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124 - 280th Street
Osceola, WI 54020
Contact: Chris Burkhouse, Paul Burkhouse
Last Updated: 07-13-2018
General Description: Foxtail Farm CSA Apprenticeship
Foxtail Farm is looking for two people who are interested in working on a diversified vegetable farm that markets though a Winter CSA. We prefer a couple or 2 individuals who are committed to sustainable farming and want to explore growing year round in the upper mid-west.
Apprentices help grow the vegetables we use for our 250 member Winter CSA as well as work in our licensed processing kitchen, root cellars, and delivering CSA boxes.
We have successfully graduated many new farmers (available as references) and incubator opportunities are available for the right folks depending on skill level and interest.
Apprentices learn all practical aspects of our farming operation including greenhouse/hoophouse operation and management, tillage, planting, cultivating, harvesting, packing, root cellaring and processing. We also have discussions concerning cover crops, fertility and soil health, finances etc.
Compensation includes $8/hour, proceeds from our established farmer's market, farm produce, great housing, and opportunity to use our infrastructure, land and assistance to start your farming career.
If the apprenticeship continues for a second year (our preference) there is access to additional land, markets and income potential under your own farm name. Opportunities may also exist for small animal operations, or value added kitchen ventures.
Most important are enthusiasm for farming, a positive attitude and a willingness to work and learn. Successful applicants will have at least one year of production farm experience and a solid work history with excellent references. Being in good physical condition is important as is being fast and efficient.
What to Expect:
You can expect to work hard and learn a lot about this type of farming. The work we do is physically and mentally challenging. On our part, we will share our knowledge and the resources of the farm so that you can be successful in your future farming endeavors.
Internship Starts: 10-15-18
Internship Ends: 12-24 months
Number of Interns: 2
Minimum Length of Stay: 8 months
Meals: What we produce here on the farm is available for personal use. This includes farm produce, breads, granola, humus, fermented products such as sour kraut, kim che, pickles etc. We cook and provide mid-day meal on work days.
Skills Desired: At least one growing season farming on a production farm as well as a strong work history and excellent references are required. Enthusiasm for farming, a positive attitude and willingness to work and learn. Being in good physical condition is important as well as speed, organization and attention to detail. Respect and honesty for the people you are working and living with are also essential. We are especially looking for people who want to learn how to farm for a living and who are interested in working hard.
Educational Opportunities: We teach all aspects of vegetable farming in a natural way on this scale (10-20 acres). We are not currently certified organic but would qualify. You will learn through doing the work as well as working closely with the farmers. We are intent on teaching beginning farmers all aspects of farming including machinery, soils, cover cropping, fertilization, finances as well as any other subject folks are interested in. With our assistance, qualified apprentices grow for and operate our local farmers market. This is an established local market.
Stipend: Base pay is $8/hour and averages 135 hours per month. In addition, qualified apprentices keep the proceeds from our local farmer's market (under Foxtail Farm's name) which they grow for and manage. Compensation also includes some on farm produce (as discussed above). In the second year, apprentices can start their own business and add additional income earning markets for the produce that they grow in their own market garden plot on the farm.
Housing: A beautiful independent, on farm, one bedroom apartment with full living room, kitchen and deck is available. All utilities are included. Rent charged.
Preferred method Of Contact: Email, or phone
Internship Details: We are now looking for 2 full time, year round (preferably) apprentices to work at Foxtail Farm. Stable couples are especially encouraged to apply. Ideally, these positions will last for 2 years. Located 1 hour northeast of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, Foxtail Farm is a 65-acre family-owned and operated farm that provides us with our entire living. We grow all year round to supply our 250 member WINTER CSA. Interns learn all aspects of our operation, including greenhouse/hoophouse work, appropriate machinery, field work and production, harvest and marketing. We will grow and process in the summer and process, pack and deliver in the winter. You can expect to work hard and learn a lot about this type of farming. Most important are enthusiasm for farming, a positive attitude and a willingness to work and learn. Being in good physical condition is important. Respect and honesty for the people you are working and living with are also essential.