Contact informationFarm Address:
N3729 McGrath Lane
Pepin , Wisconsin , 95060
Primary Contact: Cynthia Lane
Secondary Contact: Laen
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: "Our vision is a village island in a vibrant matrix of wildness. We seek to heal our spirits, restore the health and resilience of the land, and live sustainably. <br><br> We are committed to preserving and restoring the unique plant and animal communities (see Conservation page) living in this driftless region of the Midwest. The land is hilly with ravines (coulees), a small spring-fed creek and is close to the Chippewa and Mississippi Rivers. Nights are star filled and deliciously quiet. <br><br> About 100 acres of the land is forest, restored prairie or a rare, remnant oak savanna. One of our main priorities has been to save the savanna, Snake Point Savanna. Savanna, a plant community of widely space oak trees with prairie understory, was once common in this part of the Midwest, but now less than 0.01 percent of the original 5.5 million acres remains. To contribute to the restoration of prairie, also now rare, we are restoring 30 acres of land once used for agriculture. <br><br> To support our community, and contribute to the local food system, we are establishing vegetable gardens, planting perennial fruit trees and shrubs, and building composting waste systems. Some of our goals for the near future are to have a flock of chickens, build a solar hot water showering system, and expand the tree and shrub nursery to generate income. <br><br> Currently our human village includes one full-time and up to six weekend or part-time residents. Our infrastructure includes a restored farmhouse, solar heated house, and several outbuildings. There are lots of scenic places to camp on the land and there is access to well water and an outside composting toilet. <br><br> We are committed to embracing and empowering the spirit of strong women and life affirming men, LGBT folks and people of color. "
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 5/1/2017
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: none
Minimum Length of Stay: 5 months
“Our passion is restoring the ecological health of the land, creating a sustainable homestead and a contributing to a thriving community. We are seeking people that are excited about working with us to create a rich, simple country life. This year we will be building an outdoor shower and converting another shower to solar, growing mushrooms and a veggie garden, planting and propagating fruit, nut and native trees and shrubs, and restoring a remnant oak savanna on the land. The ideal candidate will have basic carpentry and good communication skills, and have an interest for staying on the land longer-term. You will have a private room in the farm house and use of shared living-room, kitchen, and bathroom; access to 120 acres of land for hiking and camping; use of kayaks. Our arrangement is 28 hours work per week as exchange for housing and food. We tend to cluster the hours to 4 days so you have 3 days off to explore the area. A small stipend is available depending upon experience and there is potential for long-term participation in our initiative.”
Educational Opportunities: "I am a Ph.D. ecologist with experience in horticultural, botanical and restoration science. I am happy to share my knowledge with enthusiastic earth geeks. <br><br> I teach plant ID, field botany, mushroom growing and other courses at the homestead. Interns are welcome to participate in the classes for free. "
Skills Desired: "No experience necessary. A positive and enthusiastic attitude, and strong work ethic is appreciated. Basic carpentry skills and/or chainsaw experience will be an assest."
Meals: "Mostly vegetarian, eggs, and some meat."
Stipend: Small stipend depending on experience.
Housing: Private room in communal house.
Preferred method of Contact: email