Internship / Apprentice

Location: 
Independence, Kentucky
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 (All day)
Company Name: 
Red Sunflower Farm

Thirty-five acre budding self-sustaining

homestead located twenty minutes south of Cincinnati Ohio.  We purchased this piece of Earth six years ago.  There is much foundational work to be done in building the homestead, so your work will vary greatly. 

Goals for 2013 include: 
  • complete an irrigation system
  • establish permanent no-till beds in 1 acre of garden
  • build a fire pit
  • finish building our new root cellar
  • continue our successful CSA launched in 2012
  • preserve food for winter using various techniques - dehydrating, canning, fermenting, root cellaring

You will help in the greenhouse and the gardens with planting, mulching, irrigation, and weeding, and with harvesting, cooking, and preserving.  We’ll learn together how to build walls using slipforms and stones from the creek, and other types of green building methods using reclaimed and local materials. We would like to have one more summer intern June 1 through mid-September.  I expect a flexible 30-hour work week in exchange for a wholesome learning experience, room and board, and a stipend of $100 per month.  If you can provide references regarding either welding or stone masonry skills, we will increase your stipend to $200 a month.  The only must-haves are fitness, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude.  We welcome people of all faiths and non-faiths, ethnicities, and sexual orientations.  We prohibit tobacco and drug use anywhere on the property.  

Your living space is above the workshop about seventy feet from the main house.  It’s about 500 square feet with two private bedrooms with queen beds, full size fridge, electric stove, and clothes washer.  All bed linens and towels are provided.  High speed internet service.  Bathroom with shower.  Wood stove and air conditioner.  Your own porch overlooking the creek.  Swimming privileges at the swimmin’ hole.  We have good cell phone service here from Verizon and Sprint; others work but not as well.  We have a couple hundred undeveloped acres around us for foraging, hiking, fishing, and swimming.  Our property borders a Frisbee course.  Nearby, there is great hiking and camping in Red River Gorge.              

The closest public transportation is about three miles away at the bus stop.  If you have a driver’s license, the farm pickup is available on a limited basis. Only English is spoken here. Children might be a challenge as the bedrooms are small, but we are open to a conversation about that.Any pets except dogs (we’ve got three dogs of our own) would be permitted unless they were a problem for your roommate.  If you plan to bring a pet, tell us first.   Monday through Friday we will take turns preparing our lunch.  You will prepare other meals in your own full kitchen.  Tell us of any food allergies or preferences.  We are omnivorous and would prefer that you are also.  The food we provide for you will include venison, chicken, veggies, fruit, maple syrup, honey, etc.