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Highgate Farm
782 Indian Grave Gap Rd.
1 Rigsby Rd.
Marshall, NC 28753

Contact: Melissa Harwin, John Kunkle

Phone: 828-450-0709

Email: highgatefarm@earthlink.net

Last Updated: 01-17-2019

General Description: Highgate Farm is a small Certified Naturally Grown market garden and off-grid homestead  surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Marshall, NC where we produce high quality mixed vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, flowers and eggs for sale at area tailgate markets and through our CSA.  Our business model is inspired by the traditional French Market Garden, producing a broad selection of products with great attention to detail. As a small scale CNG farm, our practices are closely aligned with NOP standards.  We employ a walk-behind and small tractor, hand tools, drip irrigation, a passive solar propagation house, spun row cover, NOP compliant  inputs and integrated pest management (IPM).

Internship Starts: 03-01-2019
Internship Ends: 11-30-2019
Number of Interns: 4
App Deadline: none
Minimum Length of Stay: Employee 12 months, Apprentice 6 months, Intern 3 months

Meals: A shared kitchen for meal prep. Plenty of fresh produce is provided.

Skills Desired: Employee: Minimum of 2 years full-time experience in small produce operation is required.
Apprentices/Interns: A strong desire to learn about food and food production is required. Those who are ready to learn and find satisfaction in hard work and a job well done will find much success here. Some experience working with plants and food is helpful.
All applicants should expect to get up early, and to work long hours performing physically demanding work in sometimes harsh conditions. General work skills of reliability  and follow through, clear, respectful communication, and attention to detail are expected. A cheerful disposition is most appreciated!

Educational Opportunities: We offer hands-on individual and group training, experience and education, in all aspects of market gardening following organic methods, from planning through sales, including propagation, fieldwork, harvest, handling and record-keeping. We also provide opportunities to participate in farm and homesteading activities such cooking and preserving, building, and harnessing renewable energy. We are happy to share our 30+ years of organic farming & homesteading experience and related knowledge, a love and knowledge of food, cooking, and our natural environment, as well as our extensive library on related and other topics of interest. Other nearby farmers and beekeepers are often willing to offer opportunities for work and learning. The NC Cooperative Extension Service is nearby, and provides resources including education, training, information and facilities. As a member of CRAFT, interns/apprentices may take advantage of the many educational and networking opportunities offered, often at nearby farms.

Stipend: Employee Salary: $20-22K/year with 2 weeks PTO Apprentice Stipend: up to $500/month with one week PTO Intern Stipend: $250/month

Housing: Apprentice & intern accomodations are off grid and include a shared bunkhouse, tent platform, shared kitchen/lodge, composting toilet and hot outdoor shower. Power is available for recharging batteries and electronics.

Preferred method Of Contact: email

Internship Details: Salaried Employee will be expected to participate in farm-related operations as needed. Intern & Apprentices will participate in farm and homestead learning and work activities as needed, from 30 to 50 hrs. each week. Activities will include greenhouse propagation, all aspects of field work from seeding/transplanting through cultivation, harvest and clean-up, processing and packing product and participating in market sales. Regular field rounds, and a weekly planning and debriefing meeting are also part of the schedule. A minimum of one day off each week will be provided to each individual. Occasional group outings for swimming, ice cream, beers, music, etc. are also included


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