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Turner Farm
7400 Given Road
Cincinnati, OH 45243

Contact: Rachel Bellis, Abby Lundrigan

Phone: 513-561-7400

Email: info@turnerfarm.org

Website: http://www.turnerfarm.org

Last Updated: 12-14-2016

General Description: Turner Farm consists of 220 acres of land that includes open pastures, gardens, fields, meadows and wooded areas. We cultivate up to ten of those acres for organic vegetable production, with production in high tunnels, cold frames, and under row cover year round. We cultivate a large variety of vegetables in addition to popcorn and mushrooms. Draft horses are used for some of the field work. Our produce is certified organic and sold through our vegetable CSA, Ohio Valley Food Connection (a wholesale outlet for restaurant sales), Madeira Farmers Market, Findlay Market, and at our on-farm market shed. We sell at the farm Monday - Saturday, daylight hours. Our livestock are rotationally grazed on clean, open pastures and fed all natural, non-GMO grains and minerals. We offer a meat and egg CSA and sell these products in our store as well. Our Flower Share lets subscribers pick up to 25 flower stems 10 times throughout the season. Many educational programs for schools and the public are offered, including a farm day camp. Additionally, there is an on-site teaching kitchen where classes in clean eating and cooking from scratch are available to the public. This space is also occasionally rented for events.

Internship Starts: 04-03-2017
Internship Ends: 10-31-2017
Number of Interns: 5
App Deadline: 01-31-2017
Minimum Length of Stay: 7 months (full term of season)

Meals: Apprentices receive a $500 stipend in our Farm Market to be applied toward purchase of our produce. Additionally, meat and eggs produced on the farm are half price, eggs and fruit purchased from other farms are available at cost. "Seconds" or unsaleable produce is free.

Skills Desired: We are willing to accept garden apprentices with little or no prior farm experience, however we are focused on training individuals interested in pursuing a career in agriculture. Ability to do physical work in all weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold, is a requirement.

Applicant must be available for the full duration of the season (April-October), Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00, in addition to two Saturday mornings per month and occasional Thursday evenings.

Educational Opportunities: Besides learning-by-doing work, we provide weekly classroom education on specific crops, farm maintenance, planning, etc., as well as take interns on tours of other farms. Formal classroom time is one hour/ week on average and is on the clock. Garden apprentices share responsibility for the mid-week farmers market as well, an opportunity to work on skills such as customer interaction and marketing.

Apprentices additionally may take any of the public educational classes offered at the farm beyond the intern classes at a discount.

Stipend: Pay is minimum wage. Time and 1/2 for more than 40 hours per week. Major holidays are paid time off.

Housing: Limited communal housing is available in a nice house in a neighboring town, complete with central air conditioning and heating, full kitchen with dishwasher, washer and dryer, and fenced-in back yard. It is located within biking distance of the farm and is $100/month/apprentice.

Preferred method Of Contact: Email or Call

Internship Details: Garden apprentices will be involved in all aspects of growing, harvesting, weed control, pest management, and marketing of herbs, flowers, mushrooms and vegetables. They will sometimes be involved in greenhouse work, mushroom house work, and basic animal chores. Garden apprentices will learn to use a walk behind rototiller (one of our tractors), and will have the option of learning to work with draft horses and some of the bigger tractors if they wish. Each apprentice chooses a field area to have primary responsibility over, and will be given more independence in that field's management as the season progresses. We make a lot of our own compost, and this involves regularly picking up food scraps from a local organic juicery/restaurant, a task that we all share. All interns will also have a weekly cleaning chore. There is daily interaction with other people, particularly the CSA members who are required to work on the farm. Apprentices additionally run our booth at Madeira Farmers Market during the main season. Apprentices learn in the field in addition to having regular formal educational classes. These generally are about one hour per week and are on the clock.


 

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