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Internship Opportunity at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy WI

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI), is offering several internship opportunities to learn and work in our gardens.  The 4+ acre market garden specializes in perennial fruits and annual vegetables.  MFAI, located in East Troy, Wisconsin, is a public, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to cultivate the ecological, social, economic and spiritual vitality of food and farming systems through education, research, policy and market development.

The Gardens at Michael Fields is a beautiful, organic and biodynamic market garden located behind the main building at MFAI.  The goal of our farm is to provide healthy, fresh food to the local community and to provide an environment to train young farmers on the fundamentals of sustainable agriculture.  As a Stella Gardens Intern, you will work in the greenhouse, hoop house, perennial border gardens, orchards and brambles learning how to grow and maintain healthy annual and perennial crops as well as create a habitat for the beneficial organisms that help support our gardens.  The majority of our work is done with hand tools, which build strong bodies and an intimate understanding of the importance of healthy soil.  We market our vegetable and fruit through an on-site farm stand and local farmers’ market as well as wholesale to schools and other venues. 

For the 2014 Season we are looking for 2 full-time volunteer interns ($500 per month stipend)

Where:  Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy, Wisconsin

When: Mid-May through Mid-August

Hours:  Monday through Thursday, 7am to 4pm, Fridays until 7:30pm with a break in the day, Some occasional Saturdays are possible.

Duties:  Assist the garden manager with daily tasks, including greenhouse sowing and management, hand sowing and transplanting, irrigation, weeding, pest management, harvest and post-harvest handling.  Several small-scale research projects will also serve as learning opportunities.

Requirements:  Strong body, enthusiastic perspective, willingness to learn, flexibility to go with the flow, and an interest in farming/gardening, food and resource sustainability issues and value-added products. 

Includes: On-site lodging for interns, shared kitchen, produce from the gardens, CRAFT membership, opportunity to attend MFAI’s Whole Farm Workshop Series, educational classes on various farming topics, field trips to other farms and some weekend adventures.

**Must provide proof of health insurance.**

 

If interested in submitting an application or have questions, please contact Christine Welcher at cwelcher@michaelfields.org.