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Farmhand - 9 Bean Rows Farm, Suttons Bay, MI

9 Bean Rows ­Farm

9000 E. Duck Lake Road

Suttons Bay, MI 49682

Contact(s): Charles Defever (Farm Manager); Nic Welty (Owner)

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Phone: 231­271­6658

Website: and on Facebook

General Description: 9 Bean Rows is a diverse food business located in Suttons Bay, Michigan. A farm, bakery and restaurant help accomplish the company’s mission of increasing the availability of locally grown and handcrafted artisan foods year round. The farm produces a wide variety of seasonal vegetable crops for distribution to CSA members, farmers’ markets, farm­to­school, and the restaurant. The farm is in the process of becoming certified organic and has always used sustainable practices, emphasizing no­till management of the soil and season extension techniques.

Position: Farmhand

Brief Position Description: A small team of Farmhands are guided by the Farm Manager to execute daily tasks and achieve weekly goals related to vegetable production. Farmhands assist in preparing seedbeds, planting and seeding, managing weeds, making minor irrigation and hoophouse repairs, and harvesting. Farmhands are expected to listen carefully to detailed task instructions and understand the significance of the task to the overall farm, such that they may execute tasks with precision and care. Work may at times be physically strenuous and/or performed in undesirable weather; a worker with good physical health and a steady, positive attitude will perform well in this work environment. This position is appropriate for individuals interested in food production, regular exercise in the outdoors and the aesthetic of clean fields and beautiful produce. The Farm Manager will work with the Farmhand to achieve any personal learning goals for the season, to satisfy internship requirements and/or for personal growth.

Desired Qualifications:

Previous farming or gardening experience, good physical health, able to lift 50 lbs and work a 10­ hour day, attention to detail, pride in the quality of one’s work, ability to clearly communicate

Compensation: $8.50­10/hr, based on experience. Limited bread and vegetables. Potential housing.

When: Farmhands are most needed during the traditional growing season, from April to November. However, this is flexible; for example, we understand students will need to return to fall classes in late August. A full­time commitment of several months is desired. The standard work week will be consistent, with four ten-hour days.

To apply: Email a cover letter describing your interest in farming (both in general and specifically with 9 Bean Rows) along with a resumé to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Upon receiving the email, we will contact you for a preliminary telephone interview, at which time you are encouraged to ask further questions about the position. Applications are welcome ­ and positions may be filled ­ at any time, though applications submitted after March 6th cannot be guaranteed consideration for employment during the 2015 season.

Sustainable Food Systems Intern - Senna Prairie Farm, Ann Arbor, MI

About us:

Senna Prairie Farm began as one University of Michigan graduate’s effort to put family land to productive and ecological use. In May of 2012, two four-season hoop houses were erected in a green, rolling meadow off North Maple Road to an audience of wildlife and enthusiastic volunteers. Since then, the 41-acre property has been dedicated to sustainable, chemical-free food production and the preservation of native flora and fauna. Our wooded upland habitat and seasonal wetlands provide cover for a multitude of species, including sandhill cranes, wild turkeys, deer, quail and threatened amphibians.

Our passive solar hoop houses allow us to grow fresh vegetables throughout the winter months, relying on only the sun’s energy to keep our greens growing. We operate a small CSA, participate in farmers’ markets, and cater to local farm-to-table restaurants.

Responsibilities and on-site training:

  • Hands-on farm tasks such as tilling, planting, weeding, harvesting and packing. You will learn to prepare seedbeds, build a crop plan, transplant seedlings, identify ideal harvesting conditions and prepare produce from field to market.
  • Farm-to-table marketing. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with friendly farm customers and educate the public at a farmers’ market.
  • The economics of sustainable farming. We maintain transparent accounts of seasonal expenses and gross yield numbers. We will be implementing a controlled seasonal business plan and measuring its effectiveness. Net profits will be shared with interns.
  • The ecology of agriculture. In addition to growing vegetables, we will be propagating native Michigan plant species, conducting on-site biological studies, and learning environmentally-friendly pest control methods.

You should bring:

  • Access to reliable transportation. We are located about five miles from campus.
  • Seasonal outdoor work clothes and rugged shoes or boots. We will be outside and getting dirty!
  • Water bottle and a snack.
  • A desire to learn about sustainable food systems and native ecology.


  • $8.15/hr, plus weekly produce and college credit (with prior arrangement through U of M internship or independent study). Expect to work 15-20 hours per week.

