Flower Farm Assistant/Intern
Bardenhagen Berries/Homestead Hill CSA
Employment type: Internship
Job Location: Lake Leelanau, MI
Application Deadline: April 24, 2019
Job Opening: Flower Farm Assistant/Intern
(Field Production; Harvest & Arrange; Market/Delivery)
Bardenhagen Berries is a 180-acre centennial family farm, located in the heart of Leelanau County. It is well known in the community for producing high quality fruit, particularly strawberries and fresh market sweet cherries. With approximately twelve acres of bearing strawberries, thirty acres of cherries (sweet and Balaton), and two+ acres of vegetables and cutflowers (marketed through our Homestead Hill CSA since 2015), the farm represents an opportunity to learn about both diverse production methods and marketing strategies. Depending on the season, around half of what we grow is marketed and consumed locally through direct sales at farmers markets, our roadside farmstand, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), and local wholesale accounts. Other markets include commercial wholesale (fresh market and processing). A 3600 square foot hoophouse is managed primarily to produce tomatoes and cucumbers during summer and an array of salad greens in spring and fall. The farm utilizes integrated pest management for fruit, and organic growing practices for vegetables and cut flowers. The farm is verified by the Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) and is compliant with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). In 2018 a 128-panel solar array was installed to offset 100% electricity of the used on the farm. A team of family, local labor, interns, and migrant seasonal workers are key to the success of the farm.
A team of 2-3 people are needed to support production and harvest of cut-flower crops for Homestead Hill CSA (primarily flowers, but may occasionally include vegetables or fruit crops), as well as assist with wholesale delivery of flowers and/or Farmers Market sales. Examples of activities related to production include soil preparation, planting, weeding, mowing, managing irrigation, mulching, trellising, record keeping (production activities take place daily). Harvesting activities include picking, cutting, sorting, washing & packing, flower arranging, recordkeeping, etc. (harvesting is mainly Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays). Marketing activities include selling at Farmers Markets, and/or assisting with delivery of CSA flower shares and wholesale orders (Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays). There are also a multitude of other miscellaneous jobs. Farm Assistants must be highly motivated, flexible, and able to work both independently and as part of a team. Work may at times be physically strenuous and/or performed in undesirable weather; a worker with good physical health and a positive attitude will perform well in this environment. This position is appropriate for individuals interested in cut-flower production, working outdoors, and being part of a team dedicated to producing high quality produce and cut-flowers. When: Full and part-time employment opportunities are available starting as soon as April and extending as late as October. The standard work day starts at 8 AM, but as early as 7 AM during harvest.
- Willingness to adhere to all worker safety and food safety guidelines.
- Dependable availability during harvest season, on either full-time or part-time basis.
- Previous experience working on a farm is helpful, but not required.
- Good physical health; able to lift 30 lbs and work an eight to ten-hour day.
- Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.
- Detail oriented & pride in the quality of one’s work.
- Ability to clearly communicate & follow verbal and written instructions. Ability to speak Spanish is a plus.
- Driver’s License valid in State of Michigan.
- Previous experience driving tractors and/or operating farm machinery is helpful, but not required.
Negotiable based on previous experience ($10-$14/hr). Possible end of season bonus, based on performance and completion of agreed upon length of internship. Depending on season, free produce is available from the farm for your personal use. Possible on-farm housing available.