Yemm Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
3828 Lauder Avenue
Bartonville, Illinois, 61607

Primary Contact: Becky Yemm
Primary Phone:
    Type:
Cell
    Number: 309.270.7876
    Email: yemmfarm@gmail.com

Website: http://www.facebook.com/yemmfarm

Internship information
General Farm Description: We are a small family farm that grows chemical-free, non-GMO & heirloom produce and plant starts for the Peoria area.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: April
Internship Ends: September
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: none
Minimum Length of Stay: none

Internship Details:

Our farm is separated into two locations. One is in our sizeable yard in Bartonville and the other is on some acreage owned by family near Northwoods mall in Peoria. We grow the more frequently picked crops at our home, while the others we grow on the additional acreage.

We are looking for some extra hands this season and we are willing to teach! Ideally, our intern or interns would be self-starters with a love to learn, a teachable spirit, and a hard work ethic. We don’t do things the easy way all the time, but we try to be optimistic overall. We believe that growing food wasn’t meant to be back-breaking or life-consuming work, but sometimes tedious tasks are what needs to be done, so we go with the flow. Prior experience in gardening or farming is not required as long as you are willing to listen and learn.

As far as compensation, we are offering all the farm fresh produce you can eat (or preserve if you want) in addition to housing. We have an extra bedroom on the main floor of our house that would be yours, but all other areas are shared. (Kitchen, bathroom, living room, laundry, etc.) All utilities, central air, and wifi included, along with some home-cooked meals. Should you choose to accompany us on Farmer’s Market days, we would also offer you a percentage of the sales, which would be negotiated once all other arrangements are in order. Basically we are offering housing, produce, and commission-based pay on market days in exchange for about 30 hours per week. This would also enable you to find another part-time job if you so desired. (We understand the student loan grind, yo.)

In general, we work at various times on Monday through Friday, with market day on Saturday. At the very least, we take Sundays off as a family and will not expect you to work them unless there is an emergency of some kind. Anytime you are not working with us, you may pretty much go and do as you please.

Things you will learn: how to choose and buy seeds and plant starts, seed-starting methods and experience(including greenhouse growing and seed-blocking, although those are not currently our primary methods), transplanting, watering methods, mulching and the importance of mulch, pest and disease management, basic pruning, harvesting, washing, and packing/labelling produce, marketing, merchandising, and all the skills required to start your own self-sufficient farm.

We are also preparing to raise meat chickens this year, and even though we have done it once before, it will be a learning experience for all of us. We do practice some permaculture methods if you are interested in learning more about that. If there is something you would like to learn, but that I have not mentioned, feel free to ask about it.

We both started as interns on a stranger’s farm once upon a time, so we know what it can be like, the benefits and the challenges. Being an intern with us is not just you being our extra set of hands, but our way of investing in you as a person, a unique individual with hopes and dreams, and our way of investing in the future of sustainable agriculture.


Educational Opportunities: Things you will learn: how to choose and buy seeds and plant starts, seed-starting methods and experience(including greenhouse growing and seed-blocking, although those are not currently our primary methods), transplanting, watering methods, mulching and the importance of mulch, pest and disease management, basic pruning, harvesting, washing, and packing/labelling produce, marketing, merchandising, and all the skills required to start your own self-sufficient farm. We are also preparing to raise meat chickens this year, and even though we have done it once before, it will be a learning experience for all of us. We do practice some permaculture methods if you are interested in learning more about that. If there is something you would like to learn, but that I have not mentioned, feel free to ask about it. If we can't teach you about it, we can put you in touch with someone who can.

Skills Desired: Ideally, our intern or interns would be self-starters with a love to learn, a teachable spirit, and a strong work ethic. We don't do things the easy way all the time, but we try to be optimistic overall. We believe that growing food wasn't meant to be back-breaking or life-consuming work, but sometimes tedious tasks are what needs to be done, so we go with the flow. Prior experience in gardening or farming is not required as long as you are willing to listen and learn.

Meals: You will be responsible for cooking your own meals, but you are given free range of all the food we produce and access to a kitchen(as long as you clean up after yourself). We will have the occasional meal together, but we are not always around for dinner or dinner is a little chaotic for us, so we don't want you to count on that. We also live within a block of a Kroger and multiple restaurants if you are interested.

Stipend: We offer housing with all the benefits of not having to drive to work, utilities, wifi, all the fresh produce and herbs you can eat (and preserve if you want it), and commission-based pay if you accompany us to market.

Housing: Yes. There's not much that can beat rolling out of bed and already being at work in the morning.

Preferred method of Contact: Phone or Email