Contact informationFarm Address:
1050 Frenchmans Creek Road
Half Moon Bay , California , 49740
Primary Contact: Eric Munro
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: "Ananda Valley Farm is a spiritual center dedicated to helping spiritually seeking souls. Every year during the growing season, we look to attract a group of spiritually minded farming interns who will work together and support the inspirational aspirations of each other. The farm is owned and run by the Ananda Sangha a spiritual community dedicated to the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic ""Autobiography of a Yogi"". Interns are welcome to take meditation and yoga classes at our Palo Alto, CA center. The classes are free of charge in return for a work exchange with the center. The current calendar of classes is posted at: Ananda Palo Alto Calendar. We invite people of all faiths who have a desire to go deeper into their spiritual practices. Our interns have and seek to deepen their meditation practice. We are located nestled in a secluded valley on 65 acres which historically served as a sacred Indian burial ground. Ample springs and a constantly running creek bless the land with an overabundance of water. Pacific Ocean beaches are 2 miles away and the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay, California is 3 miles away. Four acres are currently cultivated, supplying organically grown vegetables to our CSA customers. Our new fruit orchard is on its way to becoming a Permaculture Forest. Chickens roam freely and supplement their organic feed by munching on fresh pasture greens. On the job training, regular discussions, and visits to nearby farms help interns learn about both environmentally and economically sustainable farming practices. Tent space is provided for your own tent. Farm produce and eggs are included along with basic staples: rice, beans, grains, & potatoes. Our kitchen is all-vegetarian. Bikes are available for the 3 mile trip to town. English and Spanish are both spoken at the Farm. Laundry facilities are available. Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to accommodate children or dogs. We have a strict policy of no alcohol or drug use (including marijuana) on the Farm. People are asked to use ear buds when listening to music so as not to interfere with the inner practices of others while they work. Interns work 25 hours per week. Work includes: planting, lots of weeding, irrigating and harvesting a variety of crops, fruit tree maintenance, washing and packing produce, caring for chickens, deliveries, and supporting monthly outreach events. Each intern is responsible for their share of cooking and cleaning. For a speedy response, please go to our website, fill out the application under ""Spiritual Farming Internships"" and email it to AnandaValleyFarm@gmail.com. Also please let us know the timing of your availability. Thank you and Joy to you, Your Friends at Ananda Valley Farm"
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: ASAP
Internship Ends: 11/30/2016
Number of Internship Available: 6
Application Deadline: When filled
Minimum Length of Stay: "> 2 months preferred, but flexible"
“Ananda Valley Farm is a young, growing farm, having started from only 20 CSA shareholders our first year, increasing to 75 our 2nd year, and expanding deliveries into a larger portion of the San Francisco Bay Area to double our shareholders to 150 this, our 3rd year. Our farm is certified organic and committed to increasing soil vitality every year. We are trialing a variety of techniques including no-till, tilling in wood chips, and cover cropping. Come learn and experiment with us.
Apprentices learn the full spectrum of managing a sustainable organic farm, including: composting; prepping nursery seedlings; organic fertilizing; maintaining soil vitality; direct seeding; transplanting; irrigating; managing pests and weeds organically; orchard maintenance; harvesting; management of hens and egg production; pasture health; training and leading volunteers.
A typical day might begin by spreading feed for the 180 clucking chickens, an optional time of quiet meditation in our yurt, coffee and scrambled eggs in our modern group kitchen, sharpening the day?s hand tools, setting gopher traps, prepping and fertilizing new veggie beds, getting seeding trays started, guiding volunteers in planting four- week-old lettuce transplants, spreading a layer of compost as mulch, breaking for a lunch of fresh vegetables and pasta, collecting hen?s eggs, cultivating the broccoli beds, adjusting a new gate through the deer fencing, using our Kubota tractor to turn the compost piles, adjusting the drip irrigation in the high tunnel hoop house, and perhaps completing the day with a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean 2 miles down the driveway.
Educational Opportunities: "You will have the opportunity to work side by side with experienced farmers. Our farm foreman has over 40 years of experience managing work crews on this very farm site, and is a master at tractor use and irrigation systems. You couldn?t have a better person to learn the nuts and bolts of practical farming from, while learning from the rest of us how to apply the more sustainable approaches our farm now use. Our whole crew attends agriculture workshops offered at some of the dozen organic farms in our Coastside region."
Skills Desired: "The most important things we look for are a positive attitude, a love of hard physical labor, a passion for growing good food and a desire to deepen their inner spiritual life. Our successful candidates will ask lots of questions, take initiative, be curious, observant, & eager to learn from their elder farmers, full of good ideas, and practical enough to see the steps necessary to implement them. Interns come to use to learn agriculture while living in an alcohol/drug/smoke free environment. They usually already practice meditation or have a strong desire to start."
Meals: "Meals can be made with the farm?s fresh produce and eggs. Basic food staples like beans, rice, spices and oils are also provided. Sometimes we cook together; other times individuals choose to cook singly. Our common kitchen at the farm is vegetarian."
Stipend: "Every year during the growing season, we look to attract a group of spiritually minded farming interns who will work together and support the inspirational aspirations of each other. Interns learn organic, sustainable agriculture while meditating together and, as desired, attend spiritual classes at the Ananda Palo Alto Center. We have one opening for a full-time, paid apprentice, with a $1,000/month stipend. Clean driving record needed. In addition we have unpaid internship positions. This position is unpaid. Tent space and farm food provided in return for 25 hours/week of focused farm work. See our website brochure for more info."
Housing: "Apprentices share a fully furnished kitchen/bathing/social lounge facility complete with state-of-the-art stove, commercial refrigerator, and cozy couches. Each apprentice has their own private tent under a sheltering roof with a soothing view of the local pond, as well as free use of a washer and dryer, and a yurt. A variety of recreational opportunities abound nearby: creekside picnicking, ocean beaching, swimming, and surfing right down the road, ocean bluff hiking, bike riding, charming coastal downtown Half Moon Bay, Big Sur, and much more. Notably, we are located a short 35 minute drive from all the famous sites of ""the city by the Bay"", San Francisco. We encourage our apprentices to explore the area on days off."
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