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Intern at Great Day Gardens [VA]


Great Day Gardens is a young and tiny operation in suburban Forest, VA run by Michael Grantz and Arden Jones. They are committed to providing fresh, chemical-free, nutritious food to the Lynchburg and Roanoke area while improving ecosystem health and engaging the community in sustainable agriculture. Currently, they grow an acre of vegetables, raise ducks on pasture, and bake sourdough bread in their state-certified home kitchen. They are looking for an individual join them this summer and get a hands-on education in small-scale farming. This position is ideal for students, stay-at-home parents, someone considering sustainable agriculture as a career path, or anyone who wants to gain an understanding of how food is grown.

The intern will be working alongside Michael and Arden in completing regular farm and bakery duties and will share lunch on the farm. They are responsible for their own off-site housing. Position begins in mid-May and goes through August or beyond, depending on the needs of the intern. The intern will work between 20 and 40 hours a week depending on availability, and will receive a small stipend between $300 and $600 monthly.

Duties: Garden work including planting, weeding, harvesting, applying soil amendments, cleaning harvest bins and vegetable washing area. Regular care of ducks including collecting eggs, feeding, watering, cleaning bedding, moving electric fence. Interfacing with customers at farmers market and farm share pick-up. Optional: Bakery work including mixing dough, kneading, shaping loaves, and kitchen cleanup. Work in the bakery will be a small part of the intern’s responsibilities if he/she has an interest in this.

Interns will learn about:

·         Sustainable vegetable production on a small commercial scale.

·         Soil health and the connection between food and the landscape.

·         Direct marketing of locally grown food.

·         Pastured poultry care and egg production.

·         Sourdough cultures and naturally leavened bread.

They are looking for someone who has a lot of energy, a strong interest in sustainable agriculture and healthy food, an open mind, positive attitude, strong work ethic, ability to work long hours in the heat or rain, ability to follow instructions, can communicate well, pays attention to detail, and has a desire to ask questions and learn about the farm system.

If this is you, please send a short note describing why would want to join them, along with your résumé to greatdaygardens@gmail.com. Applications are due March 1, 2016 or until position is filled.