Type of farm?
Produce - Vegetable/Fruit
Heart and Soil Farm is located 30 miles north of Fargo, ND. Fargo is the largest city in North Dakota.
Please email a current resume and one-page cover letter explaining your qualifications and why you are seeking an internship on our farm to email@example.com.
Meals will be provided by the farm during working hours. Produce will be available from the farm.
We are looking for reliable, hard-working and self-motivated individuals with a good sense of humor. Attitude and common sense are important in farming. You will be expected to work long hours outside in all weather conditions, lift heavy objects, be able to work independently as well as in a group and communicate well. Open, respectful communication is the key to a rewarding farm internship experience.
The goal of the internship program is to provide a training ground for aspiring farmers by teaching the basic concepts and practical applications of organic food production through hands-on learning. Education will include farm tours, discussions, webinars, helping on other local farms and community gardens and a self-guided project.
An ideal candidate is someone who is not afraid of dirt and hard work. Some general knowledge of agriculture and gardening is necessary, but having a curious mind and a willingness to bring new ideas to our operation is a major plus. Heart and Soil Farm is a family farm and interns will need to be comfortable around young children. Most important, we would like an intern that is excited to learn and willing to take on all manner of tasks, many of which are by no means glamorous. Farming is hard work but it is also incredibly rewarding.
Interns will be involved in all aspects of the operation from growing vegetables to administering the farm’s website and social media accounts and can expect to learn about record-keeping and interacting with CSA and farmers’ market customers. Interns will also be involved in day-to-day operations such as pest monitoring, watering, weeding, and harvesting. We will also teach you how to operate and maintain farm machinery. As an intern at Heart and Soil Farm, you will not be just a laborer in the field but an integral part of all the complex workings of the farm operation.
You will work with the farmers as well as take on independent responsibilities. The schedule varies with the season but some tasks that you can expect to perform are:
• Fieldwork including seeding, transplanting, weeding and tractor work
• Harvesting including picking, washing, sorting and packing
• High tunnel management, including weeding, watering, record-keeping and maintenance
• Interaction with the community through CSA, wholesale distribution and farmers market
• Business management
• Direct marketing and social media
We are not able to accommodate families at this time.
8-10 hours per day with 1-2 days off per week. Days off are usually Sunday and Monday.
Heart and Soil Farm is a family-owned farm in the heart of the Red River Valley. We grow a diversified mix of fruits and vegetables using sustainable, organic practices. We believe that healthy soil grows healthy plants and strive to improve soil fertility through time-honored cultural practices, such as composting, green manures and crop rotation. Since the growing season in North Dakota is brief, we employ carbon-neutral season extending methods, such as high tunnels and cold frames. Our mission is to provide healthy, local foods to our community and teach our children the importance of good land stewardship. When you really get down to it – we just love growing and eating food!