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Company/Organization: Big Head Farm


hank you for your interest in the local, alternative food movement and organic practices. Below is a brief outline of the program details you may expect when interning at Big Head Farm. It is very hard work, sometimes from sun-up to sun-down. But we have a very fun staff and work environment for balance. Big Head Farm is a small organic blueberry/vegetable CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) based farm with an Apple Orchard linked to the business as well. There are two intern positions available. In the Job Description you see the outline of what is required of you. Below are some aspects & Key Topics of the internship that will give you a diversified experience.
- Farm Financial Planning & Management
- Yearly Crop Rotations
- Monitoring the Health of the Farm and Ecosystem
- Marketing Farm Products & Value-Added Products
- Crop Disease Identification, Handling & Safety
- CSA a 360 Degree Look
- Community Meals
- Outings to other Farms / Community Gardens
- Regularly Scheduled Goals & Expectations Meetings
- Daily Planning Meetings
What you see above are areas of interest we have selected from our projected daily tasks through the season. When we speak with you more in-depth, if there are other areas of learning you would like to focus on, we can definitely adjust the program to fit your area of interest.


JOB TITLE: Internship / Apprentice
LOCATION/S: Farm: Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Orchard: Coloma, MI 49038
JOB PURPOSE: Working closely with the farmers and field hands, interns will be involved in all aspects of the growing process, CSA packaging, field maintenance, record keeping, and expected to interact with the public in a knowledgeable and respectful manner both on and off the farm. It is challengingly fun work that gives you the opportunity to work with a small group of people who share a passion for self-sustainable farming and good food.
Manually plant/transplant
Seed Sowing
Bed Preparation
Harvest Vegetables & Fruits
Use hand tools such as Shovels, Trowels, Hoes, Knives, Clippers
Tilling and Weeding Soil
Thinning/ Pruning Crops
Cleaning and Packing Produce
Process Blueberries at a line
Process apples and apple cider making
Grade Fruits and Vegetables
Participate in Daily Task Meeting
Participate in Bi-Weekly Goals Meeting


Physical Strength / Stamina
-Demonstrates ability to perform job functions for scheduled shifts.
-Average of 45/hrs weekly, and ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
Team Player
-Ability to work well with others, take direction, and seamlessly move from one task to another, wherever needed.
Individual Strength
-Can work efficiently and complete a task once instructed how to do so, and express ability to understand directions and see how they relate to the bigger picture.
A Want to Learn
-Expresses a desire to understand self-sustainable organic farming and its direct relationship with the environment, local economies, & the alternative food movement.
-Willingness to ask questions, comprehend and complete assigned field tasks. Open minded to “seeing a better way” and speaking up, without taking too much liberty.
-Ability to be open to communication both ways regarding your goals through the program and our training style to better serve your expectations with the internship.



Ability to lift 50+ lbs.
Climb apple ladders up to 12’
Thin fruit from trees
May pick fruit according to size, grade, color
Exercise care to prevent bruising or breakage of fruit/trees
Employer may offer but not require workers to work additional hours
Work day start/end times may vary depending upon weather /crop conditions
Care for pest/disease control during growing season
Process apples and separate by grade
May run apple cider press, fill cider jugs, and adorn with appropriate labeling.


May hand pick blueberries, according to size, grade, & color
May stand long periods of time at cleaning, sorting, and/or packing line.
Exercise care not to damage blueberries while handling and processing.
May fold many boxes according to orders and adorn with appropriate labeling.

Paid Internship Info:

stipend, determined in interview


40 hrs week



Start Date:

02 JUN 2014

End Date:

31 MAY 2014, 26 SEPT 2014

31 MAY 2014
Additional Info:
Big Head Farm is Organic USDA Certified. You will have to abide by the standards, which will be clearly visible and accessible around the farms.

Big Head Farm is looking for individuals who demonstrate care for the environment and the local food movement, as well as care for their on-going education through the program.

Big Head Farm has been well established for 5 years now starting out a small farm owned by Jody and Karen Warner. As the fields grow, so does the business and at an exceedingly well rate. Be a part of the team and see what we can grow together.

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