Have a passion for animals and plants? Wondering if local and sustainable agriculture might be an ideal lifestyle for you? Looking to stay active and be outdoors this summer? Want to build skills in the farm-to-table movement? If these ideas appeal to you, then a summer internship at North Star Homestead Farms, LLC might be an exciting opportunity for you.
Tucked in the boundaries of the Chequamegon National Forest in northern Wisconsin, North Star Homestead Farms is a model representative of small-scale, intensive, sustainable, humane, and wholesome agricultural practices. Our pursuits include pasture raised poultry, sheep, and hogs, as well as a large market garden for CSA and Farmer’s Markets, honeybees, fruit production, herbs, aquaponics tilapia and produce, and a fully-licensed Farmstead Creamery & Café (which includes food processing, bakery, grocery, and dairy plant). Because this is the Café’s second season, we have an internship position available this summer for an enterprising person who wants to focus on food preparation and customer relation skills related to local, sustainable foods, as well as our farm-oriented positions.
Our focus is on building community, connecting people with the land, maintaining transparency, and giving great service. Owned and operated by three enterprising women, North Star Homestead Farms, LLC offers a constructive environment for personal growth, learning, teamwork, and humor in the everyday rigor of farm living.
2013 is going to be a busy season at the farm, and we are in search of eager hands and positive attitudes to help make this season successful. While previous farm or garden experience isn’t necessary, we’d love to hear your story and why you may be interested in being a part of our farm’s enterprise. We are looking for interns who are available for four months (approx. mid May through mid September), though we are flexible for extenuating circumstances, such as beginning or ending college semesters. Due to changing labor laws, applicants must be 18 years of age or older. A modest stipend is available to interns, but the real value you will receive from this experience is learning-by-doing—building real knowledge and skills in this exciting food and cultural movement.
Accommodating rooms are available in our renovated farm house, and most meals will be shared with the Berlage women. Wi-Fi is available on the farm campus, as well as unlimited long distance phone service (within reason, of course). Our goal is to help you have a fully integrated experience of homestead living. In return, we expect our interns to work eagerly alongside us, to listen to our council and advice, and to practice responsibility and self motivation. Small scale, localized food production offers an environment to gain personal skills that can serve you in any field, including problem solving, public interface, teamwork, leadership, work ethic, and meaningful goals.
We hope that the opportunities available to summer interns at North Star Homestead Farms, LLC are exciting for you, and we would love to talk with you further and introduce you to life on the farm. Please contact us at the above information to receive an internship application, and we are of course happy to take any questions you may have.
Hope to hear from you soon!
Laura, Kara, and Ann Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms, LLC
Kara, Laura, and Ann Berlage
11117N Fullington Rd.
Hayward, WI 54843