We are a diverse small farm in the foothills of WNC. We raise
vegetables, strawberries and pasture-raised pork for sale and
are establishing perennials including blueberries, raspberries,
blackberries, and a wide array of fruit trees. For home use, we raise
chickens, bees, and corn. We use a combination of sustainable practices
including bio-intensive raised beds, keyline plowing, and permaculture design.
Our products are sold through farmers’ markets, CSAs, and restaurants. Visit our website, www.awayoflifefarm.com for more
information or read a recent article about the farm at http://organicgrowersschool.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/craft-tour-a-way-of-life-farm-teaches-practical-soil-building-tips/
Internship Starts: March 1
Internship Ends: October 31
Number of Interns: 2
Minimum Length of Stay: full season preferred
Meals: Vegetables and pork are provided, upon availability. We share meals in the farmhouse regularly, at least once a week.
Skills Desired: We are looking for a curious apprentice who has good communication
skills and is eager to work hard. The ability to work with a group as
well as taking responsibilities and working independently are important.
A serious interest in farming for livelihood will make this internship
most valuable to you.
We love to share why and how we operate the farm. We work closely
with interns, explaining tasks as they come up in the season. We have
an extensive farming library and welcome discussions of farming
methods/theory. Field trips to other farms through CRAFT and work
days on other local organic farms will provide a broader perspective.
Stipend: $400/month (stipend amount assumes full season commitment), housing, and food from the farm.
A personal camper-trailer with a scenic view, full kitchen, and outhouse
Preferred method Of Contact: Phone or Email
really is a way of life! From March 1-October 31, interns take part in all
aspects of the farm from vegetable seed to harvest, livestock care,
marketing, and infrastructure projects, but should expect that the vast
majority of time is spent growing vegetables.
Expect to work 45-50
hours/week with a typical day starting at 8am and ending at 5:30. Each
intern takes one long weekend/month (Saturday-Monday), with Sundays always
off and a week of paid vacation in July/August. We aim to offer
information and skills that will give you confidence to start your own
farm. We work together and explain the hows and whys of various tasks as
they are learned. As the season progresses, interns are given increased
responsibilities around the farm. We ask interns to determine
personal goals for their time on our farm and we work with them to make the
internship a valuable experience. Field trips to other farms
through CRAFT and work days on other local organic farms will provide a
broader perspective. Contact us
for further details and an application.