Expect to work outside and respond to the needs of the growing plants (water, soil amendment, timely cycles of planting, harvest, compost) and livestock (feed, water, movement, veterinary care, birth, death) with direction and cooperation from staff. Contribute your expertise to the development of our operation even as you learn from the experience we create. Expect to use intelligent observation to get along with new people. Expect to contribute to the process of designing an apprenticeship which works for you through ongoing dialog with staff and board members. Plowshares Programs Manager, Ben Pasley will be your direct supervisor and make sure that you are productively engaged and learning. Director Alice Melendez will work with you on your overall learning plan including planning for rotations on farms other than Mount Folly.
Room is free, but residents must contribute to the house food supply. Interns who stay beyond an initial 6-week discovery phase are eligible for revenue-sharing arrangements from Plowshares production projects and other sources. Don’t expect to make much money, but you will get valuable experience and should do better than break even. If you don’t have your own transportation, you will have the ability to hitch a ride to town to go to the library or the store, but obviously your mobility will be limited and you are out in the country.
Please contact email@example.com to discuss in detail how this internship might fit with your educational and career development plans. Interested parties should send a description of their farming background, goals, and why they think this apprenticeship could help them reach their goals.