Posts Tagged ‘internships’

Thanks to Eddy Gilmore for visiting Stone’s Throw Farm last Sunday and writing about our little farming community in Wrenshall. On his blog, Ed’s Big Adventure, Eddy explains his services as a profiler of interesting people thusly:

What I bring to you is an innate ability to become intensely impassioned for your subject through the lens of a third party with keen observational skills. I am a great conversationalist, will travel out to your location, and will spend hours chatting with or about your subject. The point of this isn’t to merely glean facts, but to find footholds of interest for myself so I may write an engaging story.”

I found his statement to be true — I am not a good conversationalist but I enjoyed talking to Eddy, who seemed genuinely interested. Without taking notes, he got (almost!) all of the details I shared correct and wrote about his experience skillfully. Eddy was generous enough to share a copy of his memoir, The Emancipation of a Buried Man, which I very much look forward to reading — get your own copy here.

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Happiness is a loaf of Dave Hanlon’s homemade bread. Anyone who has experienced it knows what I’m talking about:  it’s the best bread money can’t buy. Sometimes donations will get you a slice or two, though. That’s because Dave — one of the most generous people I know — bakes for some good causes, including a couple of my favorites:  Trust in the Land, which benefits Northern Communities Land Trust, and the Sustainable Farming Association’s Annual Meeting.

I missed Trust in the Land this year, but at the SFA annual meeting last month we got an update on the Duluth Community Farm, a project that has been talked about for a while but might actually happen in the near future. According to the DCF’s website:

The Duluth Community Farm (DCF) is a community based, sustainably developed, urban edge agricultural social enterprise organization devoted to education around food and farming and the cultivation of new farmers.  The long term vision of the Duluth Community Farm consists of a food and agricultural employment incubator and educational site that provides a mix of internships and support for beginning farmers, and education to school age pupils and college students. The DCF is accepting applications for onsite farmers and proposals by interested onsite organizational tenants. Please see www.duluthcommunityfarm.org for more information.”

I’ve heard about Intervale, a farm incubator in Vermont that the DCF is modeling this place after (at least in part), so I was interested to hear that the executive director of the Intervale Center will be at UMD February 18th. I hope to attend.  There are some other good topics in their speaker series on New Food Regionalism, so check it out.

The deadline for applying to be the inaugural farmer at DCF is March 21, 2011. I hope the organizers find the right person to lead the charge.

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I was excited to learn that my friend Karisa is apprenticing at Live Power Farm this season, because she’s an eloquent writer and a fantastic photographer (not to mention a great farmer) and I want to read and see more thoughtful, beautiful stuff about veggie farming at To Milk and Honey! Here’s her take on hakurei turnips — the kind of turnips Stone’s Throw Farm members received in their shares yesterday — and other “new” veggies. I wonder if Shungiku will grow here . . . .

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John, Jane, and Janaki Fisher-Merritt -- farmers extraordinaire

My friends and mentors at the Food Farm were (finally) named Farm Family of the Year at the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) conference this past weekend. Go, Food Farm! (Wild applause!)

I really did learn from the best. You can, too — they’re looking for an intern.

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I got an email the other day from Orion Grassroots Network about new job and internship listings. It brought back a ton of good memories of my first internship at Caretaker Farm in Massachusetts — an internship that I found online almost exactly 3 years ago.

The day we pulled up plastic mulch at Caretaker Farm.

When I first arrived at Caretaker, I didn’t know a radish from a rutabaga, as I believe one of my references told Don, the farmer (thanks, Jeff!). When I left at the end of October, I could plan a week of distribution to 250 farm members, milk a cow, cook a meal from scratch for 5 1/2 hungry farmers in an hour, can tomatoes, hand-weed for 9 hours in one day, pull a garden cart of pumpkins up a hill without breaking a sweat … and it was uphill both ways, let me tell ya. My point is, I learned a ton during those 7 months, and I had a great time. I wish every aspiring farmer could afford to do an internship, because taking that intern position was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Me at the Food Farm. Photo by Karisa Centanni, To Milk and Honey.


If you”re at all interested in learning about farming in the Duluth/Superior area, the Food Farm near Wrenshall is looking for an intern for the 2010 growing season. The Food Farmers are some of the most skilled and knowledgeable farmers I know, and they’re more than generous about sharing their knowledge with interns and other farmers. Just as important, they’re incredibly kind and are somehow able to guide even the most novice of novices so he or she can make a valuable contribution to the farm work and feel good about it.

Another great option that I learned about through Orion is this internship at Philadelphia Community Farm, northeast of the Twin Cities. Besides being a cool farm in general, PCF also helped create a land trust called Standing Cedars Community Land Conservancy. The listing says they’re looking for someone with “a keen interest in agriculture and ecological restoration and in living in a community context.” If that’s you, I say go for it.

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