Pig Farm in SW Colorado

Contact information
Farm Address:
11093 Road 40.5
Mancos, Colorado , 18328

Primary Contact: Brian Luy
Primary Phone:
    Number: 970-234-2982
    Email: luyslife@gmail.com


Internship information
General Farm Description: Head in the Clouds Ranch is a small 22 acre ranch in Southwest Colorado raising hogs and chickens. We practice regenerative agricultures through extensive composting, rotational grazing, and small scale food production. We currently have 5 KuneKune pigs that we are breeding, so should have piglets coming this Spring 2023. In April, we are getting 8 more hogs with the goal of processing them in October 2023. Both KuneKunes and the hogs are moved around the 22 acres with electrical fences throughout the spring/Summer to help with fire mitigation.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: 5/1/23
Internship Ends: 10/31/23
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: Rolling until 4/15/23
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months

Internship Details:

Due to the nature of ranching, these duties change slightly depending on the season and amount of precipitation. Changes will be noted on this document for reference. 

KuneKune Pig Care:

  1. Two Feedings daily (around 8 AM and 5 PM)
  2. Clean Pens
  3. Ensure water full
  4. Move fencing and pigs as needed

Hog pig care

  1. Two Feedings daily (around 8 AM and 5 PM)
  2. Ensure water full
  3. Move fencing and pigs as needed


  1. Water garden (by female pigs) daily & the roses in front of the house once per week (1/week)
  2. Harvest veggies as needed

Irrigation (depending on water allocation)

  1. Move once per week
  2. Ensure pond is filled

Barn cats

  1. Ensure have food and water

Dogs: If/when owners are out of town and have to leave their two dogs:

  1. Feed the dogs (Lua & Alma) : 1 scoop at or before 8 a.m. 
    1. Lua gets 1 pill of joint medicine with each meal
  2. Feed the dogs (Lua & Alma) : 1 scoop around 5 PM
    1. Lua gets 1 pill of joint medicine with each meal (and 1.5 scoops of food for dinner!)

No experience is required to apply, however we recommend that applicants have some prior agricultural exposure/experience or physical/outdoor work experience. Many host farms prefer applicants who have some previous outdoor or physical work experience.



Educational Opportunities:

Skills Desired: QUALIFICATIONS We are looking for a hard-working, self-motivated person who is able to communicate in a timely, direct manner and ask questions. An apprentice must be able to work quickly and deftly with their hands. This person must be able to follow directions of the farm manager and provide constructive feedback about operations. Attention to detail and adherence to our procedures is critical. Applicants should be ready for physical work and to lift 30lbs regularly. They should also be able to work outside in all weather conditions from rain to heat. We invite a person of any skill level to apply for as long as they are excited to learn about farming and work outside. The apprentice is required to have their own reliable transportation. An in-person visit is not required before a final placement decision is made.

Meals: No


Housing: Yes- private 1 Bedroom Cabin on the property. There is cell service throughout the ranch. Apprentice would be responsible for their own meals.

Preferred method of Contact: Email or Phone Call