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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: 04-30-2014
General Description: A Way of Life Farm is a diverse small farm in the foothills of WNC. We raise vegetables, strawberries and pasture-raised pork for sale. In addition, we work with perennials including blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and a wide array of fruit trees, as well as bees. A combination of sustainable practices including bio-intensive raised beds, keyline plowing, and permaculture design are used. Our products are sold through farmers’ markets, CSAs, and restaurants.
Located an hour from Asheville and Charotte, NC. Swimming holes, hiking, and quaint rural towns in the vicinity. Visit our website, www.awayoflifefarm.com or facebook page (more current) for more information.
Internship Starts: until filled
Internship Ends: November 24
Number of Interns: 2
Minimum Length of Stay: full season preferred
Meals: Two meals are shared in the farm house each week. You prepare other meals in your own kitchen. Vegetables from the farm are available as well as food staples.
Skills Desired: We are looking for curious interns with good communication skills and eagerness to work hard. The ability to work quickly and efficiently with a group as well as taking responsibilities and working independently are important. A serious interest in farming for livelihood will make this internship most valuable to you.
Educational Opportunities: We love to share why and how we operate the farm and want you to have a valuable learning experience. We work closely with interns, explaining tasks as they come up in the season. We also have an extensive farming library. Field trips to other farms in the area through CRAFT will provide a broader perspective.
Stipend: $400/month, plus a $50 raise every three months (assumes full season commitment)
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: The farm accepts 2-3 full-season interns. Farming really is a way of life! Interns take part in all aspects of the farm from vegetable seed to harvest, livestock care, marketing, perennials, and infrastructure projects, but should expect that the vast majority of time is spent growing vegetables.
Interns work 45-50 hours/week with one long weekend off per month and a week of paid vacation in July/August. We respect your time and life away from the farm, trying our best to stick to a pre-arranged schedule. We aim to offer information and skills that will give you confidence to start your own farm. We work together and explain the hows and whys of various tasks as they are learned. As the season progresses, interns are given increased responsibilities around the farm. We ask interns to determine personal goals for their time on our farm and we work with them to make the internship a valuable experience. Field trips to other farms through CRAFT will provide a broader perspective. Contact us for further details and an application.