Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is offering several internship opportunities to learn and work in its beautiful 2-acre market garden in East Troy, Wisconsin. Michael Field’s Stella Gardens is an intensively planted perennial fruit and annual vegetable garden that was designed to teach young farmers the fundamentals of soil health, garden biology, and successive rotations. If you have given serious thought to becoming a small-scale farmer or market gardener and want to learn more, then consider applying for this demanding, hands-on exploration of small-scale organic farming. This 7.5 month internship (from mid-March through October 31) is a full-time position in which you assist the garden manager with the daily tasks of greenhouse sowing and management, building raised beds, hand sowing and transplanting, irrigation, weeding, pest management, harvest, post-harvest handling, and perennial propagation, planting, maintenance, and harvest. The majority of our work is done by hand to 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 farmer’s market, and sell to local schools, CSAs, and other businesses. In return, Stella Gardens interns receive a monthly $500 stipend, on-site lodging (own room), access to food from the gardens, a shared kitchen, enrollment in Michael Fields Whole Farm Workshops and in CRAFT Farmer Training Field Days, and the opportunity to take field trips to other innovative farms. All you need is a strong body, enthusiastic perspective, willingness to learn, a flexible nature, and an interest in farming/gardening and food and resource sustainability issues. Our deadline for applications is January 15.
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