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Ostara Farm
448 Sugar Creek Rd
Leicester, NC 28748

Contact: Tara Adinolfi

Phone: 828-707-6253

Email: tara.adinolfi@icloud.com

Website: https://www.facebook.com/ostarafarm/, https://leicestergrocery.com

Last Updated: 01-24-2019

General Description: Small diverse truck farm and micro-dairy in traditional Appalachian farming community of Big Sandy Mush, 30 minutes NW of Asheville, NC. We grow organically, using biodynamic, permaculture and no-till practices. Most of our work is done by hand. We operate a grass based micro-dairy, plant nursery and produce veggies and organic free range eggs. We manage our jersey cows organically and sell raw pet milk, plants, veggies and eggs in our small grocery & garden store.

Internship Starts: 02-25-2019
Internship Ends: 11-15-2019
Number of Interns: 1
App Deadline: 02-05-19
Minimum Length of Stay: 4 months, strongly prefer entire season

Meals: Must be able to cook own meals from scratch ingredients. Vegetarian staples, farm produce, dairy and eggs are provided. We do eat meat but we do not produce meat, generally when we cook a shared meal there will be meat. We usually do at least 2 shared meals a week, for shared meals everyone participates in the meal creation and/or clean up.

Skills Desired: This is primarily a dairying internship, so must LOVE cows/large animals and have a strong ethic of care for both animals and the Earth. We are looking for farming and large animal experience. Our ideal would be a person already familiar with cows and wanting to learn about organic grass fed dairying. Previous milking (goat, sheep or cow) experience would be great and since we grow veggies some plant skills would be wonderful but not required. Must get along well with others, have a positive attitude, enjoy working both independently and with a group, be detail-oriented and enthusiastic about organic farming and learning. Good listening/communication skills and must follow instructions very well. Be able to work happily in all types of weather and around bugs, manure, worms and stinging insects. First aid and midwifery skills a plus. Able to lift 50lbs regularly. Must pass background check with no history of violence. References.

Educational Opportunities: There are numerous educational opportunities offered here in our community and interns will be offered the opportunity to attend various trainings, workshops and conferences offered by the NC Extension, the Organic Grower's School, and others.

Stipend: Stipend is based on experience and hours worked and will be determined individually. Profit sharing/farm partnering will be considered for the special applicant with at least 4 years organic truck farming and/or dairying experience and the skills to warrant it.

Housing: On-farm housing for full-time intern is a small furnished camping cabin with kitchen living combo and loft. Composting toilet, electricity. Utilities included. Computer/internet not provided- internet can be accessed at our community center or via a Verizon phone or hot spot. No tobacco, hard drugs or heavy drinking. Absolutely no partiers.

Preferred method Of Contact: email or text

Internship Details: This is an advanced internship for someone seriously considering organic dairying as a career. This internship will be a combination of time working with the farmers, with the lead garden staff, and independently. Working with cows requires physical strength, patience, gentleness, confidence, reliability, strength, attention to detail and a calm disposition. We milk using a modified surge bucket milker and when full the bucket can weigh about 40lbs, therefore the ability to lift 40lbs 2-3 times daily without issue is an essential function of the job and no accommodations can be made on this job function. The milking will happen twice daily and it is the dairying interns primary responsibility. This happens 7 days a week and takes about an hour twice daily. We are considering trying a fodder system so there may be an opportunity to work with that. In addition to the dairying, there will be cattle care, barn clean up, fencing, garden work, chicken care, and lots of projects. The intern will have the option to help with processing the dairy products into cheese, butter, kefir etc.


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