Clay Bottom Farm Internship Program
Our internship program is designed to give interns a fun, hands-on learning experience in all aspects of organic food production. Your tasks could include planting, ground preparation, compost management, weeding, harvesting, marketing, or washing vegetables. There are lots of Amish-related tourist attractions in our area (we are surrounded by small Amish farms) and we are within 3 hours of Chicago, Detroit, Ann Arbor, South Bend, and Kalamazoo.
It is a volunteer-based, educational internship, though we do offer a $50 per week housing stipend. Most interns live in Goshen (seven miles away) and commute by bike or car. We provide you with plenty of fresh, organic vegetables. Our focus is on training so that interns leave with skills to start their own farms or to work successfully on other farms.
Our internship seasons are
SPRING: Feb 1-May 31 (part-time in Feb and March, full time April and May)
SUMMER: June 1-Aug 31 (full time)
FALL: Sept 1-Thanksgiving (full time)
WINTER: Dec. 1-Jan. 31 (Thurs.-Fri. afternoon only; we take two weeks off around holidays).
We can accommodate up to 2 interns.
Who we are looking for: Someone with a passion for small-scale vegetable farming, ideally someone seriously considering farming as a career. You do not need to have farm experience but must be eager to learn. We appreciate those who always look for better ways to get a job done, and who can also take direction when required. You should be able to show up on time, ready for work. Your work could be alone as well as in groups, and you must enjoy fast-paced work.
We also like to have fun!
Book reading list: Reading and reflection on issues related to farming and ecology are an integrated part of a Clay Bottom Farm internship. Some books we recommend:
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollen
Grass, Soil, Hope by Courtney White
Life Without Oil by Steven Hallet
Tomatoland by Barry Estabrook