Farm Apprentice

Location: 
Sunshine, North Carolina
Publication Date: 
Monday, December 2, 2013 (All day)
Company Name: 
A Way of Life Farm

A Way of Life Farm 
Sunshine, NC 28018

Contact: Sara Jane Davis, Jamie Davis

Phone: [Home] 828-287-1253

Email: awayoflifefarm@gmail.com 

Website: http://www.awayoflifefarm.com 

General Description: A Way of Life Farm is a small, permaculture-based family farm. We are headed into our fifth year of production on this land, with previous years of farming experience. We produce vegetables and pastured pork in the foothills of Western North Carolina. We use a combination of practices including bio-intensive raised beds, keyline plowing, and cover cropping. We sell our products through farmers' markets, CSAs, and restaurants. Please visit our website for basic information about our background and the farm operation, www.awayoflifefarm.com. We also have a wide variety of perennial fruits and bees on the farm. Our farm is a great place to learn about starting a farm from scratch and how to make your living from farming (this is our sole source of income). We are located in a rural setting and have a wonderful community of farming friends that have joined together to do a multi-farm CSA. We are located between Asheville and Charlotte. 

Internship Starts: March 1
Internship Ends: November 24
Number of Interns: 2
Minimum Length of Stay:
 full season preferred

Meals: Two meals are shared in the farm house each week. You prepare other meals in your own kitchen. Vegetables from the farm are available.

Skills Desired: We are looking for two curious interns who have good communication skills and are eager to work hard. Some previous farming experience is preferred. The ability to work with a group as well as taking responsibilities and working independently is necessary. Working with speed and efficiency, while maintaining attention to detail is important. Because we are a working farm and it is our family’s livelihood, a serious interest in market farming will make this internship most valuable to you. We have found that experiences with homesteading and “commercial” farming are usually very different.

Educational Opportunities: 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 in the area through CRAFT will provide a broader perspective.

Stipend: $400/month, plus a $50 raise every three months (assumes full season commitment)

Housing: A personal camper-trailer with a scenic view, kitchen, electricity and cold water, an outhouse, and outdoor shower. 

*Preferred method Of Contact: Email

Internship Details: Two internships for the full season (March1-November 24) are offered, as well as one summer internship (May-August- contact us for more details about a summer internship). Interns participate in the whole process of growing vegetables from seed to market. Our goal is to give a broad, practical experience on a diverse farm. Farm work varies with the days and seasons, but the vast majority of our (and your) time is spent growing vegetables. We also have pigs, bees, and perennial fruit trees that you will have opportunities to work with. Expect to work an average of 45 to 50 hours a week, often in hot, cold, or wet weather.. We work closely with interns as you learn new skills, and then expect that you can practice those skills independently once they become familiar. 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. Due to our remote location, a car is very helpful to have. We do take out payroll taxes and you’ll receive a W-2 at the end of the year. Email awayoflifefarm@gmail.com for an internship application and further details!