Monday, May 31, 2010

Farm Internship

If you want to become more self-reliant, connect with the earth, learn skills from the "good old days" and are not afraid of hard work and lots of it, apply here. We grow a variety of vegetables, flowers, fruits, herbs and chickens with organic methods, placing a high value on sustainability. We emphasize hand labor and techniques. Our farm is part permaculture landscaping, biointensive vegetables, & "wild" gardening.
Responsibilities, duties, and job requirements:
Interns will learn about and participate in growing a year-round garden in San Martin, California. Garden activities (dependent on time of year) include soil preparation, sowing and saving seed, transplanting, composting, weeding, plant propagation, harvesting, food preservation, and other skills. We grow food for 15 families. We also provide a steady supply of canned, dried and baked goods.
Preferred Skills and Experience: Qualified interns will have previous gardening experience, however basic, and be ready to work. In summer we start early every day to "beat the heat." We pace ourselves, try to vary activities frequently, and attempt to use wits rather than brawn (of which we are often in short supply) whenever possible. Farm work is strenuous and/or repetitive, and does require endurance in an outdoor environment. Important traits include interest, enthusiasm, responsibility, honesty, and the ability for self-care, as we aim to practice sustainability with ourselves as well as with the garden. Those who have “gaman” are strongly urged to apply.
The Fine Print:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Saturdays 7:30 - 12:30. You may not bring your pets or children with you. Shoes are required and for those adverse to sun stroke - a hat! $8.00 an hour to start. (Gaman - Japanese - the will to keep trying over and over, to persevere.)

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