We host interns in May, and June through August. Other arrangements are also possible. Interns will learn about regenerative agriculture within the broader context of sustainable systems. Regenerative agriculture is ecologically based, economically viable, and civically engaged with the local community.
· Start and transplant heirloom vegetable seedlings
· Direct seed vegetables
· Work to sheet mulch new garden space and build hugel
beds (raised beds with a wood core to absorb moisture)
· Plant new shrubs and trees
· Weed the market garden and perennial beds
· Scout for insect pests
· Harvest fruits and vegetables
· Construct new farm structures like hoophouses, chicken
Particular focus is on soil health, biodiversity, Permaculture principles, and body mechanics of farming. Other topics can be included depending on intern interest, including business planning, biocultural subjects, ecological economics, and homesteading. Some short tours of nearby farms are included on an irregular basis. Interns will have access to an extensive agricultural library while on the farm.
Interns receive food and housing and a small end of season bonus during the summer internship period. They trade their work on the farm for the unique learning they will experience. Interns that successfully complete their internship on the farm and start a farm of their own can receive starter chicks, scion wood, and heirloom seeds when they begin their operation.
Farmer Clare has a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Writing, a Master’s of Science in Sustainable Systems/Agroecology, and a PhD in Sustainability Education with a focus on Regenerative Agriculture. Clare received her certificate in Advanced Permaculture Design in 2008 and has also studied with Sepp Holzer. Clare founded Growing Connections, a liberal arts program in sustainable agriculture at Northland College, and has been teaching sustainable agriculture and Permaculture for over a decade. She is on the citizen’s advisory council for the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at the University of Wisconsin and is the Chapter Coordinator for the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association.
Contact us for more details about spring and summer internships!
NEW FOR 2017! Do you have farming experience but no capital to own your own land? Inquire about Elsewhere Farm's "Hatching New Farmers" program! Mentor with an experienced small farmer and run your own small business! You get tilled and fertilized land, basic housing, equipment to share, and lots of business advice in trade for two days a week working at Elsewhere.