Contact informationFarm Address:
2015 E. North Territorial Rd
Whitmore Lake, Michigan, 48189
Primary Contact: Kristen Muehlhauser
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Raindance Organic Farm exists to serve our community by growing great organic produce and cut flowers, and by connecting children and adults with the beauty of nature and the gifts of wellness. Our farm spans 18 acres and we intensively cultivate 2 acres with passive solar hoophouses, a garlic field, a flower field, a perennial patch, and our main annual vegetable production fields. The 2020 season will be our third year of certified organic farming just north of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The main way we seek to accomplish our mission is through a community supported agriculture (CSA) project that is unique in that members come to the farm and harvest their own shares each week. We raise a wide diversity of vegetables and flowers from seed to maturity and open the farm twice each week for families, neighbors, and friends to gather in the gardens and harvest a list of produce and flowers during the summer season. To support the work of the farm, we also grow large crops of certified organic heirloom garlic and cut flowers, offering them at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Argus Farm Stop, and the Michigan Flower Growers Cooperative. The farm and community also benefit from our Workshare program in which folks work on the farm 4 hours each week in exchange for a full CSA share.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: April/May
Internship Ends: August/September
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: Rolling
Minimum Length of Stay: 4 months
Farm interns have the exciting opportunity to participate in all aspects of farm work while learning as much as possible about sustainable agriculture. Interns work 40 hours each week and focus on seeding, transplanting, cultivating, harvesting, and hosting our CSA harvest times. Interns also gain experience in sales and customer service while staffing our stalls at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays.
As an intern on a relatively young farm, you will be essential to the farm operation, and you will see the meaningful impact you make as you take crops from seed to table. The work varies over the course of the season as the farm shifts from seeding and planting, to opening the CSA, and to harvesting and marketing.
If you want to see what a third-year Market Garden of diverse organic vegetables and flowers, join us! We use a BCS tractor (walking tractor) for prepping beds, a Jang seeder for direct seeded crops, Farmer’s Friend tunnels with trellises for our heat-loving crops, and Tend software for planning and recordkeeping. We’re inspired by sustainable farming educators like JM Fortier, Curtis Stone, and Richard Perkins.
Educational Opportunities: Part of our mission is providing education in sustainable agriculture and living. If you're interested in particular parts of farming (business planning, crop planning, technical info on crop production, hoophouses, greenhouse work, tractor repair, etc.), let us know during the interview and we'll do all we can to share what we know and give you opportunities to practice. During your stay on the farm, we'd also love to share our favorite books, podcasts, Tend software, and online learning resources.
Skills Desired: Agricultural experience is not required, but skills in greenhouse work, transplanting, pruning, trellising, and marketing would be a bonus for us! We're seeking a great candidate who: -can stay through the whole season -loves sunshine, rain, hard work, sweat, and learning new things -asks questions when uncertain how to do something -is motivated to get things done and learn as much as possible -feels confident driving a minivan or SUV on the freeway and in the city -enjoys living and working with a small group and feels comfortable communicating needs & boundaries -enjoys being around and working with children
Meals: Interns prepare most of their own meals. We'll be sharing cooking responsibilities to share some team lunches this summer. You are welcome to harvest and eat all available seasonal foods from the farm. We have a weekly farm picnic potluck dinner on Sunday evenings for all of our CSA members that we would love for you to join.
Stipend: $800/month stipend to help cover living expenses, plus on-farm shared housing for two interns in a recently remodeled 700 sq ft apartment and encouragement to take produce and flowers from the farm
Housing: The recently remodeled on-farm apartment is shared by two interns. Apartment photos can be sent during the interview process. The apartment has a spacious main room, a full kitchen and bathroom, and one air-conditioned bedroom. Parking is available. Our farm is 12 minutes from downtown Ann Arbor, home to hundreds of restaurants and great, free summer events every week like the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and the Art Fair. We're 10-15 minutes from Argo Cascades on the Huron River (canoeing, free river tubing), great swimming pools, the Arb and the Botanical Gardens, amazing libraries with lots of art workshops, several county and state parks, Planet Rock Climbing Gym, etc.
Preferred method of Contact: Email