Aspen Moon Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
7940 Hygiene Rd
Longmont, Colorado, 80503

Primary Contact: Erin
Secondary Contact: Jason


Primary Phone:
    Type:
Cell
    Number: *please email*
    Email: info@aspenmoonfarm.com

Website: https://www.aspenmoonfarm.com/

Internship information
General Farm Description: Owners Jason and Erin started Aspen Moon Farm as a small family farm in 2009 with 3 young children in tow. The Farm has grown little by little into what is now quite a prominent part of the local community. It is now the team of all Aspen Moon staff (aka Farmily) that makes the Farm rock-n-roll. Every person along with their dedication and attention to detail is an essential part of the day to day success of the Farm. Aspen Moon is the steward for a total of 99 acres, of which about 25 is cultivated in crops. We currently have a 600+ member CSA, a lively seasonal outdoor roadside Farmstand, and attend 2 weekly Saturday Farmers Markets in Boulder and Longmont. This is a lot and takes a significant amount of organizing and flexibility, and requires a significant amount of administrative work by owners Jason and Erin. The Farm is a combination of owned and leased land; 36 acres are located in Hygiene where the intern houses are and 63 acres are about 20 minutes away in Niwot (connected to a Waldorf School). The students come to participate in the Farm some in the Fall and we are continuing to develop this relationship with the school. All of our crops are started from seeds we plant. We grow some of our own seeds and then plant those seeds for the full cycle of life! We grow and sell certified organic starter plants to gardeners in the Spring, continuing the season by offering a great diversity of veggie crops including berries, and finishing up the Fall heavy with storage crops including our own heirloom cornmeal, popcorn, and heritage wheat. We love to farm and are passionate about being part of growing the local food community. We are dedicated to the Biodynamic method. We have been small business owners for over 18 years (previously we did landscaping and building). We farm because we love it, but also because we have the need and desire to have a profitable business. This is important for providing sustainability. Our goal is for interns to observe the entire operation of a small farm, from the more obvious: plant and crop care, to the less obvious: marketing, record-keeping, management, trouble-shooting, adapting to a seasonal schedule, and the occasional harvesting into the cold darkening hours before a big storm. Interns may not be directly involved in all aspects of the farm work, but will be present to see everything. Every year we have some great returning staff and we have learned that it is the WHOLE family of staff along with a positive working environment that makes the Farm awesome.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: September 2022
Internship Ends: November 23, 2022 (Thanksgiving)
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: September
Minimum Length of Stay: Full season through November 23, 2022

Internship Details:

Finish out the season with us and you’ll be in a good place to decide about next season. We have 1 intern position open now due to one person having to leave because of an injury.
This is peak harvest season- a great fun time to join the Farm! FYI- The rest of the descriptions here applies to the whole season which is good info for next year.. To be immersed in the whole Farm for an entire season is truly an exceptional experience and is the only true way to get a taste for the life of farming. You will come to appreciate weather, soil, water, and work in entirely new ways. You will live and breathe the FARM!! Expect to be challenged! This is serious work and demands a person who is strong in physical body, mind, and spirit. Physical demands are high and involve long hours of work in all kinds of weather including rain, snow, wind, and dry heat; sometimes with prevalent mosquitoes too. Intern positions at Aspen Moon Farm are meant for those wishing to pursue a career in farming. Those interested in hobby gardening will not fit this position. Previous farm experience is preferred. Interns are expected to arrive ready to work with appropriate attire and the means to meet other personal needs (health insurance, phone, computer, transportation, boots and gear for working in all weather, food other than farm produce, etc…). No partners or pets can be accommodated and no tobacco use is permitted. A one-month trial period will be followed by an evaluation to see if this is a good fit for both you and the farm. Work weeks will be 5 days of 8-10h including Farmers Market on Saturdays. Daily farm chores, such as animal care and opening hoophouses may be additional work. We provide a nourishing snack feast for the staff on Friday afternoons May-October. This helps to nourish our whole AMF team while we are giving so much in time and labor.
The primary work of a first year intern involves Spring plant care and greenhouse work, harvesting, rotating livestock care, preparing for CSA and markets, field work with hand tools, BD fertility and pest management, and helping manage the roadside Farm stand. After completing a year as an intern at Aspen Moon Farm, one may apply for a second year of employment as a crew leader (which involves some management and record keeping).
A typical midsummer work week for interns is T-F and Saturday farmers market. March and April may be M-F.
Tuesday- Thursday: harvest for CSA & farm stand, pack CSA shares, afternoon field work, and rotating schedule of working afternoon CSA distribution along with running the roadside Farm Stand.
Fridays- Harvest for Saturday market, load trucks, and plan for next week’s CSA
Saturdays- working Farmers Market 5/6am-3/4pm (includes load and unload time)
Please note: We follow all covid protocols when applicable, including mask wearing, social distancing, handwashing, and sanitizing. All employees are required to follow all policies.

