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Are you interested in being a key part in growing organic and Biodynamic
vegetables and herbs for over 800 families in the Chicago area? Are you curious
about how a small business can work? Are you interested in learning about
organic vegetable growing? Would you like to learn all of this and still have
some personal time?
Angelic Organics Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, located about 90
miles northwest of Chicago, offers an extraordinary opportunity to enthusiastic,
hard-working individuals who wish to experience farm life and learn organic and
Biodynamic growing methods. Experience is highly valued and additionally
compensated. The internship includes room and board, $300 a month, and workers’
comp. Applicants interested in the full season (late April to mid November)
are prioritized, but summer internships are also available. A cook internship
is also available to qualified individuals interested in providing vegetarian
breakfasts and lunches for the farm team.
Five and a half days a week farm interns learn and perform all hands-on work
associated with growing 25 acres of vegetables and herbs as members of a vibrant
field team. Specific assignments and opportunities include Greenhouse Manager,
Assistant Grower, Field Harvest Assistant, Post Harvest Assistant, and Farm
Landscaping Assistant. In addition to the hands-on work, interns are exposed to
the basics of the farm business through monthly departmental meetings covering
everything from marketing and finances, to machinery and education.
In 1999, Angelic Organics, through the development of a non-profit educational
organization, the CSA Learning Center, will be a key organizer of the Midwest
Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) program. Interns
attend a four day orientation program at the start of their internship at the
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and then continue this training during the
season through monthly workshops at area farms. Numerous other scheduled
opportunities allow interns to visit a wide variety of over 15 farms in the
area, including dairy, grain, small livestock, and vegetable operations.
Angelic Organics was started in 1990 by farm owner John Peterson. Peterson grew
up on the farm and has seen it move from dairy, to grains and now to organic,
Biodynamic vegetables and herbs. The farm now supports 4 year-round staff
members. This creates a dynamic on-farm community, a manageable working
environment, space to experiment with new ideas and provides numerous years of
experience in a variety of areas. The farm is also supported by an amazing
group of supportive shareholders. Interns are encouraged to participate in
regular Core Group shareholder meetings.
For more information, the Angelic Organics Intern Handbook is available on the
web at http://www.AngelicOrganics.com. For a hard copy of the handbook or for
other questions, we can be contacted at mailto:CSA@AngelicOrganics.com; by
phone: 815/389-2746; or mail: 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia, Illinois, 61011.
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