Ostara Farm is a small CSA farm located in the traditional Appalachian farming community of Big Sandy Mush, 35 minutes from Asheville, NC. Most of our farming is done by hand, using no-till, biodynamic and permaculture practices. We go above and beyond national organic standards and choose not to be certified. We have a flock of free range, pastured laying hens and are planning to add sheep this spring. We are practicing rotational grazing. Future plans include a milk cow and raising birds for meat.
Last spring we moved our farm from rented land to family land that we will be able to farm on permanently. We are in the process of setting up our infrastructure and are looking for some help so that we can expand to a profitable level by the 2013 season. We need help with building raised beds, exotic invasive removal, stonework, building maintenance and construction, tree and shrub planting, fencing, general plant and animal care, harvesting and processing vegetables.
Mainly, we are looking for an individual or a couple who would like to commit to the 2012 season, from April-October, who want to farm for a career. Whoever is chosen for this would work full time and receive private on farm housing, utilities, wireless internet and food in exchange for their work. We are also open to folks who want to come and tent camp for shorter periods. From tenting folks, we would ask for a half day of work in trade for the camping space and food. We also accept interns for college credit- these internships are structured based on individual university requirements.
This work is physically demanding. We work long hours and in adverse weather conditions. We expect our volunteers to be physically fit and able to perform this demanding work. We are hard working and generally try to make the work enjoyable at the same time. We appreciate our hard working helpers and treat them with kindness and respect, but we do not tolerate those who cannot keep up or have negative attitudes. We choose to farm because we love it and are happy doing it, and we want everyone here to be having a positive experience. Check out our website: www.ostara-farm.com