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Native Son Farm
3811 Mt Vernon Rd
667 Mt Vernon Rd
Tupelo, MS 38804

Contact: Will Reed, Amanda Reed

Phone: 662-678-3497

Email: nativesonproduce@gmail.com, nativesonproduce@gmail.com

Website: http://www.nativesonfarm.com/

Last Updated: 11-27-2015

General Description: We are young farmers producing certified naturally grown vegetables and fruits in an urban setting. Our 30 acres of tillable land are rotated between vegetables and cover crops and are used to support our 300 member CSA, farm stand and farmers market sales. We believe that action speaks louder than words and that organic vegetable farming is a great way to positively influence the culture, health and economy of Mississippi. It is our mission to build soil and produce healthy food for our community, while remaining economically viable and continuing to show that chemical free agriculture is a realistic vocation in the deep south.

Internship Starts: 03-01-2016
Internship Ends: 12-20-2016
Number of Interns: 5
App Deadline: 02-15-2016
Minimum Length of Stay: March-September

Meals: While we do not raise any livestock on the farm, several neighboring farm friends produce poultry, beef, pork and milk and we will introduce interested workers to these farms upon arrival. Our farm stand has a range, oven, sinks, utensils etc..for shared for lunches and farm workers will have access to ample vegetables. We will have a shared meal at our house once per month.

Skills Desired: The ideal applicant is interested in pursuing a career in sustainable farming in the Southeast. We are looking for individuals that are honest, strongly motivated, possess good communication skills and have a positive attitude. Farming is hard but rewarding, applicants should enjoy physical labor and find purpose through doing good work. This is an especially great opportunity for individuals that are looking to acquire more advanced knowledge and practice before getting their farm started but we will consider all applicants. Skilled farm workers looking for a change of scenery and a place to make a significant and lasting impact, come join us!

Educational Opportunities: This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in pursuing a career in organic vegetable farming, as with most things in life, you will get out as much as you are willing to put in. Workers will have the opportunity to gain proficiency in or continue to perfect tasks such as: plant propagation and greenhouse management, direct seeding, planting, transplanting, high tunnel production, construction, tractor operation, harvesting, washing, marketing and CSA management. Amanda and I have two toddlers and throughout the season, workers will get a realistic idea of what it takes to run a diversified family farm. As the board president of the Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network I can keep interested workers up to date on statewide workshops, conferences and networking opportunities. Our farm is a great stepping stone for experienced farm workers that are looking to gain proficiency at growing in southern soils before beginning their own farms, or for a few key individuals looking for a long term management position. 4 of our last 6 employees have started or are currently starting farms in Mississippi and Louisiana. Come grow with us!

Stipend: Farm worker pay starts at $9 an hour and goes up to $15 an hour for management positions, depending on the experience and skills that you bring to the farm. Ample farm vegetables are also provided.

Housing: Housing in our area is affordable and relatively easy to find. We are willing to assist you in finding a rental and have temporary housing available on the farm while you look for a place. After several years of offering housing and a stipend to interns, we have found it better for all involved to maintain a more professional arrangement, offering a fair hourly wage for farm work and letting workers cover their own housing.

Preferred method Of Contact: Email

Internship Details: We have 2 management and 3 worker positions available on our farm for 2016. Native Son Farm is a place of diversity, integrity and professionalism and we take great pride in the quality of our produce and farm work. After starting in 2010 with a BCS on 3/4 acre of family land, we have grown to become a bit more mechanized and use tools such as a chisel plow, bed shaper, 3 row 3ph seeder and waterwheel transplanter to manage the workload. We now farm on two pieces of ground that are 3.5 miles apart in the Tupelo city limits and will be growing around 15 acres of vegetables and 15 acres of cover crops for our CSA, farmers market and restaurant customers in 2016. As one of the oldest and the largest CSA farm in the state, we are constantly pushing the envelope of sustainable agriculture in Mississippi and are looking for serious farm workers to join us as we work to make a noticeable and positive difference in our community and beyond!


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