Contact informationFarm Address:
31505 Hwy 92
Hotchkiss , Colorado , 28714
Primary Contact: Kaylee Armstrong
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: "We are a family operated farm located in the beautiful North Fork Valley of Colorado, which is home to numerous organic farms and orchards. Hotchkiss is a rural community with a limited social life. Hiking, biking and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors are abundant. Our main income comes from direct selling of our product at farmers' markets . We have a total of 90 acres, with about 10 under production. Teamwork is the name of our game. We cannot accommodate children or pets. We are a smoke, drug and alcohol free farm and do not permit the use of these substances while here. By family farm, I mean our children work with us and are an integral part of what we do. They range in age from 15-22 years old. Not only will you be working with them frequently, but often they will likely be your managers, and they all know more about how things are done at Abundant Life than you will! They have been raised on the farm and are hard workers. If you are interested, please contact us by phone or email. Our season starts in April/May and ends in early November. Our personal interests include languages (Japanese, Spanish), volleyball, reading, skiing, cooking, sewing, traveling, horses, and eating well. For many of our seasons, the interns and our family had a lot of fun playing volleyball! We hope to continue this tradition in the future."
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: April 1st till May 1st at the latest
Internship Ends: November 1st at the earliest
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: Email us to enquire
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months
“We are a small family farm seeking the help of a few hard working interns that have a serious interest in learning how to grow quality organic food. We need a solid commitment from May 1st until November 1st. We have tried shorter stays, but they do not work for our family or farm.
In exchange for your commitment and hard work you will receive the hands on experience needed in growing food organically as well running a small organic farm. We grow a large assortment of vegetable row crops including numerous varieties of heirloom tomatoes, zucchini, beets, sweet onions, kale, garlic, potatoes, peppers, snap peas, cucumbers, basil, cilantro, lettuce, arugula, salad mix, sweet corn, haricots verts, spinach, and a delicious selection of specialty melons. We also grow strawberries, blackberries, yellow plums, peaches and wild apricots.
Educational Opportunities: "You can expect to learn field production as well as greenhouse and hoop house management, planting, weeding, harvesting, post-harvest handling, weed and insect control, marketing, distribution, farmers' market set-up and sales, and customer service. We raise yaks and are happy to have added them to the grazing aspect of the farm. We planted an acre of peaches in the spring of 2010, and a smaller portion in 2012, 2013, and 2014. We also added beehives for pollination in the spring of 2010. We make value added products including jam, fresh salsa, pickles, and pasta sauce, in our on-site commercial kitchen. In the spring and later in October, you can expect to work 45-50 hours/week. August 1st till the end of September is very busy, some weeks reaching 55-60 hours/week. This is only necessary during this busy harvest time. The growing season in Colorado is short, and the intensive harvest time of the heat loving plants is also! We have to work hard to get the harvest in when it is ready. We realize that these are a lot of hours, and are committed to working together as a team to get the job done."
Skills Desired: "Love of the outdoors and tolerance to heat are a must! You should enjoy working with people, have a strong work ethic, be in good physical condition, be flexible regarding hours worked and tasks required, and be committed to customer service. Attention to detail would be an enormous benefit, but is not necessary. We encourage a farm visit if at all possible. Farming experience is not necessary."
Meals: "Most produce that we grow on the farm is available once there is an abundance of it. An exception to this would be our berries. Ask for details! This also does not include produce that we purchase for resale from other farmers. There is a natural food store located across the street for your convenience in shopping for other groceries. City Market is 3 miles away. Interns will need to purchase their own grain, meats etc., and will be cooking their own meals. Interns may cook together if they so choose."
Stipend: "The stipend is $225/ week paid weekly based on 45 hours per week, however, this is pro-rated, and you will be paid according to how many hours are actually worked. In the spring and later in October, you can expect to work 45-50 hours/week. August 1st till the end of September is very busy, some weeks reaching 55-60 hours/week. This is only necessary during this busy harvest time. The growing season in Colorado is short, and the intensive harvest time of the heat loving plants is also! We have to work hard to get the harvest in when it is ready. We realize that these are a lot of hours, and are committed to working together as a team to get the job done."
Housing: "Housing is included. There is a newer bathroom facility, an old funky kitchen and a bunk house for sleeping in, plus an independent bedroom. Tent camping is available if preferred (tents not included), with many beautiful options on our large property for setting up a tent. Laundry facilities are available in Hotchiss, about 3 miles from the farm."
Preferred method of Contact: Email