ARe you interested in FArming, Ranching or

Local Food Systems?

FARRMS offers hands-on internships on ND farms.

FARRMS has filled our internship slots for 2020. Contact aandersson@farrms.org to be notified of internship opportunities in 2021.

Internship 2020

FARRMS is here to help you explore opportunities, gain skills and build connections within sustainable agriculture in North Dakota. During a 20 week field-based internship, interns will be matched with a host farm that matches their own interests and aspirations. Interns will learn technical skills such as vegetable production, animal husbandry, marketing, and much more! Internships will begin May 18th, 2020 and conclude on October 5th, 2020. The end date of internships are flexible to accommodate students returning to school in the fall.

 

In addition to learning in the field, interns will tour other farms in North Dakota and engage with literature on sustainable agriculture and local food systems through weekly discussions with other interns. 

 

Orientation: FARRMS provides program orientation to both host farmers and interns prior to the start of the internship on April 25th, 2020.

 

Stipends: Stipends are provided for this learning experience. Reports about the learning experience will be submitted by interns to receive stipends. 

 

If you are passionate about sustainability and local food systems, have a willingness to learn and a have a commitment to hard work - an exciting learning opportunity awaits! 

  •  Ideal Intern Candidates will:

    • Possess a strong interest and passion in farming as a career

    • Be willing to work hard and able to complete tasks in a timely manner regardless of
      the weather

    • Be flexible, positive members of a team and community 

    • Show timeliness and attention to detail 

    • Work creatively to solve problems 

    • Be excited to learn about the sustainable agriculture and food justice movements 

    • Possess strong physical labor skills (e.g. squat, sit, stand, bend, lift, walk, carry 

    • Possess the ability to both follow and give directions, seek assistance 

    • Be willing to work early morning hours, evening hours and weekends; in all weather conditions  

    • Be able to have a productive and learning relationship with others on the farm.

    • Possess a good attitude, even when performing mundane and routine tasks. 

Host Farms 2020

Nurtured Plains Farm

2020 Internship Host Farms 

We are excited to announce the following farms as host farms:

 

Nurtured Plains Farm - Moorhead, MN

Nurtured Plains Farm is a small-scale market farm growing a variety of vegetables and herbs for the Fargo-Moorhead community. Nurtured Plains Farm focuses on growing high value and quick season crops in order to take advantage of our short growing season. We are working to increase the presence of local food in this community by entering into new markets, such as hospitals and other institutions. We aim to do this through focusing on long-term soil health and proper management of land. We operate organically without having certification. We aim to use as few inputs as possible, minimize soil disturbance, and caring for the soil biology.

 

Heart and Soil Farm - Grandin, ND

Heart and Soil Farm is a small-scale vegetable farm that uses organic practices and has been in operation since 2012.  The farm is 13 acres and roughly 2-5 acres are in production each year.  The majority of our production is in vegetables and we have a small apple orchard of 20 trees that will begin to produce fruit in the next few seasons.  We also sell eggs to local restaurants from chickens raised on the farm.  The farm is 25 miles north of the Fargo-Moorhead area and we have been very active in the local foods movement there for the past 8 years.  Our market channels have been through a CSA, farmers market and wholesale.  In 2020 we will be stepping back from the CSA to focus on a few larger farm projects and well as some community projects but will continue the farmers market and wholesale sales.  

The farm’s location between Fargo and Grand Forks, two of the largest cities in ND, provide ample opportunities for community engagement which is an important part of our farm.  Heart and Soil Farm exists not only to provide produce for our community but also as a place to learn and engage people around local foods, farming and the environment.  We regularly host events, farm tours, education days with local colleges and the extension and speak at events throughout the state about the needs of small-scale, sustainable growers. 

We’ve been fortunate to host interns on our farm and have been able to provide experience in hands-on farming, marketing, equipment maintenance, community engagement, self-guided projects, livestock management with chickens, orchard maintenance, high tunnel building and record-keeping.  Our past interns have become part of the farm family; we still keep in touch with all of them and continue to talk about food, growing practices and provide advice.  

Heart and Soil Farm is not unique in terms on small-scale farming but in the Red River Valley, we are one of the few small-scale farms in our area on the ND side of the Red River.  We are beginning our 8th year of operation and have continued to use organic practice and work with our neighbors to try and protect those production practices in the heart of conventional agriculture farmland.  We spend a lot of time working with local foods, organizations involved in local foods and other small-scale farms in our area to help new and emerging farmers be successful as well as work with farming organizations and occasionally lawmakers to help find solutions to new and emerging growers in ND.  Heart and Soil Farm is, for us, more than a vegetable farm, it is a place to build community.  The farm is not certified organic but we have always used organic practices which do not include any synthetic fertilizers or chemicals.  We work to attract beneficial insects through plant/flower selection as well as tolerance of some weeds and allowing certain parts of the farm to return to its more natural state to better promote biodiversity.  The focus on good soil health management practices are important to us and we use time-honored practices such as composting, cover crop, crop rotation and are continually working on ways to minimize tillage.  Environmental health is one of the reasons we decided to farm and we are always striving to lessen our negative impact on the environment, especially through our selection of inputs and materials use.  https://www.heartandsoilfarm.com

