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Red House Farm
P.O. Box 1332
Boulder, UT 84716 - 1332
Contact: Brynn Brodie, Scott Brodie
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Last Updated: 01-12-2012
General Description: We are a small diversified farm in a tiny progressive town (pop 180) in the high desert of southern Utah (elev 6400'). The Aquarious Plateau is just above our town, and provides the tributaries for the Escalante River. Boulder Creek is one of these and it runs right through the farm. The area is quite beautiful, surrounded by public lands including the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Dixie National Forest, Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon National Parks and Glen Canyon National Rec Area.
We are committed to using organic methods and closing the loop on inputs. We save a lot of our own seed, make our own fertilizer and a lot of our feed. We're still in the experimental stages with some of this. We've had some great successes so far and of course a few busts, but we're definitely making good progress toward becoming more self-reliant. We have 1 1/2 acres in vegetable crops, 1 1/2 in grain and 2 1/2 in alfalfa/grass hay. We also have 6 beehives, 70 laying hens, 2 sheep, a guard llama George, 2 pigs, a steer for beef, 2 Brown Swiss/Jersey heifers Peaches and Delilah (to be bred this year), 5 ducks, a mouser Puddy and our three-legged dog Toby.
We have two 1950's Allis Chalmers combines that we harvest and thresh with. These old smaller combines have become popular on small organic farms. We have also been known to hand-scythe. So far we have grown heirloom wheat, oats, triticale and barley. We use the grain to make our own bread with and feed to our poultry flocks.
2011 was our third year at the farm but our twelfth year of growing. We are very encouraged by what the soil and we have produced. We are vendors at the local farmer's market and have a winter CSA. We also host a lot of community events/workshops, mostly about developing practical skills. We also received a private grant for a community toolshare program, a USDA grant for a solar-grid intertie system, and a state grant for a local arts workshop. These grants were written by past interns.
We started the farm in anticipation of the decline of petroleum and how that will affect agriculture and other modern-day systems that we currently depend on so heavily. We believe that efficiencies of scale will change to favor regional/local systems. Communities will have to adapt in order to thrive in our changing world. Strong community interdependence is vital. So we try to do our part to pave the way toward a better future. We see these changes as being positive so do not approach them with fear but optimism and hope. There are others in town doing a similar thing, growing much of their own food, experimenting, exchanging information, etc. It's a great atmosphere if you're in the same mindset.
The pioneer spirit still exists here in Boulder. We have an interesting mix of Mormon pioneer stock and eclectic progressives. RHF falls into the latter (not Latter-Day) category. There's a culture of food production, preservation, and cooperation here. Food is the common denominator... Boulder also has a respected primitive skills school, a new permaculture/sustainable living school, and a non-profit foundation created to promote heritage skills and community self-reliance. Often the farm will do workshops/events in partnership with these groups. Ranching is and always has been paramount.
Our intern season runs approximately from mid-March to mid-November. We need three quality people for the bulk of the season. We prefer longer commitments, but we do have some flexibility. A season of work here is somewhat intimate because we work hard together, you basically become part of our farm family, and summer days are long. So chemistry is key...We will ask you for references and will want to speak to you at length on the phone to get a sense of who you are and vice versa. Most of our longer term help only planned to stay for a while, but because the chemistry was right, decided to stay much longer. Many interns have remained good friends, and some have gone on to start their own farms.
Generally lunch is communal, and we will take turns preparing it. Interns will make their own breakfast and dinner. You'll have access to farm veggies, meats, eggs, preserved goodies and bulk staples. We use our own food as much as possible, as well as locally-procured foods. We avoid most processed foods but are also pragmatic. If you enjoy wholesome foods you will definitely eat well.
Accommodation options include a barn loft with a deck, a cabin w/patio, a private room in the farmhouse or a spot down by the creek. Everything has a great view. Each place has a degree of privacy which is nice after a long day spent with others. We have a great community/intern kitchen, and outdoor&indoor bathroom facilities. You will also have easy access to the farm phone and wireless high speed internet. The farm has good cell phone coverage.
World-class canyon country hiking in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is right out our door. Also there are other young folks working in town seasonally so you will not be socially isolated. There's a great local music scene so bring your instrument!
We are looking for interns with a solid work ethic, good sense, self motivation, a pleasant disposition, flexibility and no emotional baggage. You should be strong and healthy. Some farm experience and general handiness preferred. A good sense of humor is always appreciated. Artistic flair and computer skills are also a plus. Experience with livestock would be great. If you have the inclination and know-how to adopt a project and run with it there will be plenty of opportunities. Past interns seemed to have gotten the most gratification from projects that they initiated or adopted as their own. We will try to match you with your interests when possible.
There are opportunities to gain experience with organic growing methods, food processing and storage, irrigation, composting, cultivation, hoophouse management, farmers market, CSA, seed saving, beekeeping, poultry, livestock, intensive grazing management, electric fence, animal slaughtering/butchering, alternative building methods, rainwater harvesting, solar power, carpentry, community projects and much more.
In addition to a lot of growing, cool projects for 2012 include building: a smokehouse to cure our own meats, a pond, a self-propelled hand trolley for creek crossings, a rainwater harvesting system, and a wood-fired outdoor oven.
When we moved to this area twelve years ago we built our own off-grid homestead mostly out of salvaged and scavenged materials incorporating appropriate technologies. We will be happy to share with you our knowledge of what we did right and more importantly what we did wrong (there may be a few days of work on the homestead - a fun change of scenery). Also, we love to scavenge materials from the local dump and freebox and repurpose them for use on the farm. Fellow gleaners and hunter/gatherers are encouraged to apply.
If all this makes us sound like a big operation know that we a small farm that just does a lot of different things. That means we work hard and you will too.
Expect to work five full days, more if necessary during crunch times like harvest. No dogs please (you'd have to make a compelling case for an exception, but if this really seems like the place for you go ahead and try). Public transportation is not available so you must have a car. Bikes are a great way to get around town. Email is the preferred method of contact. References from previous farm or non-farm jobs required. Check out our website (which unfortunately is not updated nearly enough) to get a better idea of who we are and what we've been up to. We are always interested in receiving inquiries but you have a better chance of a position if you apply early. If we have described the kinds of things that you are passionate to learn and do, then please contact us!
Internship Starts: March 15, 2012
Internship Ends: November 15 , 2012
Number of Interns: 3
App Deadline: March 1
Minimum Length of Stay: 2 Months
Meals: Access to our own vegetables and eggs, some preserved garden goodies, and bulk staples. Generally lunches are communal, with you preparing your own breakfast and dinner.
Skills Desired: Solid work ethic, self motivation, pleasant disposition, ability to work well with others. Some farming experience and general handiness preferred. Experience with livestock a plus, as is an artistic bent. Should be fairly healthy and strong.
Educational Opportunities: Organic gardening, food processing and storage, chickens, irrigation, composting, hoop-house growing, farmers market, seed saving, cultivation, beekeeping, and light carpentry. If you have the inclination and know-how to adopt a project and run with it, there will be plenty of opportunities.
Stipend: N/A, but then again you get free food, lodging, and most important- a great foundation of practical life skills.
Housing: Barn loft with a beautiful view. Or pitch a tent in the trees down by the creek.
Preferred method Of Contact: Email
Internship Details: You will help us to reach our goals and realize our vision. You'll work five full days a week, more if necessary during crunch times like harvest. You'll be involved in all aspects of our grow scene. Access to showers, phone, and high-speed internet. Prefer no dogs. Previous farm or work references required.