We are accepting applications for 2021 Interns!
We seek to inspire ecologically-minded agriculture & partnership with land & people. Through our developing community orchard & vineyard, we aim to educate in sustainable agriculture while strengthening the health of people & the environment.
Founded in 2016, we have a 40+ acres, including a 5 acre vineyard and over 500 fruit and nut trees and shrubs. In 2018, we began to develop a low environmental impact management plan for the vineyard despite few blueprints for organic or biodynamic vineyards in the midwest. Every year, we have expanded our fruit and nut orchard, including our sweet chestnut. In 2020, we added sheep to help maintain weeds and fertilize the vineyards and orchards.
On the Grounds: Learn about all the aspects of our agroecosystem, including the challenges we face in managing our vineyard organically, how and why we are planting orchards, grazing sheep, and growing a small vegetable garden for our community. Interns will work in the vineyard & orchard providing routine care & management such as planting and mulching trees, vines and shrubs; moving, watering, and caring for the sheep; planting and caring for a vegetable garden.
Around the Island: Work with an Island farm or farm-to-table restaurant learning what’s it like in the day to day behind the scenes of a local food system through hands-on experience.
Weekly Seminars: Reading & Discussion on current issues in agriculture, environmental studies and food studies.
No experience is necessary, though a desire to work outside with plants and animals is a must. This is a very hands-on experience!