 

Bear Creek Winery - Fargo, ND

Founded as a family business in 2003, Bear Creek is one of the original wineries in the Red River Valley. They produce cold climate grapes and their capacity to produce fine wine. They specialize in dry blends, both red and white using cold climate hardy grapes that can survive our harsh Northern winters. Their unique hybrid grape varieties are characterized by the cold hardiness of the local ancient river grapes and the excellent fruit qualities of the traditional grapes. Their hope is to promote innovative viticulture and wine making techniques that involve traditional methods to enhance all aspects of the industry. The property is 42 acres and has 2000 grapevines (40 unique varieties), a tasting room, a wine production site, an organic garden, and a 9 hole golf course. As of now, Bear Creek has three full time employees and around ten part time employees. 1. Location: Bear Creek is located just outside the city limits of Fargo. This makes the farm accessible to those living in the Fargo Moorhead area. 

2. Research winery: Bear Creek Winery is a research winery meaning we conduct various viticultural and winemaking experiments/studies on site. This creates an educational atmosphere for interns. They are encouraged to assist in ongoing studies, and possibly even conduct their own. 

3. Knowledgeable/passionate mentors: the head winemaker at Bear Creek has been making wine for 25 years and has been growing grapes for nearly 20 years. He has trained his son for 15 years in the art of making wine. Together, their passion for North Dakota wine has led them to relentless research on the subject which they love to share with others. Bear Creek aims for a sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle in nearly every aspect of the wine-making, in the tasting room, and in vineyard maintenance. A few ways that Bear Creek is sustainable is by recycling wine bottle, using organic weed management practices in the vineyard, using compost for fertilizer, creating low intervention wines, and using up-cycled furniture and decor throughout the property. We also increase biodiversity by stocking the ponds with fish, planting a wide variety of trees, (flower, herb, and vegetable) gardens. And finally, all watering we do comes from on-site ponds.  

 

Dakota College Farm - Bottineau, ND

DCB Farm is a demonstration and educational farm located at Dakota College at Bottineau that raises a variety of vegetable crops which are sold to our campus cafeteria and to the public. The Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture started DCB Farm in 2010. The farm includes three greenhouses, seven high tunnels and is over half an acre spread out over campus. One of our greenhouses is set up for aquaponics, another for CBD Hemp, and our main greenhouse is where our tropical and succulent collections reside and is where we start all of our bedding and vegetable plants. Our main goal is to provide educational opportunities and demonstrate farming methods. We focus on different sustainable methods in our different plots such as cover cropping, crop rotation, no-till, deep mulch, composting, compost tea, vermicomposting, aquaponics, and using biochar.

 

Aspen Hills Farm - Bottineau, ND

Aspen HIlls Farm main crop is forage, hemp and some vegetables and fruit. I have had this farm for 40 years.  It is approximately 400 acres of which 120 acres are forage and 10 acres of specialty crop. The farm began hemp CBD production in 2019.  It is a small farm that is rather labor intensive and partners with DCB on aquaponics and hemp production. Our forage system relies on many types of forages that provide great soil health. Most of the land has minimal tillage, with good erosion protection and agroforesty practices are incorporated in the farm's landscape. 

 

Stable Days Youth Ranch - Grand Forks, ND

Stable Days Youth Ranch is a 501(c)(3), founded in 2011, with a focus on agritourism and education through field trips, family events, student groups,  and one-on-one mentoring for area youth.  We teach ethical, small-scale farm practices, social and cultural impacts of food systems and valued farm/ranch skills. Participants at SDYR have access to activities that will teach them about food; where it comes from, how it's grown, who has access to it, who doesn’t and why. By raising their level of respect for the art of small-scale farming youth will be encouraged to ponder ideas of stewardship and sustainability. 

Mentors/Interns demonstrate a strong work ethic, and valuable social and communication skills. Through our mentors, youth are taught how to grow food for themselves and their neighbors. They learn how access to ethically grown produce affects their personal wellness and the wellness of the communities they live in.  These lessons help them determine their roles in future food issues and empower them to engage, even as youth, in initiatives that will impact their quality of life now and in years to come.

In 2019, we served over 800 participants through our events.  Additionally, we worked with 5 UND interns, 4 FARRMS interns, and over 400 community volunteers. Suffering through both spring and fall flooding, we saw decreases in the pounds of produce donated and the number of volunteers and agritourism opportunities.

As a farm/ranch our focus is not on production but education and engagement.  We are open to the public, serving youth through our mentoring programs, and facilitating volunteer opportunities for our community members. We engage in the following practices for stewardship and sustainability:  rotation of growing areas, use of heirloom seeds, natural pest management, mulching, composting, hand and small tool weed control, areoponics, and no till. 

