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True Nature Farm (Sustainable Living and Permaculture Apprenticeship)
4580 Hells Backbone Rd.
PO Box 1474
Boulder, UT 84716
Contact: Eden Gal
Last Updated: 10-07-2011
General Description: True Nature Farm is a Permaculture Organic Farm and a Wilderness Survival 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. See more at: http://www.truenaturefarm.org/
Internship Starts: April 1, 2012
Internship Ends: September 30, 2012
Number of Interns: 1
Minimum Length of Stay:
Meals: On the farm, we have a simple, yet holistic, diet. We provide 3 healthy organic meals a day (cooked by the apprentices and staff). The diet is mostly vegetarian, and comes from various places: our garden, other local organic farms, and the organic co-op. If you have specific dietary restrictions or needs, please let us know.
Skills Desired: We are looking for people who are committed to the journey towards a sustainable lifestyle and personal growth, are hard working, have a desire to live in a community and have good communication skills. No previous experience is required. Please see our online application for more information:
Educational Opportunities: Some of the topics and projects covered in the Apprenticeship:
Permaculture - From Design to Practice:
Learn the theory, ethics & principals of Permaculture and then apply them on a farmwide scale. We will be learning and implementing the various concepts of Permaculture, including Personal Sustainability, Natural Building, Farming, and Land Stewardship.
Natural Farming & Organic Gardening:
Sustainable food production systems - design, construction, tending & harvesting (Food Forest, Kitchen Garden, Grain Fields, Animal Husbandry, Rainwater Harvesting, Composting systems and more).
Be a part of the entire process - from seed-planting to seed-saving.
The Apprenticeship includes a 14-day Permaculture Design Certification Course .
Traditional Living skills: Primitive Technology, Wilderness Survival, Homesteading, and other Simple-Living skills.
While we live in a modern world, there is much we can learn from the past thousands of years of human experience. By using viable practices, appropriate technologies and simple, natural solutions that have proved to be sustainable for millennia, we can bring about the balance between the old and new, the traditional and modern.
(See our Earth Living Skills photo album:
Natural Building: Design, Techniques, & Hands-On Practice.
Participants will be learning the basics of working with wood, cob, straw-clay and other natural materials, taking on natural building projects and seeing them through from design to completion. (For example, see our Cob-Oven photo album:
Personal Sustainability: Be the change you want to see in the world!
Conscious Community Living, Group Council, Nature Awareness, Dream-Tracking and more . . .
In everything we do at True Nature Farm, we put great emphasis on personal growth and community living. We believe that, of all the skills necessary in today's world, these are the most important ones.
Permaculture Design Certification Course – 14-Day Intensive Training:
We believe that the Permaculture Course is an important part of the training we offer, so we decided to include this course as a part of the Sustainable Living Apprenticeship.
Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) is a world-wide recognized course, training you to become a competent Permaculture designer of sustainable living environments & bountiful food systems.
Our 14-day hands-on intensive Permaculture Design Certification covers over 90 hours of practical experience and theoretical knowledge in natural farming, sustainable technologies, natural building and fostering a healthy community.
You will learn to design and apply natural principles to create stable and resilient systems that provide food, water, shelter and energy needs while regenerating ecology, community and economy.
The course is taught by world renowned Permaculture teacher Warren Brush and True Nature Farm Staff.
To learn more about the Permaculture course, go to:
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 an outdoor shower, and a sweat lodge. Please note that you will be camping outdoors, living close to the elements, immersed in the natural world. This can be a profound experience of connection with the land, and we encourage you to come prepared with appropriate gear and mindset.
Preferred method Of Contact: Email
Internship Details: Sustainable Living & Wilderness School is an Organic Farm and a Nature Awareness School in its initial (and very exciting!) stages of establishing the farm and the school. We are dedicated to creating a sustainable community through nature education, Permaculture design, traditional living skills & fostering a learning community.
True Nature Farm’s Apprenticeship is a unique program designed to create a hands-on wholistic experience of sustainable living, weaving together primitive, traditional and modern skills.