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Good Stead Farm
6099 N. Meridian Road
Hope, MI 48628
Last Updated: 02-21-2018
General Description: Good Stead Farm is Midland County's first Certified Organic vegetable and livestock farm! 2018 will be our fourth year in production. On a little over 8 acres, we grow over 100 varieties of nearly 45 different vegetables as well as herbs and cut flowers. We also breed and raise 100% grass-fed lamb as well as pastured chickens and ducks for eggs. Our production practices prioritize a diverse, resilient and vigorous farm system. Minimal tillage is favored which means the work tends to require more labor but is skill and efficiency minded. The majority of the food produced is sold and marketed through a three-season on-farm CSA, two weekly farmer's markets and local restaurants. We emphasize quality and taste, consumer food education, community involvement and production transparency.
Internship Starts: 04-01-2018
Internship Ends: 11-30-2018
Number of Interns: 1
App Deadline: Rolling
Minimum Length of Stay: Six months
Meals: The farm's produce is made available to apprentices, as are eggs and limited amounts of meat. All basic grocery items like flour, rice, beans, coffee, oil, etc. are also provided. In regards to food preparation, except for a weekly communal dinner together, all other meals are the responsibility of the apprentice.
Skills Desired: This position is geared towards future farmers, those wishing to pursue food production in some capacity or for those of you that find deep satisfaction in hard work and learning new skills. An ideal candidate would have: 1) Spent time working in a physically demanding work atmosphere, 2) A flexible, humble and positive outlook, 3) The desire and ability to think critically and communicate effectively with farmer, fellow apprentices and customers 4) A demonstrated interest in intentional, small scale food production and rural community living and finally 5)...the desire to sit back with a cold drink on a hot porch after a good, hard days work!
Educational Opportunities: The educational component of this position is highly emphasized. Training is both hands on and done along side the farmers throughout the season. Questions are not only welcome but encouraged, as are after-hours discussion, reading and attending off-site farming-related events. Apprentices will also have the opportunity to learn the business of farming, including record keeping, field planning and organic certification. In addition, we will take some time throughout the season to teach homesteading skills, including food preservation, fiber processing and meat animal processing.
Stipend: In exchange for your hard work, we offer a bi-weekly living stipend, one-on-one farm training, on-farm housing (includes utilities and laundry), eggs and produce from the farm and basic grocery items (coffee, flour, beans, rice, pasta, etc.)
Housing: Housing is provided at the farm in a cabin aside the main farm house. This is a two-bedroom cabin with shared kitchen, bathroom and living room. Laundry is available on site and internet and utilities are included.
Preferred method Of Contact: Email
Internship Details: This is a full-season, education-focused position. We're seeking flexible, thoughtful, self-motivated and detail oriented people. Beginning in April and running through November, apprentices will be involved in the full spectrum of life on the farm. Work will vary greatly, from starting seeds in the greenhouse and preparing garden beds, transplanting, caring for and managing poultry and sheep, crop cultivation and harvesting, post-harvest handling, marketing and CSA set up and finally, engaging with the public! In addition to learning production practices, we take time to discuss and go through the business side of farming, including farm planning, record keeping and crop management. While we engage in many homesteading activities outside of the work day, we are a commercial production farm and apprentices typically work 50-55 hours a week.