Additional opportunity: The winter internship is different because the farm is somewhat sleeping. Structured primarily as work/trade. 60 hrs of work per month in exchange for housing and utilities. Off-site jobs can be accommodated (with some limitations). Ideally this position is followed seamlessly by the summer internship if desired. Please inquire for more info.

To apply:
Please send a resume, 3 work references (preferably your last 3 employers regardless of the type of work, and please indicate who and when on your resume the references apply to), and respond to the following questions:
1. Have you worked on a farm? (if your answer is no, please describe any applicable work experience and explain why you think you would be a good farmer)
2. Describe your farm work experience and list your set of skills.
3. What will you contribute to our farm?
4. What do you hope to gain from your internship experience?
5. When things get hard, what do you do to take care of yourself?
6. What is Biodynamic agriculture to you?
7. Tell us something about yourself that you would like to share.
8. Full legal name, contact information.


Educational Opportunities: We will train you to harvest all types of crops, to prune and trellis tomatoes in the field and Hoop House environment, to prune and care for bell pepper crop, extensive greenhouse training is provided for interns who start in the early Spring, how to transplant efficiently with water wheel tractor operated implements, introduction to cut-flower operation and bouquet making, how to harvest process and store heritage grains. To be immersed in the whole farm for an entire season is truly an exceptional experience and is the only true way to get a taste for the life of farming. You will come to appreciate weather, soil, water, and work in entirely new ways. You will live and breath the FARM!! Though we farm because we love it, we also run a sound business operation. This is important and provides sustainability. Our goal is for interns to observe the entire operation of a small farm from, the more obvious plant care to the less obvious marketing, budgeting, record-keeping, management, trouble-shooting, and the occasional harvesting broccoli in the dark because there was a lot more than you expected under that row cover! Expect to be challenged!

Skills Desired: • Must be able to commit to the full season of March/April- November. • Agricultural experience, preferably with vegetable production • Must have the ability to work long hours in all kinds of weather and to be able to lift 50lbs+ • Must be interested in pursuing a career in agriculture • Must be able to work well with a team and be independently motivated during non-work hours. • Must be interested in and willing to jump in and contribute to all aspects of farming, which is the best way to learn about it all too. • An ability to pace one’s self, working faster when the job requires speed, is a plus

Meals: Access to farm produce, along with a proper customizable CSA share, and incredibly delicious eggs. You take care of other groceries and cooking in a nice shared kitchen. We provide a nourishing snack feast for the staff on Friday afternoons May-October.

Stipend: We pay hourly instead of a stipend based on feedback from previous interns. This way you make more when your work more. The internship is full-time 40-45 hrs/week. $14/hr. with potential to raise. Extra work hours are available on Mondays for extra income. Farm produce and eggs are provided. We offer other positions on the farm at a higher hourly rate, but they do not include the training and diversity of work that is part of the internship program. We prioritize diversity of work for Farm Interns!

Housing: Housing on the Farm is required for this position (because rotating livestock care is part of the schedule) at an affordable rate of $650/month, which includes utilities and wifi. Intern housing includes your own bedroom in house with shared kitchen, bath, and living space. The house is lightly furnished with bed, dresser or shelves, couch, and basic kitchen items. We also offer a 4 month winter internship that you may inquire about.

Preferred method of Contact: email