Contact informationFarm Address:
390 North Fork Rd
Barnardsville, North Carolina, 28709
Primary Contact: Anna Littman
Secondary Contact: El Wilson
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Ivy Creek Family Farm grows vegetables, flowers, and shiitake mushrooms using organic practices. Located in a beautiful setting 25 minutes from Asheville, we sell our produce at two tailgate markets, to our CSA members, through our online store, to several wholesale distributors, and at our farm stand. We are a for-profit farm in operation since 2008. We farm with a skilled team of four-five people on six acres. We utilize two Kubota tractors, a disc harrow, a spader, a bed raiser, plastic mulch layer, and other tools to prepare our fields and beds. We also utilize high tunnels and caterpillar tunnels for summer crops and to extend our season.
CRAFT Member Farm? Yes
Internship Starts: Beginning-Mid May
Internship Ends: End of September
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: May 15th
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months
In 2021, Ivy Creek Family Farm seeks one additional assistant farmer . We hope our assistant farmers will have one to two years of experience working in physically demanding jobs outdoors or one to two years of experience farming. Assistant farmers will participate in all aspects of the farm including field and bed prep, plant propagation, planting, harvest, irrigation, plant care, post-harvest, cultivation, and sales. Assistant Farmers will have opportunities to take on leadership roles in irrigation, prop house work, low and high tunnel production, market sales, shiitake mushrooms, wash shed management, flowers and more. We farm 6 acres of field crops with intensive, organic practices. Our 2021 crew will consist of the farm owners, three assistant farmers, and one field manager. We will farm five full days a week, with occasional weekend duties as well. Assistant Farmers have access to our Vegetable Guide which outlines how to grow each of our crops from seed to sale. We teach through our extensive and carefully crafted guides along with workshops and hands-on lessons.
Educational Opportunities: Staff have the opportunity to attend monthly craft workshops organized by the Organic Grower's School. We also lead the crew in educational farm walks and provide farm manuals on subjects that interest individuals.
Skills Desired: Assistant Farmers: Assistant Farmers should have experience working in physically demanding outdoor jobs or at least one full season of farming experience. Applicants should be able to comfortably work outside in all types of weather doing physical tasks for long periods of time, usually at a rapid pace. We seek dedicated applicants who have a genuine interest in growing vegetables and who are good observers. In the height of the season we work 10-11 hour days.
Meals: No. But we provide lots of farm veggies!
Stipend: Assistant Farmers receive a stipend of $800-$1,000 a month depending on experience and length of stay. On farm housing is included with a private camper, indoor bathroom, and share kitchen.
Housing: Yes. On farm housing is available.
Preferred method of Contact: Email