Contact informationFarm Address:
7927 Hygiene Rd
Longmont, Colorado, 80503
Primary Contact: Erin
Secondary Contact: Jason
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Aspen Moon Farm is in Boulder County, CO and has been feeding the community for 10 years! Located in a quiet picturesque rural setting with brilliant views of the Rocky Mountains, but conveniently 10 minutes from town. Certified Organic and Biodynamic, we grow a heavy supply of starter plants for gardeners in the spring and then top-quality diverse vegetables, berries, flowers, herbs, heritage grains, and storage crops all summer and on into December. We try to feed our community 9-10 months out of the year. We have a fantastic staff with many returning from last year. We provide a catered staff lunch once a week through most of the season cooked with our most current and abundant farm produce! This helps to nourish us all while we are giving so much to the farm. We are helped along by the dignified (sometimes not so dignified) ministrations of 14 kind-hearted cows, a gaggle of escape-artist chickens, a small herd of Navajo Heritage sheep including their aspiring guard dog, a spunky mini-horse, an elusive band of wandering cats, and some very busy bees. We foster a positive working environment and we take pride in bringing the absolute best quality and most nutritious produce to our customers.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: June 1
Internship Ends: November 2020 (Thanksgiving)
Number of Internship Available: 3
Application Deadline: April
Minimum Length of Stay: Full season
Internship positions at Aspen Moon Farm are meant for those wishing to pursue a career in farming. Previous farm experience is preferred. Those interested in hobby gardening will not fit this position. 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. Good communication skills, ability to work well with lots of different types of people, and the ability to take good care of yourself are needed traits. Interns are expected to arrive ready to work with appropriate attire and the means to meet other personal needs. Aspen Moon is the steward for 99 acres, of which about 25 is cultivated in crops. Currently, we are not going to Farmers Markets due to COVID, but our CSA has increased to 800 members and our roadside Farm Stand and online store is thriving. We grow and sell certified Organic starter plants and seeds in the Spring. We have a large team of AMF staff in order to accomplish all this. Interns are prioritized to receive the most diversified work possible. We want interns to take part in everything. Work weeks will be Monday-Friday 8-12 hours/day plus some Farmers Markets on Saturdays (you are paid additionally for all Saturdays worked so there is opportunity to make more money if desired). Rotating daily farm chores, such as animal care and opening hoop houses may be additional work outside of these hours. Live an outdoor lifestyle with a strong community of like-minded people, but with plenty of opportunity for personal space and independence!
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 starts seamlessly after the summer internship if desired. Please inquire for more info.
Educational Opportunities: 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! Interns may not be directly involved in all aspects of the farm work, but will be present to see everything. Expect to be challenged!
Skills Desired: Must be able to commit to the full season. Agricultural or related experience preferred. Bilingual a plus. Must be able to work well with others and independently.
Meals: Access to farm produce and incredibly delicious eggs. You take care of other groceries and cooking in a nice shared kitchen. A weekly catered lunch is provided for much of the season, made with farm produce and prepared by a local chef.
Stipend: Interns living on the Farm are paid a stipend of $300-$450/week plus share of the produce, eggs and honey as available.
Housing: We currently have 3 spots in a 3 bedroom, on-site, small farm house that includes a communal kitchen, bath, washer, and living area. The house is newly remodeled and sits on the 19 acre parcel across the street from the original farm.
Preferred method of Contact: email