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Blackbrook Farm
1150 35th Ave.
Amery, WI 54001

Contact: James and Ayla Dodge

Phone: 651-343-2595
828-702-0444

Email: blackbrook.farm.llc@gmail.com

Website: http://www.blackbrookfarmstead.com

Last Updated: 01-16-2019

General Description: We are a small family farm located in Western WI 60 miles northeast of the Twin Cities. On our 140-acre farm we grow Certified Organic vegetables, fruits and herbs as well as heritage pastured pigs- and new is 2019 a small herd of cattle we are rotationally grazing. 2019 will mark our 8th year. We sell our produce and meat through our 250 member CSA and direct to restaurants. We live among quite a few other small organic farmers and have created a thriving community in our area of Western WI. Our family of four, James, Ayla, Ronia (4) and Edwin (2) are excited to start another year and look forward to hearing from you!

Internship Starts: 4-1-2019
Internship Ends: 11-15-2019
Number of Interns: 3
App Deadline: NA
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months

Meals: We eat well, using our vegetables, meat and eggs from the farm as well as other local foods. We consider food and meal time to be one of the most important activities and benefits of working on our farm. We share in a mid-day meal together. We value the quality of our meals, so when we do not personally prepare the meals, we have our employees prepare them on paid time. You can purchase food items you want for yourself (within reason) or for communal meals and will be reimbursed monthly if you are living in the farm.

Skills Desired: The Pack-Shed Leader needs to have at least one year of vegetable production experience. They will lead the other employees in post-harvest handling, washing and packing the vegetables. They will show and train others on quality standards, washing techniques and packing standards. They will keep an inventory of pack shed supplies, keep the pack-shed clean and keep us up to date on produce inventory, quality issues and things to order. They will also take part in daily planting, harvesting, weeding, etc with the rest of the crew. The Harvest/Farm Crew Leader needs to have at least one year of vegetable production experience. They will lead the Farm Crew in planting, harvesting and weeding in conjunction with myself. This person will be in charge of quality control in the field (spacing, bunch size, dirtiness, uniformity, etc). This person will be in charge of making sure the crew has what they need in the field in order to plant, harvest or weed(harvest tools, knives, bins, scissors, water for hydration, etc). They will also work directly with me on creating harvest lists, weeding scheduling, goals for harvesting, helping with efficiencies, helping train crew members on harvesting and efficiency where needed. They will work with the crew on all other matters of the farm including greenhouse work, animals rotation, weeding, irrigating/etc.. Farm Crew Employee will assist the leaders and me in greenhouse work, planting ,harvesting, packing, weeding and animal chores. Farm Crew Employee Applicants do not need to have experience, although it is preferred. We train new employees every year and are interested in employees who have a desire to work here for more than one year with added responsibility and pay. The primary skills required for all will be a strong work ethic and common sense. Skills and experience needed will be someone who wants to learn by doing, is motivated and has enthusiasm and energy, has an ability to easily lift 40lbs and is physically able bodied. Manual labor skills will help but is not required, a strong mental state and ability to take constructive and positive criticism and an ability to work as a team is needed.

Educational Opportunities: This is a high paced production farm, so you learn by doing. If you are interested you can learn how to do a multitude of tasks on the tractor including cultivating, spreading, bed preparation and more. All employees will learn how to propagate plants, transplant, weed, harvest and pack vegetables, how to irrigate using drip and overhead, how to grow in high tunnels, and how to tend to pastured animals.

Stipend: For all positions, We work Monday-Friday 8-5, with rarely going overtime. Sometimes the leaders will meet with me before or after work. Weekend hours are not required unless you sign up to do animal chores, which we will rotate if you live on the farm. We will occasionally work later but it is rare. Starting pay is $10/hour for farm crew position and will be higher if you have a year or more of organic farming experience or other production farming experience. The Packshed and Harvest Crew Leaders will be paid based on experience and will start at 12/hr. You will also be fed meals Monday-Fri and can eat all the veggies, meat and eggs on your own time. We will deduct room and board from your pay if you live on the farm. If you live off the farm, we will deduct the mid-day meal from your pay.

Housing: All positions are offered a room on the farm. You will be provided with a reasonably sized private bedroom. Internet is provided. You will need to use the laundromat in town. Please bring boots, mud/muck boots, rain gear, appropriate clothing for all types of weather and sheets and pillows for your bed. Please do not bring any furniture.

Preferred method Of Contact: email is best. Phones calls are good, too.

Internship Details: We encourage folks to apply who have a desire to farm on their own in the future. For the 2019 season, we are looking for 3 full time positions (harvest crew leader, pack-shed leader and farm crew employee) and possible 1-2 part time positions. We are looking for applicants who are self-motivated, good communicators and have an eye for efficiency and quality, which are not mutually exclusive. Your responsibilities will be in all areas of the farm and will include but is not limited to: greenhouse propagation, transplanting vegetables, cultivating, harvesting and packing vegetables, tending to the animals, tractor work and more. We need people who are able to take a leadership role, can work alone or in a group, are interested in gaining knowledge and learning how to work more efficiently and get work done! We do have high expectations of our employees, and in return you are rewarded with a decent wage, all the food you could want, good community and a degrees worth of education on how to farm organically.


 

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