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The Lord
26 Joe Jenkins Rd
Fairveiw, NC 28730

Contact: Ali Stone, Janice Brewer

Phone: 828-276-1156

Email: info@thelordsacre.org

Website: http://thelordsacre.org

Last Updated: 01-22-2019

General Description: The Lord's Acre was established in 2009 as a hub for building community which is our way of addressing hunger. We run a nonprofit, donation or giving -garden model where we want to engage our community in finding answers to questions that go beyond food security and justice, to the very core of what it means to be a neighbor and to love your neighbor. Now in our eleventh growing season, this garden's vortex has brought thousands of people into the opportunity to collectively grow and share 9.5 - 11.5 tons of fresh produce each year with those in need. This is an ever-changing, ever-growing endeavor and we are constantly evaluating new and better ways to do the best and most holistic work we can do.

Internship Starts: 04-01-2019
Internship Ends: 10-31-2019
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: 03-15-2017
Minimum Length of Stay: 7 months

Meals: Meals are mostly independent. Garden produce, some basic staples (grains & beans), and chickens for egg collecting are offered to the interns.

Skills Desired: Since the intent of the internship is to pass along knowledge, we do not have specific experience requirements. All things being equal, we may, however, give preference to those with a gardening background or those pursuing a career/lifestyle in the work we do. We are looking for applicants who are: highly motivated, flexible and adaptable, collaborative, display gratitude, follow directions while sharing their opinions, independent workers, in good physical condition, have a sincere desire to learn about sustainable food production, hunger issues, and community building, value quality work, and are able to maintain a clean, safe and organized work space. This is a hands-on internship. You will be immersed, get dirty, be challenged, and be encouraged to use your gifts, not just your muscles.

Educational Opportunities: We have created a systematic education consisting of independent assigned reading, short presentations and group discussion covering basic principles of growing food and doing nonprofit, community building work. There will be experiential, hands-on learning every day and an excellent home library is available. Our interns will be learning through continual casual discussions, often with others who do similar work. Interns have the option to participate and work with the local food pantry, Welcome Table and other hunger alleviation initiatives as they arise. The opportunity to sit in on our work with local colleges, other organizations, and our board meetings to better understand the organizational aspect are also available. Field trips & membership in CRAFT � monthly farm tours and potlucks is a great experience to learn from our neighbor farmers. Lastly, friends within our community offer opportunities for learning many skills including cheese making, herbal products, soap making, pasture meats and more. (Sometimes odd jobs are also offered in these fields).

Stipend: A $400/month stipend is provided for full season interns.

Housing: Two identical 12 X 12 bunk houses with lofts on site are offered to interns. They do not have insulation or inside walls, nor is there air conditioning or heating. The doors lock. We have fans, a high air vent and windows, portable room heaters, some furniture, mattresses, and unfinished wooden flooring. For now, the kitchen, toilet and shower are in a nearby older RV which is a common space for interns.

Preferred method Of Contact: Email

Internship Details: Interns are expected to work aprx 35hours / week. Interns also assist in setting up, helping with and taking down 1 - 2 fundraising events per season. We have not finished creating a new schedule for the 2019 season but interns will definitely work: M - F 7:30 - 12:30 pm, Wednesday evenings from 5:30 - 8:15 pm, some (rotating) Monday markets from 2:30 - 6:15 pm, and some flexible time in the afternoons or evenings. Basically weekends will be free except for crucial chores such as watering which will be worked on a rotating basis with another intern. Interns can expect to engage in physical work and activity regardless of weather. Get up early especially in the summer and be ready to work on time. Eventually lead and teach groups and individual volunteers (Do you enjoy people?) Study and apply sustainable, organic, traditional and alternative growing practices. Participate with the crew in all aspects of growing food (cultivation, planting, transplanting, harvesting, washing, distributing).


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