Contact informationFarm Address:
1558 CR 548
Huntsville, -- , 72740
Primary Contact: Mark Cain
Secondary Contact: Michael Crane
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Dripping Springs Garden is the organic market garden project of Mark Cain and Michael Crane, who have been farming in the Ozark mountains of northwest Arkansas since 1984. The gardens consist of 3 acres of terraced raised beds and 11 greenhouses which produce cut flowers, vegetables, and herbs for the Fayetteville Farmers Market some 50 miles to the west. The garden borders beautiful Dry Fork Creek, a crystal-clear, spring-fed creek which supplies irrigation water for the garden and orchard, and provides cool, peaceful relaxation during the hot summer months. The garden is part of a larger 40 acre piece of land, mostly forested with oak and pine, and is quite isolated by the surrounding hills of the valley. For a more complete farm profile and photos, please email us for a document describing the farm and apprenticeship program.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 2/15 to 3/15 2022
Internship Ends: 10/30/2022, possibility of longer stay to Thanksgiving; also 2nd year options available
Number of Internship Available: 4 for 2022. Apply as soon as possible if interested.
Application Deadline: Rolling applications until positions are filled. Three positions still open as of 1/16/22.
Minimum Length of Stay: 6-7 months for paid interns, variable for volunteers
This is a unique opportunity to work with well-established organic farmers who have been farming for almost 4 decades, in a pristine Ozark Mountain setting. 4 full-time positions from early March through end of October with stipend that averages $800/mo, plus excellent accommodations and all meals, valued at $600/mo, in new timber frame house or garden yurts, for qualified candidates willing to commit 5 days/week in garden and 1 day per week helping sell veggies and cut flowers at market. Volunteer positions with room and board (depends on housing available) possible for shorter-term stays. Please email us for a complete description of activities and compensation. New intern housing in 4-bedroom timber frame house, plus yurts and upstairs barn room options. We cooperate with the University of Arkansas Center for Food and Farms apprenticeship program, and accepted interns have the possibility of enrolling in this program to receive supplementary education on farm-related topic prior to the start of the apprenticeship year,
Educational Opportunities: Please email us for our complete training plan, which includes organic greenhouse management, cut flower and vegetable production, hoophouse production, and direct marketing to natural foods store, restaurants, and a large Farmers Market. Interns participate in sales on Saturdays at a well-established Farmers Market. Opportunity to study ashtanga vinyasa and other forms of yoga and meditation with host farmer, with daily practice times worked into farm schedule. Often we have international students through the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (mesaprogram.org), adding interest to our work group. Also, with the help of the Center for Arkansas Food and Farms, we take several field trips to other farms in the area during the season, and interns have the opportunity to sign up for preparatory classes via Zoom in January and February prior to farm placement. We also have a once-weekly evening class time on the farm to specifically study Lean Farming and other cutting-edge market garden methodologies.
Skills Desired: Passionate enthusiasm for outdoor work with plants; friendly public presentation; suitability for group living situation and farmers markets; previous experience with horticultural work preferred; ability to work with field team; interest in yoga/meditation not required but helpful.
Meals: Vegetarian meals provided, with daily cooking rotation among interns and owners.
Stipend: Averages $800/mo plus room and board. Bonus possible for those who complete the full season apprenticeship. Room and board value of $600/mo.
Housing: Provided. Two yurts near the garden, 2 small private rooms in upstairs of timber frame barn, and 4 large private bedrooms in new timber frame guest house with two shared bathrooms and large shared kitchen, dining room, and living room.
Preferred method of Contact: Email or telephone