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Curtis W Mraz

Contact information
Farm Address:
816 Barnum Street

Sheffield , Massachusetts ,

Primary Contact: Curtis
Secondary Contact:

Primary Phone:
    Number: 413-229-3092

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Internship information
General Farm Description: "A small, diverse, eco-agriculture farm that produces clean food, Moon In The Pond Farm is committed to diversity, permaculture, and organic principles and holds a mission to educate. Moon In The Pond is dedicated to increasing the understanding of the importance of sustainable local food systems and conducts a wide variety of educational programs within the setting of a working, diversified, artisanal farm. We work with individuals and groups to teach the value and cultural necessity of sustainable farming and vital rural agricultural communities. Moon In The Pond draws on traditional and modern knowledge and demonstrates the skills and techniques of ecological local food production."

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: 11/1/2018
Internship Ends: 11/1/2019
Number of Internship Available: 3
Application Deadline: 10/25/2018
Minimum Length of Stay: 1 year

Internship Details:

“The New Farmers Full-Year Program is designed for aspiring new farmers. Apprentices study, work, and live at Moon In The Pond Farm and participate in all of the broad series of tasks and functions required to support, maintain and operate a diverse, actively productive, small, sustainable farm. We raise heritage breed animals (pigs, cattle, sheep, ducks, chickens, and honey bees) and produce a significant amount of vegetables.

While apprentices are participating in the work and life of the farm, they are guided in studies in a wide variety of farm related disciplines. The program?s informal ‘kitchen-table? and in situ classes, workshops and studies use a spontaneous, natural curriculum that flows from and follows the seasonal work of the farm. This total immersion, intensive full year program also teaches students the nature of responsibility ? the ability to respond with honesty, thoughtfulness, respect and maturity ? to our environment in all its aspects: from weather and seasons, animals and plants, to personal relationships with family and community, both locally and globally. The New Farmers Program equips new farmers with working knowledge and familiarity, skills and awareness of sustainable farm life so that they can lead full and successful lives as well rounded, capable rural citizens. Our Apprentices are a vital force on the farm. We look for passionate, intelligent people who can learn quickly and work hard.

Young farmers also participate in, and learn to conduct aspects of other Moon In The Pond Farm School programs (e.g.: workshops, classes, tours and farm-to-farm exchange). On completion of the New Farmers Program participants may have the opportunity to participate in””Farm Ambassadors?, Moon In The Pond?s foreign exchange program at Tenuta di Paganico, in Tuscany, Italy.

Apprentices can expect to muck, mulch, milk, mow, herd, hay, harvest, hoe, water, weed, seed, feed, fence, fix, forage, clean, plant, transplant, tidy, clean, scrub, pick, stake, rake, wash, build, record, sweep, swear, study, organize, observe, report, cry, compost, cook, laugh, laugh and laugh. There are always special projects underway and all projects are special. Work is life and includes at least 55+ hours/week, with hours and days varying necessarily. We work hard at a steady pace, outdoors, in the sun/rain, cold/heat, beautiful Berkshire weather.

Participants stay in their own rooms in the 1810 farm house. Apprentices, Interns and WWOOFers prepare, cook, and eat meals together, with Farmer Dom, in the farmhouse kitchen. As part of the homestead household and in keeping with the full experience of farm life, apprentices share in the upkeep, housework, daily home maintenance. They have free access to and use of domestic facilities (bathroom, shower, clothes washer, etc.). Full board is provided. Meals are all organic and from the farm (veggies, meat, eggs, milk, yogurt, honey, fruit, etc.) whenever possible.

An Apprentice stipend of $600/month is paid in addition to room, board, and daily instruction. It is necessary that applicants assess their financial status and determine if they are able to support themselves for the duration of their commitment.

Farm Education is currently expanding our educational programs. We are pursuing the construction of an agricultural education center which would serve to teach, house interns and apprentices, and produce our value added products like hot sauce, sauerkraut, and pickles. We are looking for a dedicated individual that is excited to engage with and participate in the growth of this non profit.

Moon In The Pond Farm is operated by Farm Education Inc., a certified non-profit that is determined to make lasting food systems change through hands on agricultural education. Farm Education Inc. is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women. Please do not hesitate to inquire about the availability of seasonal positions as well.

Educational Opportunities: Consistent educational opportunities

Skills Desired: "Dedicated, farm experience, good natured, fun, smart"

Meals: "Provided, local, seasonal, farm fresh, organic"

Stipend: $600/month

Housing: Provided

Preferred method of Contact: Email