This opportunity is open to current students and recent graduates. Please contact Joe Varkle (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and include your questions, goals and availability.

Internship with Brightmoor Youth Garden

Brightmoor Youth Garden is looking for (unpaid, but with room and board) interns for the spring and summer of 2015. Work with kids from Brightmoor in their market garden. Help them grow, harvest and sell veggies at market. Help with greenhouse transplant production, field trips, volunteer days, cooking lessons, making value added products and more. Help the Brightmoor Artisan's Cooperative and Community KItchen develop their programs for children, such as the Kid's Cafe.

For more info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Assistant Farmers Market Manager - City Of Ann Arbor Farmers Market

Job Description

Nature of Work: Assist market manager in the operation of the Saturday Market assignment of stalls: Includes walkout, placement of yearly vendors, and assignment of stalls to daily producers and artisans in the allotted time before market opens. Help keep the office and restrooms clean and neat, answer all questions, and answer the phone. Write out daily rent receipts for vendors, collect fees for the day, and other related administrative tasks. Collect basic data regarding sales and customer dynamics at the market. Aid Market Manager in coordinating volunteers and organizing and managing special events at market. Oversee daily market operations in the absence of Market Manager. Administer the EBT program at the Saturday and Wednesday market. Tasks related to this may include, but are not limited to, managing a credit card terminal that transmits EBT transactions, promoting the use of Food Stamps at the market, completing daily post-market reconciliations of EBT and credit card transactions. The Assistant Market Manager will be responsible for our Wednesday Evening Market Operations in addition to support responsibilities for our daytime markets.

Educational Value

Direct food system experience working with local growers, artisans and chefs. Opportunity to learn extensively about food assistance programs and how they operate at farmers markets. Management experience and event programming experience will be gained.

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications: Must have strong communication skills, knowledge of office procedures, pleasant personality, ability to get along with vendors and the public. Ability to learn and adapt to hectic surroundings and assignments. Ability to work with minimum supervision, and use most office equipment. Ability to work outdoors in extreme weather, standing and walking for long periods of time. CPR/AED and First Aid certification required by start of employment. Desirable Qualifications: Experience in the area of farmers markets and/or knowledge of local food systems and issues.

Hours: 15.0-29.0 hours per week

Compensation: $12.90/hour

Start Date/End Date: Sunday, March 01, 2015/Wednesday, December 30, 2015

To apply, contact Sarah DeWitt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call (734) 794-6255.

Apprenticeship - Hand Sown Farm (Manchester, MI)

Internship Starts: May

Internship Ends: Sept

Number of Interns: 4

Application Deadline: March 1st

Minimum Length of Stay: 5 months

Internship Details: This is an intensive farming experience for anyone who is passionate about sustainable food production. Apprentices will be immersed in all aspects of the farm’s daily and seasonal operations. The season will include a variety of work with greenhouse transplants, bed preparation, field planting, weed control, pest identification and control, harvesting, marketing, tool maintenance, hoop house production, time management, volunteer coordination, record keeping, etc. Candidates interested in operating their own small farm someday are preferred. Hours will vary, but can be expected to be between 40-60 hours each week depending on the time of year. At least one full day off will be set aside every week. 

Skills Desired: We are looking for passionate, self-motivated folks that have a serious interest in all aspects of a market garden farm. Apprentices should have at least one season of prior experience working on an organic vegetable farm and a passion for working outdoors in all types of weather. Apprentices will work closely with returning staff and the farm manager at first but will be expected to be able to work independently as the season goes on. We work hard but have fun while doing it! We look for candidates with high energy and a positive attitude and take pride in their work. Our farm is small and so we are dependent on each member of the farm team to be fully engaged and committed to the season’s goals. We are looking for applicants with excellent communication skills, passion for physical labor, great attention to detail in all aspects of work, and great people skills. Experience working at a farmer’s market is a major plus. 

Compensation: Paid monthly stipend commensurate with experience and includes produce, housing, utilities. Rustic private housing available. Apprentices will have a private yurt or private space in the loft . A composting toilette outhouse, solar water shower and outdoor kitchen are used communally. Laundry is not included. 

In addition to getting hands-on experience with a market garden style farm, apprentices will have the opportunity to delve deeper into issues related to organic agriculture through weekly study group. Topics may include: planning, seed ordering, seed saving, soil basics, compost, pest management, marketing, business planning, etc. Field trips to neighboring farms will be planned twice per month.

To Apply: Please send resume, two references and a statement of purpose to Megan DeLeeuw at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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