those living on the farm have access to all food and cooking facilities for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Stipend: $13 - $15 / hour; commensurate with experience. This is a full-time, seasonal, hourly position with the potential for year-round employment. Hours are approximately 8:00AM – 5:30PM Monday – Friday. The season runs from March through December. There is the possibility of optional, part-time work through January and February. 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 (start date through end of November).

Preferred method of Contact: email