Painted Sage Farm in Daniel, Wyoming has up to four Internships available for 2013. Beginning and Ending Dates are flexible and may start as early as late April and end as late as mid-October.
Who, Where & Why
Most of us feel a need to change the world for the better, and at the same time often feel there’s nothing you can do as just one person. Painted Sage Farm is doing what it can by farming its allotted 28 frost free days at 7,200 feet in the high desert steppe of Western Wyoming. By growing over 30 different vegetables mostly under cover of plastic, we can share our knowledge with our customers, shareholders and community. We can use our platform at the Farmers Markets to let folks know that a Genetically Modified Organism is not a hybrid but has been implicated in the basis of many modern digestive diseases. We can talk about the difference between junk and non-foods vs. real foods. And ever larger, to tie food systems into the larger social issues of food security, social justice, food and nutrition education and public health.
We can share our story. The future is about learning to make wise food choices, it’s about keeping our dollars in our local economy, it’s about keeping our children free from obesity and diabetes, and it’s about healthy, fresh, local food and the change it can make within a community.
Painted Sage Farm sits in the pristine Upper Green River Valley north of Daniel (pop. 100) between the Wind River and Wyoming Mountain Ranges. Less than a ½ mile from the glacial fed Green River, Painted Sage Farm has a 15-member CSA and sells its organically produced vegetable, poultry, pork and homemade products at five of Western Wyoming’s farmers markets as well as its Mobile Farmstand. Most of the vegetables are grown in greenhouses, hoophouses and raised beds. In 2013, we will be expanding production to outside beds protected with low hoops.
Why don’t you come join us and share your story too!
What We’re Looking For
As a Painted Sage Farm Intern you can expect to get filthy dirty. You’ll likely be exhausted and relish the thought of a nice, hot shower at day’s end. We know you’ll sleep sound, proud of a job well done. As an intern, you are expected to be up early at least 5 days a week, and ready to bust ass as soon as the work day begins. Days are long at the height of the season, but it is rewarding work, and hey, what else are you going to do with 16 hours of daylight?
Our interns have a passion for growing good, clean, honest food. They have a bright and sunny disposition, they are self-motivated, and they know that attitude is everything. They are positive, can-do folks who are open to learning new skills. They possess a true sense of adventure and wonderment, a good sense of humor and intuitively know that common sense is appreciated.
Interns will work independently much of the time, but must still be able to work well with others. They will have an eagerness to learn about farming, growing food and animal care. They enjoy interacting with the public and are excited to share the farming experience and our fresh produce with the community. They take pride in the quality of their work and are eager to engage in a job that strengthens our local food system. They are not afraid to ask questions nor make mistakes because they know it is integral to learning. They understand that learning the basics is the basis for higher learning.
Our interns should have an interest in rural community living which is harder than it sounds. During the growing/harvesting season, we are all working together, eating supper together and people can get on each other’s nerves. An easy going personality helps. Tolerance and sensitivity can go a long way to yielding a good experience for all involved on the farm.
Are you in decent physical shape, able to lift 60 pounds, and willing to work in all weather conditions? You must know that you’re not allergic to hay/grass pollen (and it’s best to also not have sage allergies) so that you won’t be uncomfortable or physically unable to work. Interns are advised to have their own health care coverage and MUST have a current Tetanus Shot. A minimum 2 month commitment is required and preference will be given to longer commitments up to 8 months. A valid driver’s license and good driving record is also required.
You have experience in farming/gardening and know that it is something you are seriously pursuing as a career/lifestyle.
You approach educational opportunities with enthusiasm and an open mind.
You possess light carpentry and building skills.
You have worked in other fast-paced, physically demanding jobs that required you to pay attention to details while maintaining a high level of efficiency.
What You’ll Learn / Day to Day
The internship is intensive by default since the farming season is intense and as an intern you are in the thick of daily life on the farm. Interns can expect to experience all aspects of small farm food production.
Interns work on farm rotations independently as well as with the Farmer, Farm Manager and/or Animal Manager. Rotations include Vegetables, Animals, Projects, Marketing and Culinary. Rotations can be seen on our website.
Farmers Markets are attended in Pinedale, Marbleton/Big Piney, Jackson Hole (2) and Wilson during June, July, August, and September. The Painted Sage Farmstand also has Mini Markets in Pinedale and Jackson in April, May and October.
Interns have access to all of our knowledge and experience as well as our small library. Depending on your interests or desired skills, it may be possible to provide appropriate learning projects and/or seek out opportunities within the community.
About the Area / Your Time Off
Painted Sage Farm is located near the Base of the Wind River Mountains, just 55 miles south of Jackson Hole and 20 miles north of Pinedale. Bordered by BLM public lands, it is a short ½ mile hike to the mighty Green River.
Interns can visit many spectacular areas on their days off such as Jackson Hole, the Tetons, Yellowstone, many lakes and rivers, or day hikes in the Wind River Mountains.
Further information can be found at visitpinedale.org.
Our interns live in rustic trailers with composting toilets. They eat simple, healthy meals from farm grown food. Real Food. Communal Mid-Day Suppers prepared by the Culinary Rotation are held most days of the week dependent upon markets and scheduling.
The Farm buys some food goods in bulk: flour, rice, sugar, etc. for interns use, as well as provides an abundance of farm produced food including eggs, vegetables, and meat.
Interns work 5-6 days per week and are paid a modest stipend of $50 per week. It’s about making a difference, helping a small farm expand to its fullest capability, serving not only the local community and its food needs, but serving the local food movement as a whole. We know you’re worth a lot more than our modest stipend and you’ll have our never ending gratitude for helping the farm grow.
How To Apply
If would like to apply for an Internship at Painted Sage Farm, please send your resume and responses to the following questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Why are you interested in an Internship at Painted Sage Farm?
2. What previous experience are you bringing to this position and what practical skills do you hope to acquire?
3. Do you prefer to work alone? With others? Or a combination of both?
4. What are your personal goals related to agriculture?
5. We raise animals for meat on the farm. What is your perspective on the role animals play on a small farm?
6. Everyone who lives on the farm works on the farm. Do you have any experiences living and working in this type of environment?
7. Please tell us something interesting about yourself (hobbies, pastimes, travels, etc.)
8. What is your favorite vegetable?
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