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Bellwether Farm Internships: Sustainable Farm Intern & Culinary Intern

Description of Bellwether Farm: 
Bellwether Farm is a camp, retreat, and education center owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio. The farm operation at Bellwether began in 2018. We have 1.5 acres under intensive, year-round vegetable production (market garden style), including a movable hoop house, and a greenhouse. We also have 100 egg laying chickens in a mobile coop, a small flock of sheep and goats on pasture, and last year raised pastured meat chickens and turkeys. We have honey bees, a small orchard, and a small maple syrup operation.  
 
We use only sustainable, organic, and regenerative farm methods to build community and grow food for multiple outlets. We also provide farm-based education and programming. All who come to Bellwether experience the farm and see the produce in the dining hall where it is featured in each meal. Extra produce is displayed for guests to purchase on their way out. We are also members of a small farmers’ co-op where we sell our produce.  During the pandemic, summer camp and retreat operations were not possible.  Therefore, the majority of the farm’s 2020 and 2021 harvest was shared with parish throughout the diocese to use in their food distribution programs that served limited resource consumers. 
 
In 2022, traditional summer camp will resume (from mid-June through July), which will provide campers experience with organic gardening, animal care, and creative cooking. 
 
Sustainable Farm Intern:  
  • Some knowledge of and a strong passion for regenerative food systems, sustainable agriculture, ecological farming, permaculture, animal husbandry, healthy foods, homesteading, and community-building  
  • Physically able to lift 50 lbs., stand for 8+ hours, and willing to work in extreme weather conditions including heat, rain, and wind  
  • At least eight (8) weeks commitment is preferred 
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:  
  1. Perform fieldwork including, among other things, seed starting, direct sowing, transplanting, weed management, pest management, irrigation, harvesting, post-harvest preparation and storage
  2. Animal chores such as collecting/washing eggs, mucking out stall/coop, sanitizing food and water containers, feeding and moving animals.
  3. Safe operation of farm equipment and machinery.  
  4. Maintain and update paperwork to record tasks completed.  
  5. Communicating goals and participating in feedback sessions with fellow crew members. 
  6. Assistance with supervising farm volunteers, including education of visitors and group participants. 
Culinary Intern:
The Culinary Intern works directly with the chef and collaboratively with the farmer and farm interns to produce healthy, balanced, nutritious, attractive, and appetizing meals. We fully embrace and strive to embody the farm-to-table model. The internship will help develop the culinary skills of the participant by utilizing a variety of cooking methods in meal preparation. Interns will also learn plating, presentation, and overall hospitality management as we attend to the needs of our guest from arrival to departure.  ServSafe standards will be discussed and observed. 
 
Other responsibilities include:
  1. Participation in feedback sessions with fellow crew members. 
  2. Assistance with supervising farm volunteers, including education of visitors and group participants. 
Qualifications:
  • Passionate about health food preparation, interested in professional food service standards, and committed to high level hospitality management.
  • Good interpersonal skills and functions well as a team member.
  • Physically able to stand for 8+ hours and lift at least 25 lbs.
  • Previous kitchen experience preferred, although not required.
Compensation (for both Farm and Culinary Internships) and other information: 
Internships are unpaid and can range from 6 to 10 weeks.  Summer internship funding (or academic credit) may be available from college or university.  Housing (with kitchen) is provided, in addition to kitchen access and meals when the dining room is open.  The house has been thoroughly cleaned and all staff interactions will be COVID-compliant.  There will also be opportunities during the internship to experience one’s own sense of spirituality and vocation.
 
Compensation and other information: 
Internships are unpaid.  Housing (with kitchen) is provided, in addition to kitchen access and meals when the dining room is open.  The house has been thoroughly cleaned and all staff interactions will be COVID-compliant.  There will also be opportunities during the internship to experience one’s own sense of spirituality and vocation.
 
Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to the Rt. Rev. Whayne Hougland, Transitional Director, Bellwether Farm, Camp, and Retreat Center.
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