‘New Traditions Homestead’ Farm Internship for 2013
Position: Certified Organic Produce Intern
New Traditions Homestead, located in rural Hillsboro, WI is offering 3 positions for Farm Intern available to begin mid-April, 2013 and run through October 31 (length of time negotiable). This is a unique opportunity to live and work on a small-scale, horse-powered farm focusing on rural skills, simple living, and hands-on learning.
This is a position for an individual, or couple, who is self-motivated, hard-working and has the specific interest in organic produce farming. It is intended to be an intensive experience in all aspects of farm life for those interested in understanding the balance of physical independence and community inter-dependence.
In 2004, we purchased 40 acres of vacant land and have built all the infrastructure of our homestead including our home, guesthouse, blacksmith shop, barn, icehouse, and storage sheds. We have been farming and gardening organically at different scales for over 15 years, and in 2010 we became certified organic and currently market to Willy St. Coop in Madison and Viroqua Food Coop in Viroqua, WI. We have two young children (ages 8 and 2) so we stress that this is a family and child-friendly environment (those with children are welcome to apply!).
Work of the Farm:
In addition to the daily tasks of animal chores, and general farm work……….
Spring……greenhouse work, fieldwork (tillage, direct seeding, and transplanting)
Summer……fieldwork (planting, cultivating, weeding, harvesting, washing, and packing), fencing and creating a rotational grazing scheme
Features of the Farm:
-Natural buildings, including straw/clay infill, natural plasters, cob, wattle and daub, conventional and round-pole framing, cordwood, stone masonry, and dry stack stonework.
-Solar electricity, refrigeration from icehouse
-Spring water, powered by a ram pump
-Draft Horses, Dairy Cow and Goats, and Chickens
-Certified organic produce
-Blacksmith shop and woodworking
-Organic produce, dairy, meat, eggs, and maple syrup harvesting
-36 hours work/week (typical schedule of 9am-4pm, with 1 hour lunch, Monday-Saturday, Sundays off)
-$170/month stipend, plus all expenses paid for two Driftless Folk School classes of your choice www.driftlessfolkschool.org
-Private dwelling, with kitchen space. Access to sauna
-Responsible for own groceries and cooking, though some meals are shared
-weekly farm meetings, to discuss week’s work ahead, and “check-in”
-Live near local, farm-based Amish community
-Encouraged to take on self-directed projects
-Trial period of 2 weeks before full commitment from either side.
-Note: we are located 30 miles from any major city interaction, so a deep interest in rural living is a must.
-to attain consistent help to meet the demands of physical labor
-continue the development of skill-sharing
-to build knowledge and skills for future of running their own farm, and/or sharing skills with others
-to develop a meaningful friendship and sense of inter-dependence of one another
-to grow healthy food for ourselves and others
- to create an example of conscious living and respect for the natural world
-to foster a localized, community-based lifestyle
To Apply: (Deadline March 15, 2013 though position may fill before)
Please send resume, letter of intent, and 2 reference contacts to:
New Traditions Homestead
Robert and Summer Schulz
(608)489-4442 call with any questions!
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