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High Desert Seed & Gardens

Contact information
Farm Address:
22764 hwy 550 S
Montrose, Colorado, 81403

Primary Contact: Laura Parker
Primary Phone:
    Number: 970-275-3409

Secondary Phone
    Number: 970-240-3701


Internship information
General Farm Description: Positioned in the fertile Uncompahgre Valley at the base of the San Jaun Mountains, High Desert Seed And Gardens offers an un-paralleled opportunity to be part of the dynamic farming team. Come learn, laugh and live on our 60 acre farm/ranch bordering the Uncompahgre River. Grounded in the principles and practices of organic agriculture, biodynamics, and the tenants of Holistic Management, our mission driven operation values people, and their input. We are a new company farming 3.5 acres, energized to try new avenues and experiment. We grow hundreds of varieties as part of our seed business and for market. We love unique, beautiful, resilient and most importantly tasty varieties. We sell our produce to farmer markets, restaurants. Our mission is to provide sustainably produced food and seed adapted to high-mountain and desert regions, in order to maintain biological diversity, regional resiliency, and seed sovereignty. We strive to be a source of information about seed saving, seed issues, and sustainable high altitude growing techniques.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: May
Internship Ends: 10/31/2019
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: None
Minimum Length of Stay: 4 Months

Internship Details:

High Desert is looking for hardworking and passionate team members. Work will include planting, weeding, harvesting, record keeping and marketing farm produce to restaurants, farmers markets, retail outlets, and schools. Intern will work in greenhouses and field production. Our goal is to create a fun, educational work experience that supports a viable business. We engage with the larger farming community through harvest dinners, volunteer work days, and "hoe downs!"

Educational Opportunities: Intern will learn everything about running a small scale farm based in sustainable farming practices, as well as running a seed production farm. Intern will gain an introduction to seed saving, setting up field trials, food safety, production planning, and marketing aspects of the farm. Intern will learn basic growing skill in the green house and in the field. In addition they will learn various technique for maintaining / building soil heath, managing weeds and pests. Intern will be involved in flood and drip irrigation. Additionally they will have the opportunity to learn food preservation and culinary skills.

Skills Desired: Previous work on a production farm is a plus but not required. We would like to see applicant have an excellent work ethic, is self-motivated, and the ability to work with a team and the public. Interns must be able/willing to work outside and lift 40 pounds. References and resume a plus.

Meals: We cook and eat a mid day feast together most everyday. You will have access to food produced on the farm as well as grass finished beef from Parker Pastures, farm eggs, and staple goods (flour, oats, beans, etc).

Stipend: Paid hourly + Room and Board. Pay negotiable depending on experience.

Housing: Camper trailer is available for the Summer months. Other options may be available.

Preferred method of Contact: Phone or email