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Down to Earth Farm
Jacksonville, FL 32220

Contact: Brian Lapinski, Kristin Lapinski


Email: downtoearthjax@gmail.com


Last Updated: 01-10-2018

General Description: We have 5 acres of land just ten minutes from downtown Jacksonville. We grow a variety of mixed veggie and cut flower crops on 1.5 acres. We market through our approximately 40 member CSA and two Saturday farmers markets. We grow using sustainable farming techniques but are not certified organic.

Internship Starts: 3 -1 - 2018 --flexible
Internship Ends: 07-01- 2018 --flexible
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: 08-04-2016
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months --full season preferred

Meals: Lunch is provided on workdays and veggies and eggs are available at other times. Some staple foods will be provided as well for the remainder of your week. Cooking and cleaning tasks are shared! The living situation is a communal situation so consideration for others is essential to a positive experience and a successful year.

Skills Desired: No work experience necessary, but a desire to learn about and practice sustainable agriculture is a must. Ability to work long hours in the heat or cold or rain, and the ability to work independently are important characteristics. Our intern will be running one of our two markets so a pleasant disposition and good communication skill are helpful. A valid drivers license is also necessary.

Educational Opportunities: Every day is a learning experience at our farm. The best way to learn about growing food is by observing as well as getting your hands dirty. I also encourage you to ASK QUESTIONS!! Every farm does things differently, and I am happy to share the reason why we do and don't do things at Down to Earth. In addition to hands on learning, we occasionally have off farm learning experiences including extension training sessions and visits to other farms in our area.

Stipend: $400/month for 5 day work week plus a bonus at the end, if full term is completed.

Housing: The intern has his/her own bedroom with adjoining bathroom in our very comfortable mobile home. You will share the living space with one or two other interns and our other farmer, Terry. My family and I live in our home which is also on the property. We enjoy sharing life together and often share at least one evening meal together during the week.

Preferred method Of Contact: Email

Internship Details: We are a small mixed vegetable and cut flower farm, so the intern will be involved in all parts of the process from seeding, to making compost, to planting, to weeding (woohoo!), to harvesting, to working farmers markets to dozens of other tasks that keep our little farm vibrant and running. We are very open to new ideas and insights into making our farm better and more sustainable. We are often experimenting with new varieties and growing techniques. The fresh ideas of our interns have been invaluable! We have space for two live-in interns. You will have your own room with a shared bathroom and spacious kitchen. It is possible that a couple can share a room. The position is 5 days per week with a stipend $400/month. The weekly hours vary but market days and harvest days can be long. As a dad/farmer I spend a portion of my week shuttling our two daughters to and from school, making veggie and flower deliveries and other tasks. My domestic responsibilities lead to a number of hours each week where the interns will work independently, though there are often weekly workshare helpers and volunteers also around to lighten the work load.

Our farm is just 10 minutes from downtown Jax and 30 minutes to beautiful beaches!


 

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