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796 County Road 201
P.O. Box 7
Marion Junction, AL 36759
Contact: Chip Spencer, Laura Spencer
Last Updated: 11-11-2015
General Description: Spencer Farm is an organically minded homestead in the Black Belt area of Alabama. After years of self-sufficient farming we have grown to offer beef, pork, eggs, goats milk soap and vegetables for public sale in an area of Alabama that is economically depressed, poorly educated and desperately in need of better health care. We feel that providing access to local, healthy food and standing as an example of how to raise one's quality of life through a spearheading a local food movement is the best way for us to make a positive contribution to our community. In 2015 we successfully began the first ever C.S.A. in our area to rave reviews!
Internship Starts: January 2016
Internship Ends: December 2016
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: none
Minimum Length of Stay: Full Season
Meals: Evening meals will be with our family at the farmhouse. Breakfast and lunch are prepared by the group in a kitchen in the intern area. Pork, beef, eggs and vegetables are provided from the farm to stock this kitchen. Other needed staples are purchased and provided by Spencer Farm.
Skills Desired: We would like the applicant to have a passion for growing plants and a good work ethic with 1 year minimum past organic commercial vegetable production, as well as some knowledge of producing micro greens. The more past experience the better, but any amount is helpful. A positive outlook and cheerful personality is our primary qualification concern. Our farm is a very happy place, we feel very good about our community mission and maintaining that work environment is of utmost importance. We are a team here, smiling faces make great team members!
Educational Opportunities: Many outside educational opportunities will constantly arise through the season such as classes through the Farm Service Agency, U.S.D.A. and Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
Stipend: This is a commissioned position based on gross vegetable sales and fixed at a percentage to be very competitive with larger vegetable production farms. All food, housing and utilities are also provided.
Housing: Recently completed is a cozy small private cabin over looking a 5 acre lake for our Vegetable Operations Manager. The cabin is beautiful, the view is spectacular. Nearby is our bunkhouse, where we are able to host 1-4 farm volunteers. A kitchen is provided at the bunkhouse and is to be shared by the V.O.M. and any residents of the bunkhouse. There is also a bathhouse here complete with a solar hot water heater with electric back-up, shower area, sink and restroom very similar to what might be found at a nice campground.
Preferred method Of Contact: e-mail
Internship Details: The position being offered is a full-time, commission position of Vegetable Operations Manager. The V.O.M. will help plan and implement our 25-35 member C.S.A. by over seeing the production, harvest, and distribution of hydroponic micro greens to C.S.A. members and area restaurants, managing 6 acres of vegetable gardens and 5000 square feet of green houses. The V.O.M. will work along side the owners of Spencer Farm on a daily basis and be expected to oversee 1 to 4 farm volunteers and 1 staff crew leader.
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