Ivy Creek Family Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
390 North Fork Rd
Barnardsville, North Carolina, 28709

Primary Contact: Anna Littman
Primary Phone:
    Number: 828-713-8383
    Email: wncfarm@gmail.com

Website: https://ivycreekfamilyfarm.com/

Internship information
General Farm Description: Ivy Creek Family Farm grows vegetables, flowers, and shiitake mushrooms using organic practices. Located in a beautiful setting 25 minutes from Asheville, we sell our produce at two tailgate markets, to our CSA members, through our online store, to several wholesale distributors, and at our farm stand. We are a for-profit farm in operation since 2008.  We farm with a skilled team of four people on six acres. We utilize two Kubota tractors, a disc harrow, a spader, a bed raiser, plastic mulch layer, and other tools to prepare our fields and beds. We also utilize high tunnels and caterpillar tunnels for summer crops and to extend our season. 

CRAFT Member Farm? Yes

Internship Starts: April or May
Internship Ends: End of September or beyond
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: May 15th
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months

Internship Details:

Ivy Creek Family Farm seeks one additional lead farmer and one additional assistant farmer to join our team in 2022. At Ivy Creek, we work together to grow top-quality seasonal vegetables, small fruits, and flowers using sustainable and organic practices. Ivy Creek is a great place to build and sharpen farming skills. We hope applicants will have a few years of experience working in physically demanding outdoor jobs or a season or two of experience farming. Lead farmers should have two-five years of farming experience. Farmers will participate in all aspects of the farm including field and bed prep, plant propagation, planting, harvest, irrigation, plant care, post-harvest, cultivation, and sales. Farmers will have opportunities to take on leadership roles in irrigation, prop house work, low and high tunnel production, market sales, shiitake mushrooms, wash shed management, flowers and more. We farm 6 acres of field crops with intensive, sustainable philosophies. Our 2022 crew will consist of the farm owners, two assistant or lead farmers, one market sales and wash shed staff member, and one field manager. We will farm five full days a week, with occasional weekend duties as well. Farmers have access to our Vegetable Guide which outlines how to grow each of our crops from seed to sale. We teach through our extensive and carefully crafted guides along with workshops and hands-on lessons.

Educational Opportunities: Staff have the opportunity to attend monthly craft workshops organized by the Organic Grower's School. We also lead the crew in educational farm walks and provide farm manuals on subjects that interest individuals. Ivy Creek has developed planting plans, field plans, and an extensive vegetable guide that staff learn from and use on a daily basis.

Skills Desired: Assistant Farmers: Assistant Farmers should have experience working in physically demanding outdoor jobs or at least one full season of farming experience. Applicants should be able to comfortably work outside in all types of weather doing physical tasks for long periods of time, usually at a rapid pace. We seek dedicated applicants who have a genuine interest in growing vegetables and who are good observers. In the height of the season we work 10-11 hour days. Lead Farmers should have all of the above, plus at least two years of experience farming full time on a for-profit diversified vegetable farm.

Meals: No. But we provide lots of farm veggies!

Stipend: Assistant Farmers receive a stipend of $700-$1,000 a month depending on experience and length of stay. On farm housing is an option if needed in a private tiny house. Lead farmers receive $1,400-$2,000 a month depending on experience plus a housing in a tiny house.

Housing: Yes. On farm housing is available.

Preferred method of Contact: Email