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Internship Positions at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute - East Troy, WI

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI) is offering several internship opportunities to learn and work in Stella Gardens, a 2-acre market garden specializing in perennial fruits and annual vegetables. Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, located in East Troy, Wisconsin, is a public, non-profit with the mission to cultivate the ecological, social, economic, and spiritual vitality of food and farming systems through education, research, policy, and market development.

Stella Gardens is a beautiful, organic and biodynamic market garden located behind the main building at Michael Fields. The goal of our gardens 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 and in the hoop house, and in perennial border gardens, orchards and brambles, learning how to grow and maintain healthy annual and perennial crops, as well as create 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 vegetables and fruit through an on-site farm stand, and we expect to sell to local schools and other businesses. There is also a possibility of selling at a small, local farmer’s market. For 2012, we hope to work with 2 full-season interns and 2 summer interns.

When: Full-season - mid-March through October 31; Summer Season - June 1 through August 31.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8am-5:30pm; some occasional Saturdays, possible
Duties: Assist the garden manager with daily tasks, including greenhouse sowing and management, building raised beds, 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.

Stipend: $500 per month, including lodging (own room), shared kitchen, food from the garden
Includes: CRAFT membership, enrollment in MFAI Whole Farm Workshop Series, field trips to a diversity of other farms, some weekend adventures
**Must provide proof of health insurance

If interested in submitting an application, please contact Shawn Murray at smurray@michaelfields.org