 

Rognerud Farms - Grand Forks, ND

We are a produce farm focused on high intensity growing. We have been operating 6 years on 1.5 acres and will double to 3 acres this spring. We focus on sustainable practices and innovation. We use mainly use hand tools, organic practices, and soil conservation techniques. 

 

Growing Together Community Gardens - Fargo, ND

Growing Together is a Community Garden organization. We manage 6 gardens in Fargo as well as help with startups of other community gardens. We also have a produce market. 2020 will be our 14 year in existence. In November 2019 we became a 501c3. Our gardens collectively occupy 2.14 acres. Production in 2018 equaled 65,000 pounds. Our model is very unique as our we share with the volunteers who work weekly in our gardens. Many of our families are new Americans who have recently settled in Fargo.

 

Farm in the Dell - Moorhead, MN 

We are a 30 acre nonprofit farm that provides employment for individuals with special needs. We have been in operation for 8 years as an organization and have operated this farm for 4 of those years. Last year we hired 21 people with disabilities and filled 84 CSA shares. We plan to be growing vegetables, strawberries, misc. products for CSA shares, and producing honey. Our farm is used as a community interactive base for integration of people with developmental disabilities and the community. Everybody who participates learns about growing practices and learns a deeper appreciation and understanding for people with special needs. Our farm is not advertised as organic, and makes each decision with its practices in regards to the the long term effects that it will have on beneficial pollinators, the soil, etc. Currently, our farm practices crop rotation and companion planting as preventative measures. We hope to investigate cover crops and beneficial insects this season. 

 

Hiddendale Farm - Turtle Lake, ND

Hiddendale Farm is a family operation on land homesteaded in 1901.  The farm operated as a dairy until 2012.  Today the farm has a cow-calf operation consisting of 60-70 cows, with certified organic acres dedicated to certified organic vegetable, vegetable seed, and as of 2020, certified organic CBG hemp production.  The farm has had some acres certified organic since 2016.   Vegetables sold as organic include squash, onions, carrots, and herbs.  Vegetable seeds produced as certified organic include more than one variety of squash, cucumber, tomato, and ground cherry.  The farm also has several flower gardens.  Two native species, the prairie turnip and Echinacea, have been harvested in pasture that is certified organic and will be raised for seed. Two pastures have been converted to cell grazing, one in 2016, and the other in 2019.  One additional area will be fenced properly for cell grazing in 2020.  The farm is roughly 700 acres with additional land rented for cutting hay. Hiddendale Farm is one of very few farms with certified organic acres in North Dakota.  One must travel a long distance to visit another farm where vegetables and flowers are grown for seed.  Cattle are part of the farming operation which integrates not only manure, but hoof action into the environment.  The experiences at Hiddendale Farm are more inclusive for an experience of livestock, horticulture, and crop production.  Hiddendale Farm grows unique plants, which require care and non-traditional means of harvest and processing.  As of today, I do not know of another grower of CBG hemp in North Dakota.  

 

Family Roots Farm - Christine, ND

Family Roots Farm is a small, diverse farm situated on 15 acres of land along the Red River just South of Fargo. We currently produce: fruit/veggies, bees/honey, livestock (pigs, meat chickens, laying hens, lambs), and preserved goods. Our farm is VERY diverse, and continues to diversify each year with the goal to sustain farming activity throughout the entire year, not just during the peak 'growing' season. We are a 'trial & error' type farm - we are not afraid to jump in head first with new ideas, try them out, and figure out what works and what needs revamping. We are also a brand new farm - everything on our farm has been established in the last 2 years, which means we are much like a blank pallet...room for new ideas and growth!

For us, sustainability means focusing on how our ancestors farmed this land and how we can bring those practices back into modern day agriculture. We form relationships with our animals, treating them like family, providing them with many items grown right on our farm. We practice free-ranging with our laying hens, ducks and guineas, we use the manure in our fields, provide pasture area for our animals, and focus on growing heritage varieties of produce. We also strive to find ways to incorporate modern techniques without losing our connection with the land and animals. We are also learning more and more every day about new ways to make our farm thrive.

Heart and Soil Farm

Bear Creek Winery

Dakota College of Bottineau Farms

Aspen Hills Farms

Stable Days Youth Ranch

Rognerud Farms 

Growing Together 

Community Gardens 

Farm in the Dell

Hiddendale Farm

Family Roots Farm 

TESTIMONIALS

"I plan on staying in close contact with the agriculture community and working to try and improve the food system and access to clean, healthy food. I enjoy agricultural work because of the instant satisfaction it can supply in many tasks and look forward to continue growing both literally and figuratively."

FARRMS Intern, 2019

"Food is what unites us as human beings. This is a lens into how it is produced and enables you to learn skills and characteristics about yourself that you never knew existed." 

FARRMS Intern, 2019

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