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Clay Hill Organic Produce & Flowers
2848 North Township Road 165
Tiffin, OH 44883
Contact: Aaron Buskirk, Kristy Buskirk
Last Updated: 01-02-2019
General Description: Kristy and Aaron run an organic produce and flower farm in rural northwest Ohio, about 7 miles from Tiffin, 1 hour from Toledo, 1.5 hours from Cleveland, Columbus, or Detroit. After traveling and working on many different farms, we moved back to the farmland where Aaron grew up and converted 52 acres from conventional grains to organic vegetables and flowers. 7 acres, and growing, are in cultivation while 23 are in cover crops and hay and 22 acres are woods with a ravine and stream. There is a greenhouse heated by wood stove, 2 high tunnels, a walk-in cooler, a covered washing station, and we use a small JD tractor and a series of implements, old and new. We sell vegetables and flowers at 3 local farmers markets, design flowers for events, and sell wholesale through our multi-farm organic co-op.
Internship Starts: 05-01-2019
Internship Ends: 11-01-2019
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: 04-15-2019 preferred, but inquire anytime
Minimum Length of Stay: full season preferred, some part time
Meals: Interns will receive and be encouraged to eat all the food we grow, and eggs and venison can be provided. Hunting and gathering in our woods also encouraged. Some communal meals.
Skills Desired: No previous farm experience is necessary but at least some outdoor labor experience is preferred, along with a desire and willingness to work and stay motivated in all conditions. Best candidates are aspiring to be farmers themselves.
Educational Opportunities: Interns will be trained in all parts of running and working on an organic farm. Interns can learn about soil improvement and cover crop management. We will share our spreadsheets for seeding/planting/harvesting/selling. Tours to other local organic farms in our co-op are possible. During off hours we can teach some general homesteading skills like canning, pickling and fermenting food, plant and tree identification, wild harvesting, mushroom hunting, wood splitting and maple syrup production. If interested, interns can also learn about sheep, chickens and pigs from our neighbor, Aaron's uncle.
Stipend: We pay $250/week, plus food and lodging. A raise or end-of-season bonus is possible for full season interns. Also an hourly wage is possible for anyone who doesn't need lodging.
Housing: Housing will be available in a vintage 27' camper with fridge/stove/electric/water. For more rustic lodgings one may set up a campsite in the woods or the native grass/wildflower field. There is an outdoor shower and composting toilet.
Preferred method Of Contact: email or call
Internship Details: Interns will work on all aspects of the farm from greenhouse propagation to planting, weeding, irrigation, harvesting, washing, and selling at market. As the flower part of our business is growing, an interested intern can have an emphasis on flowers, though will still have to help with other work. Likewise interns more interested in vegetables can have an emphasis on that, but will have to help with flowers too. The work is very demanding, and the elements are humbling, but we usually have fun. Expect lots of rides in the back of an old pickup and a rusty cargo van. In the busy season, July-Sept, we will be able to hire additional part time work, or short internships. No deadline, please inquire anytime through the season.