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Birch Point is hiring for 2017!

CSA Farm Internships/Job in lovely Leelanau County
We are a nine-year-old CSA farm eight miles from Traverse City, located on a lovely 1880s farmstead that includes original barns and buildings, and a tiny little view of Lake Leelanau . We are not certified organic, but use all organic production methods.  We grow approximately four acres of vegetables, flowers, and herbs, including two unheated hoophouses and one heated greenhouse.  Our market is approximately half CSA and half farmers' markets. We are a family of three humans, one dog, and one cat.  We are motivated by a love and care of this land, love and care of our two-year old, appreciation of land-based and place-based life and work, appreciation of old barns and buildings, serving and building our CSA (and wider) community, good food, hard work, value placed on art and beauty as well as dirt and grit, and the belief that all people are equal, valuable, and welcome here. Our area is rich in gorgeous beaches, biking and hiking trails, good food, food-and-farm educational opportunities, and good company-- we think you'll like it!
Positions available:
1. Assistant Field Manager
Work with the farmer and the field manager on all aspects of production, post harvest handling, and some CSA distribution and farmers' markets.  April through October. Supervise work crews.  Perform some tractor work and maintenance, depending on experience. 
Early season work includes crop planning, transplant production and sales, field and hoophouse prep, and planting.  Mid-season work includes supervising interns, CSA work shares, and volunteers, possibly leading tours/managing volunteer work parties, cultivation, harvest, maintenance, and fall planning/planting.  Late season work includes supervising work crews, harvesting, fall clean-up, cover cropping, fall/winter hoophouse work.  May be included in farmers market staff rotation depending on experience/interest/demand, and may be invited to contribute articles/photos/etc to the farm newsletter, but this is primarily a production position.  This season's position may lead to longer term employment.
-30-50 hours per week (avg 40)
-Compensation includes stipend (dependent on experience), farm food, and possibly housing.
-Rustic on-site housing may be available and nearby rental housing may be available. 
Please send a resume and letter of interest if you are:
-physically fit and hardworking
-available at least April 15-October 31
-a positive person and good communicator
-someone with at least two seasons of vegetable production experience, and preferably also hoophouse production and tractor experience
-passionate about good food, farming, and good stewardship
-prepared to be hot, cold, dirty, muddy, dry, wet, wind whipped, sunburned, and otherwise friends with the weather 
-eager to learn and contribute
-interested in owning/running your own farm in the future, i.e. knowledge and experience are your primary goals for the season
-flexible in all things- able to work in all weather, with or without supervision, one-on-one or in a group, and able to roll with unexpected changes joyfully (we have a two-year-old that will be on the farm part of each work week, not to mention weather, crop, and work fluctuations throughout the season)
-currently insured (must have own health insurance)
-interested in living in one of the most beautiful places on earth
2.Farm Intern/Apprentice
Perfect for Horticulture students (we've hosted several MSU Hort students for their summer internships before), or any student.  June-August; AND may extend season based on availability.
Farm Interns work alongside the farmer and field manager on all aspects of production, post harvest handling, and CSA distribution and farmers' markets.  Depending on start and end date, may include greenhouse and/or fall hoophouse work, may also include writing/contributing photos to the farm newsletter/fb.
-30-50 hours per week (avg 40)
-Compensation includes stipend, dedicated education and personal project time, and farm food.
-Rustic on-site housing may be available and nearby rental housing may be available. 
Please send a resume and letter of interest if you are:
-physically fit and hardworking
-available at least June through August, and possibly earlier/later
-a positive person and good communicator
-passionate about good food, farming, and good stewardship
-prepared to be hot, cold, dirty, muddy, dry, wet, wind whipped, sunburned, and otherwise friends with the weather 
-eager to learn and contribute
-interested in owning/running your own farm in the future, i.e. knowledge and experience are your primary goals for the season
-flexible in all things- able to work in all weather, with or without supervision, one-on-one or in a group, and able to roll with unexpected changes joyfully (we have a two-year-old that will be on the farm part of each work week, not to mention weather, crop, and work fluctuations throughout the season)
-currently insured (must have own health insurance)
-interested in living in one of the most beautiful places on earth
Please contact Michelle at birchpointcsa@gmail.com or 231-933-7256 with any questions.
Created on Thursday, February 23, 2017