Come visit the farm! We love giving tours to groups of adults, students and kids. Please contact Dayna to set up a time.
We will host regular volunteer days at Laughing Loon Farm, most likely on Sunday afternoon/evenings and one other day per week. Come get your hands dirty, soak up some sun, meet your neighbors and grab some delicious veggies.
Paid Positions at Laughing Loon Farm (Internship positions have been filled)
Laughing Loon Farm will be hiring for multiple positions for the 2013 season. To apply, put the position title in the subject line and email your resume and cover letter (include your story, a favorite recipe and a good joke!) in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed as they are accepted, so don’t delay!
Laughing Loon Farm is a small-scale, diversified farm located 1 mile south of Northfield, MN. We use sustainable methods to grow vegetables, flowers, and microgreens for over 20 restaurants and cafes in Northfield and the Twin Cities area. Laughing Loon will be hiring for multiple positions for the 2013 growing season: 2 full time farm interns for the summer (May through early September) and multiple part time harvest crew members (mid July through fall).
Summer Farm Internship (Positions have been filled as of 2/27/13)
This internship will be a good fit for someone who wants to explore farming as a vocation, is excited about performing difficult physical labor for long hours, learning all aspects of sustainable vegetable farming, and bringing special skills and talents to the operation. Specific responsibilities will vary depending on the time of year and will include caring for our wide variety of crops, harvesting, implementing season extension techniques, planning farm events, and updating our Twitter and Facebook accounts as well as our blog. Preference will be given to applicants who have previous farm experience and/or mechanical/construction skills but it’s not necessary.
The two summer interns will begin in May and finish in early September, but accommodations for a flexible start date may be made in the case of exceptional candidates. The work schedule will also vary. Before harvesting begins in the spring, we’ll work Monday through Friday, generally 9am to 6pm with a 30-45 minute lunch break. Once harvesting begins, we’ll work M-F, with occasional work on Saturdays. Hours will vary depending on the weather and tasks — sometimes we’ll start at the crack of dawn in order to harvest before it gets too hot! The bottom line: we value flexibility! Stipend is $7.25 per hour (subject to taxes) and benefits include free coffee and produce, lunch, and the occasional post-work happy hour if you’re of age.
Experience and Skills
- Interest in sustainable agriculture as a vocation
- Let me be blunt: You’ve got to be interested in learning how to farm as a career for this internship, trust me. The work is way too hard for way too little money (even though you will be making more than most farmers) if you’re just looking for a summer job. This is real vegetable farming, meaning long days, stoop labor, sore backs, and permanently dirty hands/feet/knees. However, it’s also fresh air and sunshine all day, real, bulls#$t-free work, a fun work environment, a sense of accomplishment, and my commitment to help you get your own farm started if you choose this life. If you’re on the fence, contact me and I’ll put you in touch with one of my returning workers and they’ll give you a good idea of the position.
- Ability to lift up to 50 pounds repeatedly, wake up early, and do physical labor in all kinds of weather
- Excellent communication skills, good attitude, and pleasant demeanor
- Again, let me be blunt: You have to be able to give and receive feedback without drama. All of my workers at some point or another have been told they need to work faster, work smarter, be more detail oriented, etc. On the flip side, you need to commit to giving me your honest feedback about the work, my and my assistant manager’s communication skills, and if you have an idea about how to improve something on the farm. My goal is to create a workplace that uses open and honest communication and is 100% free of passive-aggressiveness.
- Be self-directed and reliable (show up on time!)
- Possess a valid drivers license
Harvest Crew Members
Harvest crew members will work with LLF’s farmer and assistant manager to harvest crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans. You must be available to work Mondays AND Thursdays, dawn til dusk. The majority of the work will be harvesting, but there will be opportunities to work more hours doing a wide variety of other farm tasks on other days of the week. There isn’t an educational component to this job so it might be suited for someone who isn’t interested in farming as a career, but it will be just as physically challenging as the farm internship position. Pay starts at $8/hr (subject to taxes) and benefits include free coffee and produce, lunch, and the occasional post-work happy hour if you’re of age.
To apply, email your resume and cover letter (include your story, a favorite recipe and a good joke!) in PDF format to email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed as they are accepted, so don’t delay!