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The Draw Permaculture Sanctuary

Contact information
Farm Address:
34320 Old County Road K

Bayfield , Wisconsin ,

Primary Contact: Nathaniel Larson
Secondary Contact: Shyam Gray

Primary Phone:
    Number: 715-779-0155

Secondary Phone




Internship information
General Farm Description: "The Draw Gardens is a land-based regenerative community located on the tip of the Bayfield Peninsula- 3 miles from the lake on 3 sides, and 15 miles north of the town of Bayfield, WI. We are situated on 265 acres of mostly forested land. The 25 acres we actively utilize is used for many different purposes including, but not limited to: annual vegetable and herb production; intensive grazing of cattle, sheep, and poultry; our diverse perennial nursery and plantings; aquaculture system; and food forests. We are committed to a life in which we embody the truth of our interconnectedness with all that is, and we choose a lifeway that creates healing at all levels. "

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: No specific start date
Internship Ends: No specific end date
Number of Internship Available: 4
Application Deadline: No deadline
Minimum Length of Stay: preferably 1 month

Internship Details:

“Our internship/co-creator program is a great way to enmesh yourself into the community and participate in diverse projects. We are looking for self motivated people eager to learn. Interns eat all meals with the community sharing the cooking and cleaning responsibilities. Essentially it is their home for as long as they are here. The community expects the individual to put at least five days of work a week in on the land. Three of those days will be dictated by the community (generally a group project). The other two days will be self-directed on the condition that the community supports the enterprise. Possible projects are endless. We have had people interested in compost tea, mushroom cultivation, herbal medicine, charcoal production for a carbon sink and terra preta, earthen plasters, building woodworking tools such as a shavehorse and a kick lathe and forest gardening. It is also perfectly acceptable for the intern to work with community members on their projects throughout their stay. We hope to create an environment of learning, growth, and creativity.”

Educational Opportunities: "Priorities for 2017 include: plant propagation (grafting and cuttings), expanding our medicinal herb gardens, intensive grazing of milk cows and sheep, planting - lots of planting of annuals and perennials, evolution of our aquaculture system, fluffing past plantings, hosting a 10 day permaculture design course, and all sorts of other interesting things that come up. We feel like internships of this kind are the best way to become grounded in real life skills and a holistic/systems epistemology. Think of it as the new age university without the debt."

Skills Desired: A strong commitment to stay and work on the land. Please ask for further details. Decisions are situational and individual.

Meals: " We cook and eat meals as a group. We eat all organic and mostly off the land, including meat and dairy. "

Stipend: No monetary stipend

Housing: We have three small screened-in intern cabins available on a first-come first-serve basis. There is also room to camp if a person prefers.

Preferred method of Contact: Telephone