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major acre farm
1116 Highway 628
LaPlace, LA 70068
Contact: Ellis Douglas
Last Updated: 10-17-2018
General Description: Major Acre Farm is a small diverse vegetable farm run by Ellis Douglas and Jasmine Meyer in Laplace, LA, 25 miles west of New Orleans. Using organic methods, we cultivate 1 acre on a 5 acre property near the Mississippi River. Our farm's main goal is to produce the highest quality and best tasting vegetables possible. We attend 2 weekly farmers markets in New Orleans and sell to restaurants.
We both worked for many years in the food and beverage industry developing a strong passion for cooking and eating. We have transferred this passion to what we grow. Jasmine works off farm with LSU and does farming in the evenings and weekends. Ellis works exclusively on the farm. Major Acre Farm broke ground in 2017.
Internship Starts: open
Internship Ends: open
Number of Interns: 1
App Deadline: open
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months
Meals: meal are on your own. You're welcome to anything the farm produces.
Skills Desired: Some experience growing or working outdoors. We look for organized, reliable people, with a commitment to farming and/or an interest in starting their own farm in the near future. Interested applicants should be enthusiastic about local organic agriculture, be energetic, be able to work outdoors in any weather condition, be self-motivated and have excellent quality control while working quickly and efficiently. Be able to bend, stand, squat, and kneel for long periods of time. We are looking for individuals with strong work ethic. One that enjoys doing physically taxing work ( must be able to lift 50lbs ) even in adverse conditions. The weather can be very hot and humid in South Louisiana and although we do our best to schedule hard work for the cooler times of day, this job requires a positive attitude and the will to work through difficulty. Other necessary abilities: learn new tasks quickly, problem solving, take direction well, attention to details, and multitasking. Our quality standards for our produce are very high so we are looking for an individual that works efficiently and attentively with an interest in developing their craft as a farmer. We are an equal opportunity employer, and welcome all hard workers regardless of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or economical background.
Educational Opportunities: -Greenhouse Management
-Organic Weed Control
-Organic Fertility Management
-Crop Rotation/Field Planning
-irrigation set up and operation
-Vegetable Harvest Techniques
-Post-Harvest Handling and Food Safety
-Farmers Market set up and Direct Marketing
-Farm Business Decision Making
-Small Farm Record Keeping and Accounting
-food preserving for farm consumption, as well as value added products for market
-opportunity to visit some of the other like minded farms in the area if you wish.
Stipend: room and board, profit sharing
Housing: We live in a suburban swamp on 5 acres with lots of live oak trees. You would have a 20'X16' private room that is attached to our house. It has a bathroom, and a private entrance. There is a shared kitchenette, and washer/dryer adjacent to the space. Having your own vehicle would be beneficial to your experience.
Preferred method Of Contact: email
Internship Details: We are open to sharing all that we know. In exchange we expect hard work, attention to detail, diligence, flexibility, and the desire to learn. Interns work alongside Ellis, as well as on your own. As on any vegetable farm there is a lot to do. Duties will include cultivating and tending to crops as well as harvesting, washing, and packing produce. You will also be assisting with seeding, transplanting, greenhouse management, soil management, pest and disease control, irrigation setup and operation, mulching, and various fieldwork.
To Apply, email Ellis at email@example.com
Include a resume, some background information about yourself, talk about how you became interested in farming, what your future growing goals are, and what you hope to gain from this experience.