We work with surrounding organic farmers in SE Wisconsin to grow and breed seed corn for organic farmers.
Elkhorn Wisconsin United States
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Public Contact Information:Contact Walter Goldstein
About the Farm:
The farms we work on near Elkhorn include the Zinniker Farm which is a mixed livestock, grass and grain farm and the oldest biodynamic farm in N America, the Rohrer Farm, which is a new organic farm and the place in which we center our field days, the Goldstein Farm, which is an organic fruit, sheep and seed corn farm that introduces young people to agriculture, the Pounder Bros Farm, near Delavan, which is a mixed cattle and small grain farm that also specializes in small grain seed production and open pollinated corn seed production. We also contract with additional farms in the area for land and services for nurseries and grow outs. The Mandaamin Institute has its office and lab near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
The Mandaamin Institute has been involved in breeding and now in commercializing corn that has better nutritional value, prevents pollination from GMO corn, and is highly nutrient efficient. In the coming years we will also focus on finishing inbreds, constructing open pollinated varieties, and growing out inbred seed for seed companies to use. Though most of our effort is with corn we also are working with a heirloom winter wheat variety.
Seed Crops Grown :corn and wheat
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About the Internship
General Expectations and work flow :
During the farming season the schedule is from 8 AM to 5 PM and work often occurs 6 days per week. A strong work ethic, self motivation, and on-target initiative are important as are the ability to take and follow instructions. The Mandaamin staff cultivates open communication and meetings to discuss results and new challenges.
On-farm training :
Interns will learn breeding and seed multiplication skills for corn and wheat and especially will learn about breeding corn.
Compensation, Accommodations and amenities provided :
The number of internships and the compensation offered is still being worked out, and will be limited from year to year depending on financial factors.