Contact informationFarm Address:
619 Camp Joy Rd
Zionville, North Carolina , 28698
Primary Contact: Holly Whitesides
Secondary Contact: Andrew Bryant
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Against the Grain is a small-scale diversified farm located 15minutes from downtown Boone in Zionville, NC. We live on 35 acres and raise a broad spectrum of certified Organic and Biodynamic vegetables on a little under 2 acres. We also raise pastured, Animal Welfare Approved chicken, turkey, pork, beef and goat. We focus on three main market channels including 2 weekly farmer's markets, a 20 week Vegetable CSA, and several area restaurants. The 2020 season will be our ninth year in crop production and seventh year in animal production at our current farm place. We enjoy involving apprentices in the process of continuing to refine our crop rotation, cover crop management, harvesting and composting techniques. Our focus at Against the Grain is to nurture the soil in order to grow high quality, nutritious food for our local community.
CRAFT Member Farm? Yes
Internship Starts: march-april
Internship Ends: october-november
Number of Internship Available: 5
Application Deadline: until filled
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months
Farmers work closely with crew members to build a strong team and positive work environment. In general, apprenticeships involve learning by doing, and through the process of doing the work of the farm, crew members will have the opportunity to gain experience in greenhouse management, transplanting techniques, soil fertility, weed control, pest management, irrigation, composting, harvesting, marketing, equipment use/maintenance, record keeping, Biodynamic preparations and livestock management. We have “point positions” which allow crew members to focus their experience on one area of the farm, while still gaining plenty of exposure to other areas. Our point positions include greenhouse, livestock, packshed, crop and soil.
We encourage crew members to ask questions, as well as offer their ideas and perspectives. We recognize all members of our team as valuable and essential to the development of the farm individuality. You can read a more complete description on our website: www.atgfarm.com/work
Educational Opportunities: We do our best to give clear explanations during the course of the work of the day and try to explain “how” and “why” as we work. Occasionally, we will have evening discussion/films on topics including soil fertility, basic botany, and management of weeds, insects, and diseases. We also have a small farm library, to which apprentices will have full access. We are not specifically a teaching farm, but we will do our best to convey as much of our knowledge as we can reasonably, while we work. There is a CRAFT network, hosted by Blue Ridge Women in Ag, which hosts field days on farms in our area, and we strongly encourage interns to attend. There is also a local biodynamic/anthroposphical study group that is an option for interns.
Skills Desired: No previous farming experience is required.
Meals: no, apprentices are responsible for preparing their own meals but unlimited produce and a meat stipend are provided by the farm.
Stipend: yes, we offer a cash stipend, starting at $600-$800 per month, depending on experience. We also offer a monthly meat and egg stipend.
Housing: Yes, each apprentice will have access to their own private, insulated sleep shed. All apprentices share a common four-seasons kitchen and shower.
Preferred method of Contact: email