field internship job description
Accepting applications January 1 through February 15.
Employment dates: 4/1/19 - 10/31/19. All applicants must be employed by Plume and Furrow for the entirety of the season. Flexible start and end dates are possible for the right candidate.
General Description: Plume and Furrow is a cut flower farm and design studio located on the beautiful property of the Lyons Farmette, in Lyons, Colorado. Our goal is to grow a wide variety of annual and perennial cut flowers, fillers, and foliage, from seed, bulb, and tuber, for use in our on-farm design studio, which provides full-service floral arrangements to over 75 weddings per summer. Our interns are exposed to a wide range of farm and wedding activities, as the Lyons Farmette property hosts over 65 weddings and 15 farm dinners each summer. We also host homesteading and permaculture classes, community fundraisers, and corporate events. Our sister venue, River Bend, located one mile from the Farmette, hosts an additional 65 weddings each year. Beyond learning the methods and techniques used in intensive cut flower growing, interns will have the opportunity to assist in the design studio, grow vegetables and herbs, help raise egg-laying hens and adorable baby goats, and gain insight into the business and administrative side of flower farming and wedding work. Top applicants are kind, generous, and willing to work and live as part of a greater farm community with the other laborers who live and work on the land.
Meals: No meals are provided, although interns have unlimited access to seasonal vegetables and herbs grown here on the property. Eggs and honey are provided when abundant.
Skills Desired: We are seeking strong, hard-working, self-motivated, flexible, consistent and social individuals who are primarily interested in cut flower growing. All applicants must have some previous farming or gardening experience, although experience with cut flowers is not absolutely necessary. An interest in agritourism and the wedding industry is also preferred. Top applicants are comfortable with tedious, physical labor, brainstorming, and systems management, and are interested in developing a future in the flower farming world. A positive attitude and life-outlook is a must!
Educational Opportunities: Interns will have the opportunity to learn most aspects of running a small flower farm- seed germination, plant propagation, field design and management, direct seeding and transplanting, succession planting, irrigation and water management, bed prepping, composting systems, hoop house flower production, greenhouse nursery operations, trellis infrastructure, harvesting and storage techniques, studio and floral design, arranging techniques, market bouquets, wedding delivery and setup, annual vegetable production, landscaping, beekeeping, and animal husbandry… plus much more, including access to Lyons Farmette classes and workshops!
Stipend: In addition to an active, healthy lifestyle, interns earn $1000/month, live on-site in a vintage Airstream, and have access to free vegetables. There are possible opportunities to earn additional income outside of fieldwork.
Housing: Live in an on-farm, private, vintage Airstream, with a shared outdoor kitchen and access to indoor bathrooms and hot showers, in beautiful Lyons, Colorado. Our farm is located directly across from the St. Vrain River and within walking or biking distance to town. Lyons is home to Planet Bluegrass, a world-renowned music festival venue, and is situated at the base of the St. Vrain Canyon, which leads to one of the most popular and gorgeous hiking destinations in North America, Rocky Mountain National Park.
Internship Details: Our internship is an incredibly rewarding, remarkable experience. The job is a physically and mentally demanding, outdoor job. Physical labor comprises most of the daily farm work, which includes seeding, watering, planting and weeding, prepping beds, digging trenches, and moving soil, just to name a few tasks. Interns work 5 days a week, from sunrise to mid-afternoon, or about 8 hours per workday. In the high heat of the summer, “siesta hours” are in effect, and interns may work from sunrise until noon, and then again from 4-7pm. Work hours vary depending on weather, heat, and circumstance. Interns must be flexible, efficient multi-taskers, with a passion for learning and growing. While interns are exposed to many facets of the farm and wedding industries, this internship is entirely dedicated to growing and maintaining a healthy cut flower garden. Top applicants are strong, motivated individuals with previous farming experience and a desire to further their standing in the flower farming community.