Contact informationFarm Address:
298 Sluder Branch Rd
Leicester , North Carolina , 99357
Primary Contact: Anne Grier
Secondary Contact: Aaron Grier
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Gaining Ground Farm is located 15 minutes west of downtown Asheville. We specialize in growing vegetables in great diversity for sale to downtown restaurants and tailgate market customers. We currently grow vegetables on 12 acres of prime bottomland. We maintain a herd of Red Devon cattle on 65 acres of pasture, have a flock of free range chickens, and pasture raise 4-5 hogs per year. We have been selling at tailgate markets since 1998. We sell at 2 markets per week, from April through December, as well as through a 25-member CSA, and restaurant accounts in downtown Asheville. Our farm hosts farm dinners with various outside groups throughout the season.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: May/June 2019
Internship Ends: August-October 2019
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: Rolling
Minimum Length of Stay: 2 months
Work is 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. with 2 one hour breaks MTWFri, 6am-12 on Thursday and Saturdays. We work rain or shine in all temps. Work includes transplanting, cultivating, harvesting, market, cattle duties (setting up fence, moving, calf watch), chicken duties (watering, feeding, collecting eggs, washing and packing eggs), mowing, and seeding. Interns will rotate selling at the Saturday markets each week.
Educational Opportunities: Learn what it takes to run a farm with the money the farm is actually earning, spend time with livestock, and learn the planting schedule from seeding to harvesting for a multitude of vegetables. Equipment we use include: Kubota 75 hp tractor, John Deere 50 hp tractor, John Deere 75hp tractor, Farmall Super A cultivating tractor, Farmall C cultivating tractor, hot water heated benches, washline, overhead and drip irrigation, water wheel transplanter, mulch layer, rotovator, basket weeder, finger weeder, mist sprayer, jang seeder, BCS, hoophouses.
Skills Desired: Able to work in a group, be able to work efficiently with others and alone, and be able to live considerately within the community. This internship is most enjoyable and effective for individuals who are hoping to own and work their own farm, and/or who believe in and want to participate in the local food movement. We have found that individuals who enjoy cooking have been the happiest here oddly enough.
Meals: Meals are on your own, except for Monday lunch for crew meeting. Monthly Thursday evening potluck with CSA members. Produce, eggs, pork and beef from the farm is provided.
Stipend: $800 per month depending on experience. Beef, pork, eggs and produce. Learn what it takes to run a farm with the money the farm is actually earning, spend time with livestock, and learn the planting schedule from seeding to harvesting for a multitude of vegetables. Laughter during foggy mornings and sunny afternoons.
Housing: Two school buses,a potting shed, and loft space with shared kitchen. The intern bathroom and laundry is in the basement of our house.
Preferred method of Contact: email first