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We are a small farm looking to expand our fruit, vegetable, and flower garden, greenhouse, and other growing systems to pursue sustainable agriculture. We are seeking self motivated helpers for a free internship on our historic farm, located in the scenic village of Parshallville, Michigan. Permanent residents here include Shelby and Trevor-- but we often have volunteers, family, friends, and hired workers at the farm as well, forming a small community of people working toward a common goal. We're a group of friendly, open minded people growing toward an earth-friendly farm that can nourish our local community. We want to learn from travelers with new energy and perspectives, and we welcome individual travelers or groups of friends or family who want to share a bit of themselves here and learn what we do.
We would love to host volunteers who want to learn about our farm and bring new, bright perspectives to our projects. We are looking for volunteers of any background and experience level who are adaptable, communicative, and curious to discover what they can do for our farm and what we can do for them!
Internship Coordinator: Shelby
My name is Shelby, and I am 22 years old.
My first childhood memory takes place in a bright field, with the warmth of the sun on my back and the tart sweetness of freshly picked strawberries on my tongue. I grew up on a produce and horse farm, which became a goat-dairy farm, which shifted to a dairy and beef farm, which is now shifting once more into a pleasant little dome greenhouse, a large garden, and the beginning stages of a small food forest. My single mother has worked tirelessly to create a small business with her goat milk products; as she shifts away from the farm, I am pursuing sustainable agriculture, permaculture, fermentation, canning and drying foods, breadmaking, crafting, and exploring my knowledge and limits over the 2020 growing season! This will be my second growing season on the farm, and last year we learned which ideas worked and which did not. I am so excited to try new growing techniques and to see this new direction the farm is taking!
This is an incredible and challenging opportunity for me, and I’m gonna need some help.
If you are interested in forming a small farming community to work toward the common goal of caring for our earth and nourishing ourselves and the local area, please consider reaching out. All levels of experience are more than welcome; this growing season will be a learning opportunity for all of us as we strive for sustainability, healthy harvest, and creativity. We will exchange ideas and knowledge, and work together to problem solve. My goal for this season is to explore, experiment, and create. I hope to learn what works best for our land and the people who nurture it, and form a safe, welcoming environment where all cultures and backgrounds are appreciated.
*️️️Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, etc. is not tolerated here. This is a safe space that welcomes open minds and hearts.*️️️
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help with Computers / internet
With an abundant background in farming, we have much to teach volunteers. The fresh produce available throughout the growing season allows us to to make beautiful food to enrich any traveler. We occasionally hold small gatherings or bonfires to allow for the exchange of ideas and knowledge with warm, friendly neighbors in the community. This provides opportunity to make new friends with people who do not live on the farm. Guests can also enjoy our small fishing boat and kayak when they are available, which they can take across the lake to a beautiful nature preserve. We are about ten minutes from the nearest small village and twenty minutes from the nearest city. Having your own car or method of transportation is beneficial because I work part time and may not always be able to drive you should you wish to go somewhere-- but if you don't have a car, there is much to do on the property in your free time!
From May to October, we are looking for help taking care of the chickens, helping on raised garden beds, with compost, planting, harvesting, weeding, and other gardening tasks. We will grow a variety of produce including, but not limited to, kale, cabbage, peaches, strawberries, raspberries and other fruits, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, pumpkins, winter and decorative squash, corn, and more! One of the biggest focuses for this growing season is to improve the efficiency of our garden designs, especially focusing on companion planting and arranging plants in such a way that protects pollinators, limits competition, and protects plants from pests. We may need help on the dome greenhouse as well, as there are still some modifications needed for it to be fully functional for all seasons, and we may erect new structures for more efficient farming. We look forward to brewing beers, hard ciders, and kombucha, which involves sanitizing equipment and carefully following written instructions. Creative humans are more than welcome to join in with some arts and crafts as well!
Towards the end of the season, we will harvest and prepare for the winter.
A lower priority, but still important, is to manage and, where possible, eradicate invasive species on the property.
Finally, volunteers also spend time in the buildings and grounds of the farm. There are many small tasks needed daily from volunteers around the farm in general, and can vary depending on the day or season. This can include general repair, help building, or assistance in a related project.
Wherever your skills lie, we look forward to spending time with you!
You should also be aware that, if you are the only intern on the farm at the time of your stay, you will likely be doing tasks alone some of the time. We love having self-motivated and creative souls at the farm!
Volunteers will have modest living arrangements in the back portion of the property. There is a small trailer with a bed and table that can host two people at a time, and we also have a mini insulated room in the barn complete with running water, beds and armchairs, a television, a mini kitchen space, and more. This space can also host multiple volunteers, depending on how the room is arranged. Volunteers are more than welcome to tent as well, but it is important that there is a bed available to you no matter what, in case of inclement weather or other situations that may arise. We have an outdoor shower and compost toilet, but an indoor restroom is also available. Interns will have a toaster, microwave, coffee machine, utensils, and more at their disposal. When there are no guests in the farmhouse, volunteers are welcome to use the hot tub and front fire pit on the property. More details (including pictures) will be provided soon as our arrangements develop.
Volunteers can spend time off exploring the historic villiage of Parshallville, biking, or hiking on the trails of a nearby Michigan Nature Sanctuary. We have a small, beautiful pine forest with a few trails to explore on the property, and bonfires are always encouraged! We also make relatively frequent trips into nearby cities or towns such as Brighton, Fenton, and Hartland.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
4-5 Hours a day, 5 days a week
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