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Manatee Farms

Florida, United States
MESA Notes – Public
Website :
http://manateefarms.com
Blog, Online Newsletter, etc. :
Public Contact Information:
[email protected]
 

Private Host Information

Name:
robert mclaughlin mclaughlin
E-mail:
[email protected]
Phone:
3868439136
Address:
1320 33rd Street W, Palmetto, Florida, United States 34221
Mailing Address(if diff. as abov)
 

About the Placement:

Detailed Placement Description

Manatee Farms is moving toward sustainable growing practices using environmental, social and economical pillars a the foundation of our model. While we currently offer locally grown products for our customers, use zero pest controls banned by WHO or US EPA, we are moving towards more grass roots efforts of water reclaim, reductions in irrigation overflow, eco-friendly pest controls and testing of organic practices on a large scale horitculture farm. Manatee Farms is located on the gulf coast of Florida only 3 miles from the beach and is managed by Robert Mclaughlin former CEO of Organic Bouquet and Organic Style in San Francisco. As a pioneer in the sustainable movement in floriculture Robert see’s Manatee Farms as an extension and next generation of that effort bringing together grown locally, low carbon footprint and socially conscience worker protections into the project.

Primary Production :

Vegetables, Herbs, Flowers


About the Internship:

Availability:

Full for the Season

Training Hours:

40 Hours per week

Training Expectations :

Weekly training by experienced growers of plants and flowers. Training would be from seed to retail under supervision of head grower and Chief Sustainability Officer. Monday Thru Friday with occasional Saturday sessions.

On-Site Training, Steward’s primary activities :

Primary function would be to assist growers in various greenhouses with crop assessment, watering, fertilization and pest management. Steward would begin in the greenhouse assisting in all aspects of farm management from the ground up. Next level of training would consist of crop management using technology and software currently being deployed to help greenhouse operate more efficiently. Steward would assist Sustainability officer with development of its native species program, culinary edibles, butterfly and bee species projects.

Climate and Location Description

Location is rural and weather is tropical in nature with average high temperature rarely below 74 degrees.

Compensation :

Free housing not available, but have or can help find affordable housing.

Accommodations and amenities provided :

Palmetto, Florida enjoys a low cost of living and we would help find appropriate housing.

Preferred start date :

flexible

Preferred length of internship :

12 months

User ID:

robertm895

Mesa Notes – Internal:

2/21: Robert M. seems to be gone from this position…I left a msg. for “BJ” asking if the farm is still interested in Hosting…
2022: Never joined MESA. Main contacts seem to be long gone.

Status:

Inactive

Admin Only – No Notification:

Your Job Title:

Do you have separate mailing address? :

No

City:

State :

Zip Code:

Host Fees. $175 Steward assignment confirmation, plus $225/month/Steward.:

We can pay the basic fee to support MESA’s program and services.

Other Placement Activities:

Direct marketing, Farm machinery, Farmers market, Greenhouse management, Farm business planning/ record keeping

How many Stewards would you like to host:

1-2

Placement description:

Manatee Farms is moving toward sustainable growing practices using environmental, social and economical pillars a the foundation of our model. While we currently offer locally grown products for our customers, use zero pest controls banned by WHO or US EPA, we are moving towards more grass roots efforts of water reclaim, reductions in irrigation overflow, eco-friendly pest controls and testing of organic practices on a large scale horitculture farm. Manatee Farms is located on the gulf coast of Florida only 3 miles from the beach and is managed by Robert Mclaughlin former CEO of Organic Bouquet and Organic Style in San Francisco. As a pioneer in the sustainable movement in floriculture Robert see’s Manatee Farms as an extension and next generation of that effort bringing together grown locally, low carbon footprint and socially conscience worker protections into the project.

Average training hours/week:

40 Hours per week

Climate and Location description:

Location is rural and weather is tropical in nature with average high temperature rarely below 74 degrees.

Are you willing to host a Steward whose English proficiency is below 30%?:

Yes

Please list your two nearest airports, and approx. driving distance to/from the training site.:

Tampa International and Orlando International Airports

We have previously hosted a MESA Steward(s):

Yes

We have hosted or currently host J-1 interns/trainees in another program:

Reference 1:

German Gutierrez 57318-7854926

Reference 2:

Ramiro Penaherrera 5939-9972-3174

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