Ivy Creek Family Farm


Contact information
Farm Address:
34 Wild Aster Trail
Barnardsville, North Carolina, 28709

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

Website: https://ivycreekfamilyfarm.com/

Internship information
General Farm Description: Ivy Creek Family Farm grows vegetables and flowers using organic practices. Located in a beautiful setting 25 minutes from Asheville, we sell our produce at tailgate markets, to CSA members, at our farm stand, and to our local food pantry. We are a for-profit farm in operation since 2008.  We farm with a skilled team on seven acres. We utilize two Kubota tractors, a single bed disc harrow, a spader, a bed raiser, plastic mulch layer, and other tools to prepare our fields and beds. We also utilize ten high tunnels and caterpillar tunnels and in those structures we employ no-till methods. We strive for continuous improvement and efficiencies. We believe that small scale local farms need to be sustainable for the land, the farmers, and the community. Each year we try to improve on and implement simple technologies and new systems that make our jobs easier and our farming better for the land.

CRAFT Member Farm? Yes

Internship Starts: June, 2024
Internship Ends: End of December or beyond
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: June 15th, 2024
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months

Internship Details:

Ivy Creek Family Farm seeks an experienced farmer to join our team. The position is five days a week, 9-10 hours a day.

The Farmer will be responsible for field work, wash and pack shed activities, and tailgate and farm stand sales.

Primary Activities include (but are not limited to):
Organic and Sustainable IPM and Disease management Activities
Crop cultivation
Efficient Harvesting
Planting
Trellising- both building trellises and training plants to them
Tomato care- pruning, clipping, etc.
Seeding
Propagation House work- seeding, watering, organization
Wash and Pack activities and management- washing, packing, organizing vegetables, cleaning spaces
Amendment laying and field preparation
Selling produce at markets and in our farm stand

 


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

Skills Desired: Desired Skills Include: Positive attitude, self-motivated, efficient, physically fit, experience in farming and agriculture in a for-profit setting, experience working quickly and physically outside Additional skills we seek include in harvesting, cultivating, market sales, planting, trellising, field clean up, IPM activities, and post-harvest produce handling. Wash Shed Manager: Desired Skills Include: Experience working physically for extended periods of time, knowledge of post-harvest best practices for vegetables or a desire to learn this information, advanced organizational skills, experience with managing materials and information, ability to work efficiently, steadily, and independently.

Meals: Lots of farm veggies!

Stipend: $1,800-$2,000/month plus on farm housing/utilities or hourly compensation at $15-$20/hr depending on experience. We also give core team members end of year bonuses and profit sharing.

Housing: Yes. On farm housing is available in shared a two bedroom house with a kitchen and bathroom.

Preferred method of Contact: Email