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Burning River Farm
1125 Clam Falls Drive
Frederic, WI 54837
Contact: Michael Noreen
Last Updated: 12-12-2018
General Description: Burning River Farm is located 3 miles east of the town of Frederic in Northwest Wisconsin. The farm is Certified Naturally Grown, the grassroots alternative to USDA Organic. 2019 will be our 14th season at the Mill City Farmers Market in Minneapolis and the 13th season growing for our 250+ CSA members. We will also be attending the NE Minneapolis Farmers Market for our 6th season, and Midtown Farmers Market for our 4th. The farm grows a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and some fruit using only chemical free methods. We use tractors to cultivate when possible and have a strong focus on cover cropping and soil building while growing a wide variety of produce. We specialize in salad mixes and other greens that are popular with our market and CSA customers.
Internship Starts: 04-01-2019
Internship Ends: 11-01-2019
Number of Interns: 3
App Deadline: Until filled, see farm website to check availability
Minimum Length of Stay: Full season
Meals: Vegetables and eggs from the farm, when available, are free of charge for employees personal use. Some basic staples are provided (rice, beans, oats). Crew members are responsible for cooking their own meals.
Skills Desired: Previous experience in farming is preferred but not required. Required are a positive attitude, a good work ethic, the ability to communicate clearly and to adapt. Manual labor experience is valuable. Although there is a great variation in farming, many tasks are monotonous and physically demanding. We often spend a lot of time on our knees weeding, or lifting and walking with heavy bins of produce. A current drivers license and clean driving record are preferred.
Educational Opportunities: It is important to know that this is an employment position for those geared towards good food and physical work. Experience comes from participating wholeheartedly in the daily grind, attending markets and gaining real world "flight time". Training the full time crew on farm operations is a top priority. Conversations along the way about the what's and why's of farming is encouraged.
Stipend: First season pay is $1700/month, rent and utility free housing with private room in a nice crew house, vegetables and some basic food staples, and year end bonus paid upon completion of the season. The year end bonus is 5% of our farmers market sales divided between the 3 full time crew. Full time crew members returning for a 2nd season receive $2200 monthly pay. The hourly breakdown for the salaries for 1st and 2nd year crew members are approximately $9 and $12/hr respectively reflecting a 45-50 hr work week. This is not including the value of accommodations. There are no deductions from pay other than state and federal taxes, medicare and social security.
Housing: Housing is provided during employment on the farm. Full time crew share a house in the town of Frederic, 3 miles from the farm. This house is modern and comfortable. It is close to the library, biking trails, park, hiking and DT Frederic. Each employee has a private room. The house has 2 bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. Crew members will be responsible for keeping the house clean and doing yard work. Though housing is provided as part of employement, the farm does deduct a damage deposit from the first paycheck of each crew member, which is refunded when the farming position ends. All employees must sign a housing agreement before moving in.
Please check in on our website for more information.
Preferred method Of Contact: Email or Phone.
Internship Details: There are 3 full time position available for the 2019 season! Full job description is available at:
Our full time farm crew is the backbone of the farm. These positions are ideal for individuals who are hard working, don't mind getting dirty and enjoy being focused and effecient. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: greenhouse production, transplanting, tillage, cultivation, weeding and harvest, and cleaning and packing produce for a 250+ member CSA and farmers markets, and lead at one of the farmers market stands. Other responsibilities may include delivery driving, building projects, etc. Field production is seperated into three areas of responsibility. These are: cover crops/ field prep, bed making/planting, and cultivating/weed control. These positions are heavy on vegetable harvest and post harvest handling, weeding and general field labor. This is a farm, and we all do the hard stuff.