Contact information
Farm Address:
5500 Bennington Ave.
Kansas City, Missouri , 64129

Primary Contact: Brooke Salvaggio
Secondary Contact: Daniel Heryer

Primary Phone:
    Number: 913-522-3458
    Email: brooke@urbavorefarm.com

Secondary Phone
    Number: 913-522-3458
    Email: dan@urbavorefarm.com

    Email: dan@urbavorefarm.com

Website: http://www.urbavorefarm.com

Internship information
General Farm Description: URBAVORE is a biologically diverse farmstead set on 13.5 acres in Kansas City's urban core. Our energy-independent systems for food production, waste, water and shelter redefine sustainability to build community and ecology. Farmers Brooke Salvaggio and Daniel Heryer have delighted and satiated the palates of Kansas City's food community for over a decade. The farm is committed to producing the highest-quality and best tasting food crops while enhancing the land and building rich soil. URBAVORE produces a wide array of vegetables and fruits using a unique regenerative growing system that promotes living soil and nutrient-dense foods. Environmental ethics play a key role in URBAVORE's infrastructure and production model. The solar-powered farm operates a city-wide composting program, turning urban waste into rich soil. The farm family resides in an earth-bermed home with a composting toilet, off-grid water system, and grey/black water recycling. *Please take the time to thoroughly explore our website for comprehensive info regarding our growing practices, lifestyle, and philosophy.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: Live-in Apprentice: Mid March, Off-Farm Apprentice: Mid April
Internship Ends: Mid November
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: Open until filled (but we like to hire in JANUARY!!)
Minimum Length of Stay: Full season commitment (with some flexibility in the last month)

Internship Details:

Seeking a full-season commitment from two awesome individuals looking to gain valuable knowledge in “low-till” animal-powered vegetable & fruit production on a biologically diverse urban farm. This is a full-time position consisting of 45 hours per week in exchange for education, a weekly share of produce/eggs, and a monthly stipend. *On-farm housing is available for ONE apprentice. This intense, hands-on apprenticeship is ideal for highly motivated, hard-working individuals who hope to manage their own commercial farm one day. The day to day labor exposes the apprentices to the nitty gritty reality of ethical food production on a small scale. The apprentices will work both independently and alongside the farmers to reap the earth’s bounty and ride the many challenges along the way. Woohoo!!

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a resume and cover letter to brooke@urbavorefarm.com. Please be personable in your cover letter and tell me WHY you want to bust your butt at URBAVORE!

Educational Opportunities: Farm Apprentices will receive experience and education in organic market gardening, "low-till" regenerative cultivation practices, holistic orchard maintenance, berry production, integrated livestock management, rotational grazing, and direct marketing via farmers market. In addition to working the crop fields, the apprentices will be exposed to the daily chores pertaining to pastured poultry and a rotating herd of 20 heritage hogs. Our farm puts a particular emphasis on soil building & the development of sustainable ecosystems. The apprentices will experience the layering of cover crops, animals, and organic matter to produce ideal conditions for crop production. Food preservation & homesteading skills are accessible to those who have interest.

Skills Desired: Farm skills and building skills are desired, but not required. What we do require is an unrelenting work ethic and a sense of humor! We are only interested in applicants who are passionate, physically energetic, reliable, and continually fascinated by each element that composes our farm's thriving ecosystem. This internship is best suited for individuals who aspire to farm commercially using aspects of our unique regenerative system. *a GOOD ATTITUDE is a MUST

Meals: Meals are not provided. Interns prepare their own meals. Interns receive a weekly share of the farm's bounty and have endless access to "seconds" produce during the high season.

Stipend: The live-in Apprentice receives a stipend of $700 to $800 per month (depending on experience) plus education and a weekly share of veggies/eggs. The apprentice living off-farm receives a higher stipend, between $900 & $1000 per month to reflect their living costs, plus education, and a weekly share of veggies/eggs. *Higher stipends may be negotiable for those with lots of experience.

Housing: Housing is provided for ONE apprentice (although couples may apply together and get real cozy in the tiny trailer!!). Accommodation consists of a 16 foot camper trailer ideal for someone who yearns to "unplug" and live more sustainably. The set-up includes a composting toilet, hot water shower, kitchen, heat, AC, and basic internet. Surrounding area can be "created" to the individual's wildest desires with fire pits, gardens, hang-out & picnic areas, etc. We like creativity and encourage your personal touch!

Preferred method of Contact: email