SouthWinds Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
2404 E. Gingerbread Lane
Benson, Arizona, 85602

Primary Contact: Joe Marlow
Primary Phone:
    Number: 520-909-4903


Internship information
General Farm Description: Our farm is a small (8 acre) organic vegetable farm located in the San Pedro Valley near Benson, Arizona. We are a production farm, currently growing a variety of vegetables for sale in farmers markets in the nearby Tucson metropolitan area, to our CSA shareholders, to restaurants, and to local non-profits and institutions. The setting of the farm is exquisite. We have ever-changing views of 4 mountain ranges and the weather that flows around them. The night sky is amazing. We are at the end of a dirt road and the farm property abuts state trust land. One can hike directly from the farm into a beautiful high-desert ecoregion. We are part of a local community of small-to-medium-sized organic farms across southeast Arizona who are working to create a resilient local food system.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: September, October, November ongoing, flexible
Internship Ends: Flexible
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: Ongoing, Flexible
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months

Internship Details:

Expectations for interns include helping with most components of our production farm operation. Tasks assigned will include harvesting, washing & preparing produce for our markets, setting up and selling at the farmers market, preparing growing beds, starting seeds, transplanting, cultivating, weeding, irrigation, high-tunnel maintenance, compost preparation and application, along with other farm duties as necessary for growing and selling our crops. We expect a minimum of 50 hours of work per week with one-and-a-half days off, not necessarily in sequence. Our two primary harvest days are nearly always 10 hours in length. At present we are not able to accommodate intern dogs and cats.

Educational Opportunities: Interns will have the opportunity to learn all aspects of operating and maintaining a sustainable farming operation, including crop selection, planning, CSA operation, marketing, as well as aspects of farm and business planning.

Skills Desired: No farming experience is necessary. We prefer applicants who are interested in someday having a farm of their own.

Meals: Food staples will be provided. We will accommodate omnivore, vegetarian and vegan diets. Interns prepare their own meals.

Stipend: Yes.

Housing: Provided. We have refurbished and comfortable travel trailers that provide four private bedrooms. Trailers have full kitchens and bathrooms. Trailers possibly shared with other interns.

Preferred method of Contact: email