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Farm Internship Description 2012

Posted 1/21/2012 1:03pm by Mark Werner.

The farm internship description is ready for the 2012 season. Fill out the application here and we'll get back to you soon!

 

Muddy Pumpkin Farms, a diverse vegetable and melon farm located above the confluence of the Missouri and White Rivers in South Dakota, seeks interns for the 2012 season. We grow an array of heirloom vegetables, berries, melons and herbs on 5 acres of a 700+ acre ranch for a CSA, local schools, restaurants, food banks and farmer markets that span the state. We are chemical free and transitioning to organic certification. We are far from any city.

We are seeking creative and hard-working individuals who are passionate about local organic food. Previous experience in farming is not required but encouraged. Interns will be involved in all aspects of small-scale, diversified farming including planning, planting, irrigating, weeding, harvesting and direct marketing. Special emphasis will be placed on building soil tilth, producing compost and organic pest and weed control. Applicants should be comfortable in leadership roles, able to keep good records and have strong communication skills. Experience with carpentry and equipment maintenance is also appreciated.

The dates for the internship are flexible (May through October) but we require a commitment of at least 12 consecutive weeks. A monthly stipend can be provided, and on-farm housing in the new bunkhouse is available. All farm workers are given access to all the vegetables, melons and herbs they can eat.

A large library of books is available on topics such as sustainable agriculture, bio-dynamics, permaculture, homesteading and food justice. Materials and expertise for preservation and canning are available on the farm. The farm is home to a small herd of Hereford cattle, friendly cats and dogs, Thunder the horse and (soon) a flock of chickens.  Opportunities to visit and learn from some of our sister farms include a hydroponic tomato operation, raw milk dairy and apple orchard.

 

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