For the past three years we have participated in the FARRMS (the Foundation for Agricultural and Rural Resources Management and Sustainability) Internship Program. It’s an amazing opportunity that helps out local farms and creates a place of learning for those interested in sustainable farming in North Dakota.
“The FARRMS Internship Program provides beginning farmers and ranchers real world training in sustainable agriculture. Participants in the FARRMS Internship Program live and work full on a Mentor Farm for an entire growing season, receiving ongoing instruction and learn in-depth skills unique to the Mentor Farm’s operation. The goal of the FARRMS Internship Program is to prepare beginning farmers and ranchers with the fundamental skills and concepts of operating a successful farm.”
So, we’re hiring!
Enjoy a truly unique experience to be a part of a young farm. If you’ve ever considered the life of a farmer, this is your chance to experience it without the risk. Plus, learn to grow in the challenging short growing season of the upper Midwest.
2017 will be our 4th season. We are not certified organic, but believe in transparent farming practices and being open and honest about all inputs (OMRI approved) used on our farm. We do not use any synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, or any genetically modified seed.
In addition to the CSA, we are part of the North Dakota Farm to School Program and deliver fresh vegetables to the Jamestown Public School District August-October. We also sell to an amazing local cafe/restaurant, Terra Nomad Company and to our local food co-op, BisMan Community Food Co-op. We also attend one farmer’s market, BisMarket, at least bi-weekly on Saturdays, sometimes more where we sell sourdough breads and pre-baked pizza crusts alongside our produce.
Living: Intern(s) will live in our 35′ camper, complete with full kitchen, bathroom and one shared bedroom as well as open living spaces. We will be accepting 1-2 interns for the season, so please keep in mind you may be sharing the space. Couples and/or close friends are welcome. Interns are responsible for cleaning the camper.
Stipend: $800/month for each week worked.
Food: Interns will have access to products from the farm, such as vegetables, eggs, honey and some meat. Some bulk dry goods will also be available. Interns are responsible for their own meals, however we do enjoy dining and cooking together and will occasionally share meals in our home.
Expectations: This is a 3-6 month long internship. Applicants who can start in August/September are welcome to apply. 8-10 hours/day, 6 days/week with 2 weekends off each month. Example: Monday-Saturday one week, Monday-Friday the next week and so on.
Duties include, but are not limited to: seeding, transplanting, weeding, harvesting/washing/packing CSA boxes twice weekly and wholesale order 1-2 times a week, help at deliveries, rotational grazing management of goats, milking goats, holistically/herbally manage the herd health, occasional tractor and walk-behind work, collect and wash eggs from our 60 laying hens, assisting in the kitchen on sourdough bake days, assisting on occasional building projects, etc.
In addition to experience growing food, we’re interested in candidates with the following skills (preferred, but not necessary): carpentry skills, small livestock management, dairy experience i.e. milking an animal.