Highgate Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
782 Indian Grave Gap Rd.
1 Rigsby Rd.
Marshall, North Carolina , 28753

Primary Contact: Melissa Harwin
Secondary Contact: John Kunkle

Primary Phone:
    Number: 828-450-0709
    Email: highgatefarm@earthlink.net

Secondary Phone
    Number: 8284-50-0708
    Email: highgatefarm@earthlink.net

    Email: highgatefarm@earthlink.net


Internship information
General Farm Description: "Highgate Farm is a small Certified Naturally Grown market garden and off-grid homestead surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Marshall, NC where we produce high quality mixed produce for sale at area tailgate markets, to area chefs, and through our CSA.Our business model is inspired by the traditional French Market Garden, producing a broad selection of products with great attention to detail. As a small scale CNG farm, our practices are closely aligned with NOP standards. We employ a walk-behind and small tractor, hand tools, drip irrigation, a passive solar propagation house, spun row cover, NOP compliant inputs and integrated pest management (IPM)."

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: 4/1/2020
Internship Ends: 11/15/2020
Number of Internship Available: 4
Application Deadline: none
Minimum Length of Stay: "Employee 12 months, Apprentice 7 months, Intern 3 months"

Internship Details:

“Salaried Employee will be expected to participate in farm-related operations as needed 30-55hrs/wk.
Interns and Apprentices will participate in farm and homestead learning and work activities as needed, from 30-55hrs/wk.
Activities will include greenhouse propagation, all aspects of field work from seeding/transplanting through cultivation, harvest and clean-up, processing and packing product and participating in market sales. Regular field rounds, and a weekly planning and debriefing meeting are also part of the schedule. A minimum of one day off each week will be provided to each individual. Occasional group outings for swimming, ice cream, beers, music, etc. are also included”

Educational Opportunities: "We offer hands-on individual and group training, experience and education, in all aspects of market gardening following organic methods, from planning through sales, including propagation, fieldwork, harvest, handling and record-keeping. We also provide opportunities to participate in farm and homesteading activities such cooking and preserving, building, and harnessing renewable energy. We are happy to share our 30+ years of organic farming & homesteading experience and related knowledge, a love and knowledge of food, cooking, and our natural environment, as well as our extensive library on related and other topics of interest. Other nearby farmers and beekeepers are often willing to offer opportunities for work and learning. The NC Cooperative Extension Service is nearby, and provides resources including education, training, information and facilities. As a member of CRAFT, interns/apprentices may take advantage of the many educational and networking opportunities offered, often at nearby farms.

Skills Desired: "Employee: A strong interest in food and food production, a minimum of 3 years full-time experience in small produce operation, and a willingness to adapt skills and techniques to meet our needs, is required. Ability to take direction and follow detailed plans, work independantly and lead a small crew. Flexibility and collaboration will be expected. The ability to work long hours performing physically demanding work in sometimes harsh conditions. General work skills of reliability and follow through, clear, respectful communication, and attention to detail are expected. A cheerful disposition is most appreciated! Apprentices/Interns: A strong desire to learn about food and food production is required. Those who are ready to learn and find satisfaction in hard work and a job well done will find much success here. Some experience working with plants and food is helpful. All applicants should expect to get up early, and to work long hours performing physically demanding work in sometimes harsh conditions. General work skills of reliability? and follow through, clear, respectful communication, and attention to detail are expected. A cheerful disposition is most appreciated!"

Meals: Interns & Apprentices have access to a shared kitchen, stocked with cooking staples, are provided with A monthly grocery stipend, and are welcome to farm fresh produce. A pic-nic lunch is provided on work days.

Stipend: Employee Salary: $20-24K/year with 2 weeks PTO Apprentice Stipend: graduated up to $750/month with one week PTO Intern Stipend: $250/month

Housing: "Apprentice and intern accomodations are off grid and include a shared bunkhouse, tent platform, shared kitchen/lodge, composting toilet and hot outdoor shower. Power is available for recharging batteries and electronics."

Preferred method of Contact: email