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Lake Divide Farm
Stockbridge, MI 49285

Contact: Helen Chandler

Email: lakedividefarm@gmail.com

Website: http://www.lakedividefarm.com, https://www.facebook.com/LakeDivideFarm/

Last Updated: 12-10-2018

General Description: Lake Divide Farm is named for the unique way the Huron and Upper Grand watersheds divide the property in half. The farm is located in Jackson county, Michigan on 54 acres of open and wooded land. We are managing 18 acres for production, and grow vegetables and fruit on 7 acres. We sell through seven farmers' markets including Michigan's historic Eastern market and the Kerrytown Ann Arbor farmers' market. We also run a market based CSA program, sell through wholesale avenues, and directly to restaurants. We are working to provide season-round healthful produce to our community.

We are certified organic and are dedicated to using the most sustainable and ecologically sound methods available to us. We are always learning and looking for sounder practices with the long term health of our ecosystems and communities in mind. Longterm, we hope to run the farm with a team of individuals that are enthusastic and interested in working towards our goals of a sustainable living for farmers, sustainable production within the environment, and sustainable prices and accessibility for our community. To find out more about us visit our website or facebook page.

This is our third year growing in Michigan. From 2013 to 2016 we operated Whistling Wolf Farm in Hunterdon county, New Jersey. To get a broader picture of our ideals, feel free to visit Whistling Wolf Farm's facebook page.

Internship Starts: Full-time positions start 04-16-2019 and part-time positions starts 06-05-2019
Internship Ends: Full-time positions end 11-26-2019 and part-time positions end 09-27-2019
Number of Interns: 6
App Deadline: Until filled
Minimum Length of Stay: Candidates that can stay for the full term are given preference. The opportunity to stay become permanent staff exists for the right individuals.

Meals: N/A

Skills Desired: Interns should enjoy working in a fast paced environment, have an upbeat attitude and strong work ethic, as well as an interest in sustainable farming, enjoy learning, and be physically able to work long hours outdoor. Experience with farm work or other types of outdoor work is desirable but not required.

Minimum qualifications:
Ability to lift 50 lbs comfortably and consistently
Ability to work long hours on your feet, crouched, kneeling, bent, and stretched
Enjoy working outside
Ability to work in all weather conditions
Pride in work
Attention to detail
Enjoy working quickly
Ability to follow safety practices
Ability to work independently and on a team
Strong communication skills
Ability to follow instructions and ask clear questions
Interest in commercial organic vegetable production
Willingness to learn

Educational Opportunities: There is no substitute for hands-on experience and interns at Lake Divide will gain plenty! This is an excellent opportunity for someone considering farming as a career because it offers involvement and discussion of all aspects of the business as well as a chance to experience the cadence of the growing season. Crew members will frequently work directly with the farm owner/operators Helen and Jim, as well as experience crew members, providing a chance for questions and discussion.

Crew members will have access to all educational materials in our library and are invited to take an active role in their farm education by creating a wishlist of topics they would like to cover. We will do our best to foster an in-depth understanding of selected topics through direct experience and by providing relevant materials and resources.

Throughout the season the farm crew will have the opportunity to go on tours of different agricultural businesses in the area. At the end of the season, members will be invited to participate in a season-end review of the farm where we will discuss successes and failures and lay groundwork for changes to be made for the following year.

Stipend: Full-time pay: Based on experience; Part-time pay: $10.00/hour. Produce included.

Housing: N/A

Preferred method Of Contact: email

Internship Details: Full Time (3 positions): Starting 04-16-2019 and ending 11-26-2019, 5 days a week, 40-60 hours/week, hours vary through the season, with summer hours averaging 45/week. This is an educational position that offers the opportunity to take part in all farm tasks including but not limited to farm planning, greenhouse work, transplanting, fieldwork, and harvesting, as well as running a farmers' market stand.

Part Time (3 positions): Starting 06-05-2019 and ending 09-27-2019, 3 days per week, 30 hours/week, from the beginning of June through end of October. We will consider candidates that can stay through August but have preference for those that can commit to the full length of the position. A great introduction to farmwork. Primary duties will include weeding, harvest of some crops such as tomatoes and squash, and helping out with other tasks as needed. Part-timers are welcome to participate in educational opportunities.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, along with your resume (if available) and two references to Helen at lakedividefarm@gmail.com


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