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Charis Eco-Farm
3081 Shutterlee Mill Road
Staunton, VA 24401

Contact: Guy Freesen, Sue Freesen

Phone: [Home] 540-886-8486


Last Updated: 05-11-2012

General Description: We are a 45 acre farm selling our products directly to the customer at local Farmers Markets. This past year we also began a meat CSA for @30 customers. We have just installed solar panels to help reduce our electric usage.

We run a small herd of 10 head of cattle (cow/calf), some hogs (farrowing) on pasture; 20 head of Scottish Blackface sheep; about 100 layers and, over the course of the market season, about 800-1000 broilers raised on pasture. We also raise heritage breed turkey on pasture as well as some ducks and geese. All the poultry are processed on the farm.

Some of our garden produce and fruit also are sold at the Farmers Market. We are currently looking for someone to help develop the sales potential of our garden.

We offer a unique opportunity for interns to not only learn from our production methods, but also to experiment in various new ways to apply sustainability. Come work with us!

Internship Starts: March, Negotiable
Internship Ends: After Thanksgiving
Number of Interns: 4
App Deadline: None
Minimum Length of Stay: 1 Month, Preferably through November

Meals: We encourage at least one meal a day with family. We raise and eat our own meat and produce as much as possible. Option for some independent cooking or more family meals depending on housing arrangements.

Skills Desired: We need people who are flexible, open -minded and willing to work hard, get dirty and enjoy themselves in a variety of situations. "Organic" gardening experience helpful. Expect long hours in all weather, planting, weeding, harvesting and produce preparation for Farmers Market. Some poultry processing may be necessary.

Educational Opportunities:
- Learn sustainable farming methods already in practice.
- Learn poultry processing and animal husbandry.
- Assist with Farmer's Markets. Learn sales and marketing techniques.
- Opportunities for attending local farm workshops/seminars. Explore our wide selection of alternative reading.
- Visit other farms with similar operations.
- Opportunities to create/ implement new innovations here to improve our farm.
- Experimentation in new applications of sustainability is encouraged.
- Income potential available for those with initiative/creativity.

There are also great things to see and do in the Shenandoah Valley. Hiking, biking, history, incredible theater/arts/music (particularly unique is the American Shakespeare Center).

Stipend: None. But potential income opportunities from independent gardening or other animal projects. We could take on a goat and develop dairy income for you while you are here. We have the equipment and have had dairy goats in the past. A cow to milk could also be a possibility.

Housing: Bring your own camper or tent, or we have rooms available in our home.

Preferred method Of Contact: Phone or E-mail

Internship Details: Work approximately 30 hours a week developing our garden for farm use and to sell at Farmers Market. Planting, weeding, composting,harvesting, preserving of "organically grown" garden produce. Prepare produce for and participate in Farmers Market. Learn about daily animal maintenance, weekly processing of poultry, rotational grazing, mobile shelters, and electric fence lines.


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