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989 N.Clayton Rd.
New Lebanon, OH 45345 - 9641

Contact: Stephen Cook, Zella Falcon Cook

Phone: 937-687-3753

Email: cooksgarden@gmail.com, shilohfarmersmarket@gmail.com

Website: http://www.cooksgardennewlebanon.com, http://shilohfarmersmarket.com

Last Updated: 01-17-2019

General Description: We are looking for one intern or a stable couple. Ideal applicants would be folks who have decided to be market gardeners and wish to actually do it for a season before starting off on their own. Interns are needed from April through August, to work with us and learn all aspects of business, working about 40 hours per week or a combined 40 hours a week for a couple. Ours is a small operation with about one acre in produce, cut flowers and U-pick strawberries. We grow bedding plants for sale in May. We also keep bees and sell extracted honey. Most of our produce and cut flowers we sell at a farmers' market in Dayton, although we do have a significant door trade. We are the managers of the Shiloh Farmers' Market in Dayton, so the intern will also get an insider's view of the issues and challenges that managing a farmers' market involves. There could also be an opportunity for the intern to earn an additional stipend from Shiloh Farmers' Market by helping with the computer bookkeeping, updating webpages and social media. We specialize in very early tomatoes and lettuce EVERY week from mid-May to mid-October. We also grow a variety of other produce to make our booth colorful and varied. In flowers we specialize in large, mixed "country" bouquets;; some ready-made and some made-to-order at the market. Though no longer certified organic, we use no commercial fertilizers or sprays in the garden. Our transplants are grown using a conventional slow-release fertilizer, which is not organically approved. 2019 will be our 14th year to host an intern. Applicants are encouraged to speak with former interns to get an inside perspective of this position.

Internship Starts: 04-01-19
Internship Ends: 08-31-2019
Number of Interns: 1
App Deadline: 03-15-2019
Minimum Length of Stay: 5 months

Meals: Interns will be expected to cook their own meals. We provide free produce from our garden.

Skills Desired: Characteristics that we feel are necessary to succeed in this line of work include: good physical health, enjoy working hard outside in all types of weather, good sense of humor, genuine warmth for people, ability to prioritize and not procrastinate, driver's license, and above all enthusiasm and integrity. Also helpful to have at least minimal computer skills.

Educational Opportunities: All aspects of growing, harvesting and selling vegetables, cut flowers, bedding plants, U-pick strawberries and honey, managing of a farmers' market.

Stipend: $250 per week. Interns are covered under Ohio Workman's Compensation, but NO additional health insurance is provided.

Housing: We provide wonderful housing in a small, self-contained, well-appointed, fully furnished cottage on the property. During the off-season we rent the cottage on Airbnb and applicants can see the housing at this link: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/194186

Preferred method Of Contact: Email or phone

Internship Details: Our farm is small. We have the bare minimum of equipment, but have developed tools and techniques that enable us to do very well. A typical summer work week includes garden maintenance, planting of weekly succession crops, harvesting produce and flowers, making up flower bunches, and setting up and selling at farmers' market. Once farmers' markets begin in May, Sundays and Mondays are ALWAYS free, so the 40 hours would be worked Tuesday through Saturday. In April the work week is Monday-Friday.


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