Contact informationFarm Address:
39377 Woodman Ln N
Homer, Alaska , 99603
Primary Contact: Emily Garrity
Secondary Contact: Rachel Lord
Number: (907) 435-7209
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Twitter Creek Gardens is a nine acre micro-farm located on the South side of Lookout Mountain outside of Homer, Alaska. We cultivate one and a half acres of nutrient dense vegetables in a bio-intensive fashion with a concentration on soil health. Close to 50 different types of vegetables and herbs are grown on the farm. We sell vegetables through a CSA, to local restaurants, at the Homer Farmers Market, and through an online food hub. Alaska Stems is a small family farm and floral design studio, growing sustainable cut flowers for local markets. We sell seasonally from April through September through a variety of markets, including the Homer Farmers Market, a local grocery store, weekly subscriptions, on-farm sales, and weddings.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: May 18
Internship Ends: October 16
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: April 15
Minimum Length of Stay: Full Season
Twitter Creek Gardens (www.twittercreekgardens.com) and Alaska Stems (www.alaskastems.com) are excited to offer a unique opportunity to one highly motivated individual.
We’re looking for one person to join the Field Crew of both farms for the 2020 season.
This position plays a key role in production and overall function of the farms.
We emphasize efficiency, time management, enthusiasm, dedication and clear communication to ensure positive working environments in conjunction with high productivity.
Applicants who are interested in pursuing a career in the farming industry are encouraged to apply.
Employees are exposed to many learning opportunities, as well as held responsible to the high standards that running a business requires. We work as a team and dedication to the projects are essential. Hard physical labor and diverse weather conditions are aspects of working on the farm. A positive, can-do attitude is a must.
Duties will include:
Field management: Seeding, transplanting, bed preparation, crop care, irrigation
Monitoring for and responding to pest damage and disease throughout the season
Learning and implementing good harvesting and post-harvest practices
Keeping good records
Maintaining equipment, fields, and tools
Assisting with weekly sales
Staffing the Wednesday Farmers Market booth (June-Sept), and some help with Saturday markets
Assisting with weddings and events, including some weekend work
CSA preparation and distribution
This is a 40 hour per week paid position:
Tuesday – Thursday, 8am-5pm (Twitter Creek Gardens)
Friday and Saturday, 8am-5pm (Stems)
(1/2 hour lunch and morning and afternoon (15min each) unpaid breaks are worked into the schedule)
Those interested in applying are encouraged to write an email outlining background and experience and why you think you’d be a good fit with us. Please include a letter of intent, resume, and references.
Educational Opportunities: This position is geared toward someone who already has farming experience. However, all farms have unique operating protocol and hands on experience always presents many educational opportunities. Monthly one on one check-ins and weekly meetings will aid in clear communication and opportunity for feedback and evaluation. In addition to the list of duties above, field crew will have an opportunity to be exposed to: beekeeping, pig and chicken care, crop rotations, and farm planning. We like to incorporate visits to other area farms to diversify exposure to farming techniques.
Skills Desired: Desired Skills: Self-motivated and ability to work independently at a quick pace, Growing experience – planting, weeding, fertilizing, harvesting, etc, Able to work long and physically demanding days, Excitement and interest in local flowers, small farms, local markets, Good attitude and strong communication skill REQUIREMENTS: A drivers license, Strong work ethic, Good problem solving skills, Willingness to take initiative, an open mind and patience
Stipend: YES: Starting Wage is $12.00/hour + Flowers and vegetables from the farms, and some flexibility for vacation and schedule throughout the season. Some funding for continuing education opportunities possible (classes, conferences, etc) for someone looking to invest more than one year.
Preferred method of Contact: email