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). This year, we are considering three positions, two focusing on agricultural production and livestock and the third focusing on the farm-to-table movement, though each will have overlapping duties.
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 full immersion in the everyday rigor of farm living.
2014 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 the full summer season (May/June through August/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 and a US Citizen. We hold an Annual Intern Scholarship Dinner near the end of the summer season, 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 meals will be shared with the Berlage women. 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, self motivation, and grace and courtesy. 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