summer intern program
The farm has conducted a summer intern program since 1991 and has hosted numerous WWOOFers and volunteers who exchange help for experience, information, shared meals, and either sleeping accommodations in a cabin or a place to pitch their tent. Work activities include harvesting, mulching, pruning, weeding, planting, and maintenance. Call, write or e-mail to make arrangements. Please be clear about planned arrival time and likely desired length of stay. If your plans change, notify us ASAP so we don't have to turn away others in your absence.
Most meals are provided, except for several evenings per week. We cook a wholesome and acclaimed almost totally organic cuisine using as much of our organic produce as possible, while supplementing with basic organic grains, wild edibles, and humanely raised/wild meat, all on a wood cook stove.
Willingness to work, enthusiasm, good listening and communication skills required. Please notify us of any health problems that may impact your participation. Heavy dopers and those with significant psychological problems that we are not trained to deal with need not apply.
We use alternative energy for all of our electricity and for a variety of other farm uses. Permaculture practices are utilized where applicable. Self reliance and homestead innovation are an integral part of our operation, plus we incorporate some primitive and survival skills if there is interest. Work here provides an honest insight of the joys and demands of a working organic farm on a sustainable scale. We strive to aid and encourage participants to create their own farming futures.
The intern program is essentially an exchange of labor and support for room, board, and the wide, blue sky opportunities of learning and experience. A small stipend to help with expenses is available for those who stay longer than a month.
Separate intern cabin with small solar system, no running water, outhouse, and wood stove. Solar showers or a local fitness facility, 3 miles away, offer viable options. Tenting is another option. The area, though hilly, is biker friendly.
Preferred method Of Contact
Phone or email.
Participants have the opportunity to learn organic farming techniques, alternative energy basics, and country living skills, while sharing in the drama of every day life during busy times. We are a hard-working organic farm, supplying ready picked and U-Pick opportunities to the drive-up customers, selling at multiple local Farmer's Markets and the area Whole Foods Coops, and our time tested farm CSA. We have hosted scores of volunteers and interns since the 1990s, many of which have gone on to manage or operate their own farms. Interns usually work 5 1/2 days per week tending a diverse array of fruits and vegetables. During peak season some evening harvest may also be necessary. Activities include planting, mulching, crop lay out, pest management, customer service, weeding, and harvesting berries and vegetables.