Want to learn about local, sustainable agriculture?
In the past we have offered seasonal internships, however due to insurance obstacles we are no longer able to offer them.
Internships should be available to offer hands-on experience living and working on our farm by caring for the animals, tending to the garden, orchards and greenhouse, participating in on-farm research, interacting with customers, processing poultry, helping us develop new products, and much more. However, the legal definition of an employee vs. and internship makes virtually all farming internships illegal, a sad state of affairs to say the least.
We thank your past interns for their dedication to learning which has always been the cornerstone of our farm.
Marcie Powers and Phylicia Christiansen, summer 2011. Marcie worked with Cindy at the UMD Sustainable agriculture project and Phylicia was her roommate. Upon graduating they wanted a fun and challenging experience while they looked for that future direction. They came knowing nothing about farming but left being foodie converts! Marcie is living in Virginia working as a college admissions officer and Phylicia lives in Florida with her husband working with community organizations that support non-violence.
Leif Olson and Emily Wartman, summer 2012, worked for Cindy’s research projects at UMD in 2009, and a year of wondering, what next, lead them to Clover Valley Farms. Now, Emily works as a environmental educator with Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth, where May gets to see here every summer at Aquarium Camp! Leif is pursuing graduate school in Colorado with his ultimate goal of getting into Med School and becoming a rural community General Practitioner…he’ll be great!
Kristin Moen, summer 2013, came with no experience farming but dreams of a future where she could help the world be more healthy. As the summer progressed she began to refine her vision to urban planning, and urban food system were a part of that. She recently completed a yearlong AmeriCorps position with the Fond Du Lac Band of Ojibwe working with their energy conservation program and is now living and working in Germany. You can check out her blog of the summer she spent with us as well as her new blog called Urban Soul comparing transportation and lifestyle choices made by the US, Germany and Denmark,
Brian Holda & Cara Schwartz, summer 2014, arrived May 28th from North Carolina and were thrust headlong into helping us deconstruct a greenhouse, the parts of which will be used by 5 families for new projects (smaller greenhouses, sheds, sun porch and even a small cabin!) They have been farming in various location and now wanted to relocate to Minnesota to look for land and put down roots. As of October 2014, they have found a nice little cabin near Two Harbors to spend the winter at while they continue their search for land and destiny in Minnesota!