Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast and Farmstead

Contact: John Ivanko or Lisa Kivirist, co-owners at Inn Serendipity
7843 County P
Browntown, WI 53522
608-329-7057 FAX

Number of interns: 1 (per details below)

Note:  Inn Serendipity is not seeking interns for the 2014 season.

Since 2000, aspiring small-scale farmers or market gardeners have been enabled to start their own farm-based agricultural business through the innovative Cooperative Enterprise Program launched by Inn Serendipity and the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI). The Cooperative Enterprise Program, which operates on-site at Inn Serendipity, provides a "Management Intern" a training opportunity to develop growing, land stewardship, and marketing techniques through the creation and management of his or her own business.

Simple Abundance Farm is the result of the Cooperative Enterprise Program in 2002, started by farmer-entrepreneur Janet House and run completely independent of Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast. Simple Abundance Farm grows flowers for fresh and dried bouquets on about 1/3 acre. The crops are raised without the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. Simple Abundance Farm focuses on selling fresh-cut flower bouquets to subscribers and at farmers¹ markets. Simple Abundance Farm follows the 2000 and 2001 growing season when operations were owned and managed by Morning Star Garden.

People interested in participating in the Cooperative Enterprise Program can inquire for more information at Inn Serendipity (see contact information above).

Inn Serendipity is a diversified small-scale farm (5.5 acres) and is nationally recognized for its approach to more sustainable living, energy conservation, and utilization of "green design" in its operations, including a straw bale greenhouse heated by an active and passive solar hot water heating system and powered by a photovoltaic (PV) system and 10 kW Bergey wind turbine.

Management interns can expect to transplant, prepare beds, plant/interplant, weed, harvest, build compost piles, cover crop, and market their product in a variety of ways. This is a good opportunity to learn organizational/marketing skills for effective management of a small-scale organic farming business, as well as to learn about agricultural tourism. A business plan, business logo, legal and state/federal requirements for business operations are also developed first-hand by the Management Intern.

Required skills and attributes include familiarity with organic farming tools and techniques, experience in and enthusiasm for permaculture design or edible landscaping concepts, and being attuned to a bed and breakfast (B&B) environment, which includes hospitality to guests. Work will consist of ongoing activities involved at a possibly yet-to-be-named new business located at Inn Serendipity, as well as other on-farm land management projects.

Monthly stipend offered, plus room and board, as well as percentage of profit sharing from product sales.