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True Nature Farm - Sustainable Living and Wilderness School
PO Box 1474, 4580 Hells Backbone Rd.
Boulder, UT 84716

Contact: Eden Gal

Phone: 435-335-7485

Email: Eden@TrueNatureFarm.org

Website: http://www.truenaturefarm.org

Last Updated: 10-03-2011

General Description: True Nature Farm is a Permaculture Organic Farm and a Nature Awareness School, dedicated to cultivating a sustainable human and natural environment through nature education, permaculture design, traditional living skills and fostering a learning community.

Our farm is located near Boulder, Utah, surrounded by nearly four-million acres of pristine wilderness (and a few other farms). This little town (population 200) is the home of ranchers, farmers, artists, and nature enthusiasts who were drawn to this remote area by the beauty and serenity of the pristine wilderness.

We are surrounded by breath-taking and diverse landscapes. From the green lush forests of Boulder Mountain to the Slickrock slot canyons of the arid desert, it is all within a walking (or horseback riding) distance.

We are close to some of the most beautiful National Parks in the world, including Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park and Capitol Reef National Park. Our home playground is Dixie National Forest and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

The farm is off the grid (solar powered), and currently has a straw-bale home, a yurt, barn and corrals. It is located on 100 acres of pastures, oak grove and pinion-juniper forest, with 2 running stream (one of them year-round) and bordering the Dixie national forest. The nearest town, Boulder, is about 15 minutes away and has coffee shops / restaurants, live music venues and a lively community.

Internship Starts: April 16, 2011 (spring session) June 25, 2011 (summer session)
Internship Ends: June 11, 2011 (spring session) August 20, 2011 (summer session)
Number of Interns: 4
App Deadline:
Minimum Length of Stay: 8 weeks

Meals: We provide three healthy meals a day. Meals are prepared by Interns and Staff.

Skills Desired: We are looking for folks who are interested in being a part of creating the Permaculture farm and are interested in sharing, learning and participating in community living, have desire to live and work mostly in the outdoors, are open-minded and hard-working.

The service learning time commitment is for 25 hours per week. The intern coordinator works with interns to match your area or areas of interest with projects on the farm.

Internship activities usually occur during the week, although we do have some weekend projects and participatory events.

Educational Opportunities: Some of the topics and projects covered in the spring session: • Organic Gardening: design & construction of a vegetable garden using Permaculture and Natural Farming principles • Planting and tending a kitchen garden • Design and construction of chicken coop and yard • Carpentry and Woodworking • Composting toilets • Design and construction of rainwater harvesting structures (swales, dams, terraces and gabions • Preparation and planting of grain fields • General farm chores (feeding animals, facilities maintenance, gathering of natural materials, etc.) • Traditional Living skills and Nature Awareness • And more!

Beyond the 25 hours/week, your time is free for self-care, rest, play, study, outings, or self-guided projects. We encourage folks not to over-schedule or overdo. We provide very minimal phone/internet use for brief communications, and for research in cooperation with the internship team. Cell phones generally do not work on site. Your internship at True Nature Farm may be a wonderful opportunity to 'unplug'.

Stipend:

Housing: You will be camping in the Oak-Juniper forest (with your own gear) by the creek. We provide a large community wall tent, an outdoor kitchen and covered area, composting toilets, an access to shower (twice a week, but we encourage you to bring a solar-shower for extra comfort), and a sweat lodge.

Preferred method Of Contact: Email

Internship Details: Some of the topics and projects covered in the spring session:
• Organic Gardening: design and construction of a vegetable garden using Permaculture and Natural Farming principles
• Planting and tending a kitchen garden
• Design and construction of chicken coop and yard
• Carpentry and Woodworking
• Composting toilets
• Design and construction of rainwater harvesting structures (swales, dams, terraces and gabions
• Preparation and planting of grain fields
• General farm chores (feeding animals, facilities maintenance, gathering of natural materials, etc.)
• Traditional Living skills and Nature Awareness
• And more!

Beyond the 25 hours/week, your time is free for self-care, rest, play, study, outings, or self-guided projects. We encourage folks not to over-schedule or overdo. We provide very minimal phone/internet use for brief communications, and for research in cooperation with the internship team. Cell phones generally do not work on site. Your internship at True Nature Farm may be a wonderful opportunity to 'unplug'.


 

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