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Fair Share Farm
18613 Downing Road
Kearney, MO 64060

Contact: Rebecca Graff, Tom Ruggieri

Phone: 816-721-4456

Email: rebecca@fairsharefarm.com, tom@fairsharefarm.com

Website: http://www.fairsharefarm.com, http://www.fairsharenews.blogspot.com

Last Updated: 01-31-2016

General Description: We are a CSA farm serving the greater Kansas City area. We farm approximately 5 acres of vegetables and fruits, have a laying flock of 50 hens, and provide for a 140 member CSA. We are in the process of building a certified kitchen on the farm in order to be able to sell fermented vegetable products to the public.

An extensive cover cropping and soil fertility program is a key to our operation and success. Equipment includes a solar powered irrigation system, electric tractor, reciprocating spader for tillage, and a water wheel transplanter.

We have been farming since 2003 and growing for a CSA since 2004. Our CSA members receive weekly shares from the farm during the 31 week growing season. Apprentices will learn how to grow for a continuous harvest from April thru November. CSA membership involvement is very high on our farm, giving apprentices and volunteers a unique opportunity to see community farming in action. On Wednesday and Saturday mornings we harvest the CSA shares with the members’ assistance.

Internship Starts: March 31
Internship Ends: October 25
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: March 1
Minimum Length of Stay: full season

Meals: The farm crew eats lunch together. Everybody brings their own lunch. Apprentices receive a share of farm produce. In addition, seconds are available to the apprentices for personal use and food preservation. We teach canning, fermenting, dehydrating and wine-making as a part of the apprenticeship program.

Skills Desired: We welcome those that have a good attitude and are ready to engage themselves both physically and mentally in the work. With forty different crops grown over the course of a season, there is much to learn and we enjoy sharing what we know with others. A sense of humor is a great tool to carry out in the field. We highly favor those who are considering CSA farming in their future.

Educational Opportunities: As an apprentice at our farm, you will learn all aspects of running a diversified organic vegetable operation, including planting, cultivating, pest, weed & disease management, cover cropping, harvest, post-harvest handling, food safety, season extension and managing a flock of laying hens. Apprentices are trained on our electric Allis Chalmers G tractor which does half of the tractor work on our farm including seeding, cultivating, bed-shaping and hilling.

Fair Share Farm participates in the Growing Growers program which offers workshops & farm tours to apprentices. Apprentices will attend the workshops/tours during the course of the season as part of their 44 hours/week. In addition, the farm will offer 12-15 hours of on-farm training during the course of the season on specific areas of knowledge including: greenhouse production, field production, soil management, farm planning, planting for a diverse market, post-harvest handling, food preservation and CSAs.

Stipend: In exchange for your labor, you will learn the skills you need to manage a diversified organic farm on your own. The apprentice will work alongside us for 5 days a week (4 @ 9 hour days and 1 @ 8 hours), for a total of 44 hours. Apprentices will receive housing, a share of produce, and wages. After adjusting for housing, food and training, net pay is in the neighborhood of $110-$130/week, depending on the number of IRS deductions taken.

Housing: Housing is 15 minutes away in Excelsior Springs, in a comfortable 2 bedroom bungalow, and will be shared by the apprentices. It is highly desirable that at least one of the apprentices have access to a vehicle during the apprenticeship. We provide a gas stipend to help with the cost of travel to the farm.

Preferred method Of Contact: email or phone

Internship Details: We are looking for apprentices that are serious about learning the craft of organic vegetable production. We'd like to learn more about prospective apprentices experiences, future goals and abilities, and require a working visit to the farm as part of the interview process. A positive attitude goes a long way as the work can at times be tedious, difficult and tiring. With the right outlook the benefits of fresh air, sunshine, an abundance of great-tasting food and the companionship of each other and the environment that surrounds us makes it well worth it.


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