Contact informationFarm Address:
W7901 830th Ave
River Falls, Wisconsin, 54022
Primary Contact: Lindsey Baris
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: We are a small-scale, diversified, certified organic farm in rural Wisconsin that has been in production for 45 years. We raise a large variety of vegetables as well as apples, chickens, pigs, and lamb. In the spring, we make maple syrup. Our produce is sold through out neighboring communities in grocery stores, co-ops, restaurants, an on site farm stand, and a small farmers market. We are starting up a small CSA for the first time this year as well. Interns can expect to gain experience in all aspects of field work on the farm including seed planting, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, filling orders of customers, delivering produce to stores, and possibly working the farmers market. Interns may also take part in moving animals using portable electric fencing to design a management intensive grazing system. We have a great crew of 4 full time farm-hands as well as a rotating cast of part time workers or volunteers, who help make working Rising Sun Farm a great experience. There are opportunities to work in a crew and alone on this farm. Rising Sun Farm and Orchard is a no-till farm. We will utilize the natural ecosystems of the soil to help maintain proper soil structure, sequester carbon, as well as making natural occurring nutrients in the soil more available to our plants to help cut back on external inputs. We are believers in regenerative agriculture and are striving to make our farm into a more sustainable environment for the soil, air, water, animals, and people.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: Start of season position May 1st or mid season position start around August 1
Internship Ends: Start of season position ends around August 1 or mid season position ends around November 1st.
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: ASAP
Minimum Length of Stay: 2 months- 6 months
Depending on start date, interns will be part of maple syrup production, all aspects of small-scale vegetable production, animal husbandry, and apples orchard work. Interns will participate in planting seed, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, making soil, feeding chickens, and pigs. Orchard work includes hand thinning apples and picking apples for sales. We are a no-till market garden that focuses on diversity of crop, products, sales outlets, and ecology of the land.
We are looking for someone to work from May 1 until August 1 and a different person to work August 1 until November 1. Over the years, we have seen intern burnout by mid season. We are open to keeping the same person for the whole season depending on the situation.
Educational Opportunities: Education in small-scale, organic farm production in the field and greenhouses using no-till methods inspired by regenerative agriculture. Areas of development will include planting, crop rotation, crop management and maintenance, harvesting, market preparation, customer interaction and poultry raising.
Skills Desired: No previous experience needed. Applicants with critical thinking skills, ability to identify basic hand tools, a good work ethic and an understanding of living without all of the amenities at hand may be given preference. Must be able to work as a team as well as alone in the field. A desire to be on a peaceful quiet farm required. Good communication with co-workers is a must.
Meals: Lunches are prepared and shared on work days. Interns are responsible for their breakfast and dinner. Farm produce/eggs/syrup available to interns.
Stipend: Dependent on experience. $500/month or higher with bonus at end of term. Housing and most food included.
Housing: We have a large, full size (very nice) trailer that includes kitchen, bathroom, shower, electricity. This trailer is parking in the woods and has a great view of the maple trees.
Preferred method of Contact: Telephone or email