Ozarks Natural Foods is a 120 acre USDA Certified Organic farm located 6 miles east of Springfield on Farm Road 227. We raise 100% grass-fed Angus beef using mob-grazing techniques, free range heritage Berkshire hogs, and in 2011 we will be adding pasture-raised heritage breed poultry—broilers and layers—largely following the French Label Rouge program. In addition to the livestock, we grow organic fruits and vegetables in our 78 raised bed market garden and in our new 30’ x 90’ high tunnel. We direct market all of our products with a combination of farmers markets, on-farm, and online venues, and are investigating supplying local restaurants and grocery stores. The farm employs one full-time farm manager for the gardens, poultry and hogs, and one part-time employee for the cattle. Our primary goal is to provide the best tasting, highest quality, most nutrient-dense food to local consumers in a sustainable manner. Customer education is a large part of this, as is keeping ourselves abreast of the ever-changing world of organic agriculture.
Interns will be expected to help perform daily chores such as moving and feeding chickens, feeding hogs, collecting and washing eggs, and maintenance of garden beds through weeding and pest control. Weekly duties will include harvesting, washing, and packing produce for markets, and attending the Greater Springfield Farmers Market on Saturday. At least once during the summer season you will have the opportunity to learn how to process broilers chickens on farm, from killing to eviscerating to packaging. Additionally, you will be able to learn the ins and outs of mob grazing with cattle and multi-species grazing techniques. Interested persons should be physically fit (able to lift and carry 50 lb bags, haul buckets of water, endure repetitive weeding and harvesting, etc.), self-motivated, personable, and have a sense of humor.
Compensation & Housing
In return for approximately 40 hours of work each week, interns will receive a hands-on education on an organic farm, and a $200 stipend per month starting the first month. Housing would be in the new metal barn, with a cot, restroom with shower, and small propane cookstove. You will be on your own for meals. There is no air conditioning in the barn.
Length of Internship
Internships will run from May 1 through September 30 (5 months), though arrangements could be made to lengthen or shorten this time period.