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Camp Celo

Contact information
Farm Address:
775 Hannah Branch Rd
Burnsville, North Carolina , 28714

Primary Contact: Olivia Sanders
Primary Phone:
    Number: 9199244361



Internship information
General Farm Description: Camp Celo is a family-run summer camp for kids ages seven to twelve, located on a fully-operating family farm in western North Carolina. The kids experience the mountains and farm as part of a camp community that shares the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, care for the Earth, integrity, peace, and community. All food from our 1.5 acre garden goes directly to the camp kitchen to be prepared fresh for the campers and staff. The garden is a central part of the camp community and typically provides to the kitchen about 5,000 pounds of vegetables each summer. We also raise dairy cows, dairy goats, pigs, chickens, and rabbits for the campers' farm experience. Visit us at for more information about our program.

CRAFT Member Farm? Yes

Internship Starts: May 1, 2020 (flexible)
Internship Ends: Flexible, prefer whole-season applicants
Number of Internship Available: 1-2
Application Deadline: April 15
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months

Internship Details:

The Garden Apprentice is an integral part of the seasonal staff at Camp Celo. The Garden Apprentice(s) will work alongside the Garden Managers in all aspects of garden care and garden-related camp programming for 30 hours per week. Garden work include seeding, transplanting, weeding, soil care, bed preparation, pest and disease management, harvesting, record-keeping, and more. There will also be opportunities to work with and care for the livestock (cows, pigs, chickens, goats, and rabbits). During camp sessions (June 1- August 15), the Garden Apprentice will also assist Garden Managers and Counselors in hosting groups of campers through activities in the garden; some will be focused on a work task, and others will be fun, creative activities that take place in the garden. The Garden Apprentice position is designed to be an educational position to learn about farm management, agroecology, and leadership. This position is available to a single person or a couple.

Key Responsibilities:

-Help to create a welcoming and inspirational vegetable garden that is ecologically diverse, kid friendly, safe, and well tended
-Contribute to all aspects of vegetable production, including but not limited to: seeding, planting, cultivating, harvesting, and end of season cleanup
-Provide support and leadership to camp staff as they interact with campers in the garden.
-Create and help lead garden-related activities for campers.
-Help lead work groups of high-school aged helpers during the summer
-Help lead groups of campers through garden chores each day
-Help maintain perennial plantings of raspberries, blueberries, herbs and flowers
-Assist with livestock chores
-Help to tend the livestock through rotational grazing

Educational Opportunities: Participation in the local chapter of the CRAFT program, on-farm educational experiences, visits to other local farms. The garden manager holds a 4 year degree in Agroecology and hopes to share theoretical aspects of soil science, environmental science, and agroecology with the apprentice(s) throughout the season as well.

Skills Desired: Necessary Skills and Experience: Ability to lift 40lbs Cheerful, flexible attitude Desire to learn about sustainable agriculture Effective communication skills Ability to learn on the job Ability to work independently Ability to lead others through tasks Desire to work with children and teenagers Commitment to living in an alcohol, smoke, and drug free community Clear Background Check

Meals: For the part of the summer when camp is in session (June 1- Aug 15), all meals will be provided. For the rest of the time, fresh food from the garden and eggs will be provided as available. Please apply here:

Stipend: Compensation:Private housing provided. Full meals covered during camp sessions (June 1- August 15) $300/month stipend for 30 hours/week Apply here:

Housing: Yes

Preferred method of Contact: email