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A Way of Life Farm
Sunshine, NC 28018
Contact: Sara Jane Davis, Jamie Davis
Phone: [Home] 828-287-1253
Last Updated: 01-12-2015
General Description: A Way of Life Farm is a diverse small farm in the foothills of Western NC. We grow vegetables, strawberries and pasture-raised pork for sale. In addition, we have perennials including blueberries, blackberries, and a wide array of home-use fruit trees, as well as bees. A combination of sustainable practices including bio-intensive raised beds, cover cropping, keyline plowing, and permaculture design are used throughout our land. We start all of our own vegetable transplants from seed and propagate perennials in a permanent greenhouse. Over 30 types of vegetables and herbs are grown primarily outdoors in raised beds. We also grow tomatoes, cucumbers, and winter greens in a large hoophouse and other veggies in low-tech, movable “caterpillar tunnels”. A tractor is used for initial bed preparation, but most of our work- planting, weeding, harvesting- is done with hand tools. Our products are sold through farmers’ markets, CSAs, and restaurants. This apprenticeship offers an opportunity to see what it’s like to earn a livelihood from a farm. We also offer an Assistant Farm Manager position. A Way of Life Farm is located an hour from Asheville and Charotte, NC. Visit our website, www.awayoflifefarm.com or facebook page (more current) for more information.
Internship Starts: March 1
Internship Ends: November 24
Number of Interns: 4
App Deadline: until filled
Minimum Length of Stay: 9 months, opportunities for year-round employment
Meals: Two meals are shared in the farm house each week. You prepare other meals in your own kitchen or with other apprentices. Vegetables from the farm are available as well as food staples (flour, rice, beans...)
Skills Desired: We are looking for curious apprentices with good communication skills and self-motivation. Farming experience is helpful, but not necessary, however experience with physical labor or intense outdoor activity is important. Our bodies are our primary tools on the farm. Hands-on learning is a given on a farm, but the ability to learn from listening is very valuable as a lot of information is conveyed verbally through informal “classes” in the field.
Educational Opportunities: We take our role as educators seriously. We work closely with apprentices, explaining tasks as they come up in the season and offer written information and informal “classes”. We also have an extensive farming library. Field trips to other farms in the area through CRAFT will provide an even broader perspective.
Stipend: apprenticeship starts at $525/month
Housing: A personal camper-trailer, or "tiny home", which includes kitchen, electricity and cold water, an outhouse, and hot outdoor shower.
Preferred method Of Contact: Email
Internship Details: Farming really is a way of life and it is truly meaningful work! Apprentices take part in all aspects of the farm from vegetable seed to harvest, livestock chores, marketing, perennials, and infrastructure projects, but should expect to spend the vast majority of time growing vegetables. We aim to offer information and skills that will give you confidence to manage a farm. As the season progresses, apprentices are given increased responsibilities around the farm. Apprentices work 45-50 hours/week with a week paid vacation in the summer. We respect your time and life away from the farm, trying our best to stick to a pre-arranged daily schedule. Occasionally, the farm will demand some longer days just to get the job done.
The Crew Leader/Assistant Farm Manager gains an even deeper understanding of the farm operation and takes the learning and experience needed to manage a farm to the next level. Visit the apprenticeship page of our website- www.awayoflifefarm.com- for an application.