Sweet Land Farm and Songbird Farm are looking for an intern for the 2012 farming season. Both farms are located on a piece of bottom land by the Sandy River in Starks, Maine.
This internship offers the opportunity to learn from two farms at very different stages of growth and with different business models.
Sweet Land Farm focuses on large scale wholesale production of winter squash as well as seed trials and an additional focus on unusual crops for ethnic markets in Maine. Jay Robinson is a long time organic farmer with many years of experience in operating his farm as well as in mentoring others.
Songbird Farm is a certified organic mixed veggie and flint corn operation run by Johanna Davis and Adam Nordell in their mid and late twenties. Their markets include restaurants, natural food stores, a multi- farm CSA and a farmers' market.
Starks is located near Farmington, a college town in the foothills of the western Maine mountains, home to a well stocked natural food store and a contradance. About equally close is Skowhegan, the home of a thriving new food hub, a new grain mill and site of the national Kneading Conference.
The work for an intern will include help with hand and mechanical cultivation, harvesting, washing produce, and potentially farmers' market sales. On site housing is provided as well as food and some shared meals. A stipend will also be available for a negotiated amount.
If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.