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/week housing stipend if you’d like to rent in town and commute to the farm (seven miles from Goshen). Or, you can stay in our on-farm apartment at no cost. Either way, 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.
Farm work days (Winter) are Monday afternoons from 2-5 pm and Tues-Fri, 8am – 5pm, with a one-hour lunch. These times are subject to change to accommodate the weather (we start earlier in extreme heat), but total hours are generally the same. In addition, we also ask interns to help us out at our Tuesday afternoon farmers market and at 2 Saturday farmers markets per month.
Our internship seasons are
SPRING: March 1-May 31 (full time)
SUMMER: June 1-Aug 31 (full time)
FALL: Sept 1-Thanksgiving (full time)
WINTER: Dec. 1-Feb. 28 (Thurs.-Fri. 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 like creative interns who are always looking 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 ask that you show up on time and ready for work in all kinds of weather.
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 Omnivor’s Dilemma by Michael Pollen
The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith
Life Without Oil by Steven Hallet
Tomatoland by Barry Estabrook
Contact us at:
Clay Bottom Farm
11434 CR 34
Goshen, IN 46528
Ben’s cell: 574-538-8741