Contact informationFarm Address:
10 Narayan Ct.
Espanola, New Mexico , 87532
Primary Contact: Zachary Young
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Khalsa Family Farms is a 501c3 1.5 acre diverse vegetable no-till operation. The central greenhouses and farm are located within the Hacienda de Guru Ram Das, a Sikh and kundalini yoga community. The farm is looking for a manager to oversee vegetable production for farmers market, a small CSA and a few local grocery stores. We currently produce out of a 8600 square foot greenhouse equipped with a climate battery system. Beyond the greenhouse we grow on a few small plots rounding us out at about an acre and a half. We are currently in the middle of the installation of an aquaponics system that will be in the greenhouse as well. Other facilities include, walk-in cooler, germination room, compost pad, small automated greenhouse currently planted to turmeric and ginger, microgreens production infrastructure. We are looking for a dedicated individual or pair who are excited about agriculture, open to living in a community setting, and welcome the challenge of growing in the Northern New Mexican climate. The Espanola valley is divided by the Rio Grande river and surrounded by beautiful mountains, the Jemez Mountain Range and the Sangre de Cristos. Both offer beautiful and endless hiking opportunities, hot springs, and much more. Santa Fe is 25 minutes south and Taos is an hour north. The community offers meals on a regular basis, manager would also have access to yoga and wellness classes as desired.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: Anytime
Internship Ends: Looking for long term members of our team but are open to everyone!
Number of Internship Available: 1/2
Application Deadline: N/A
Minimum Length of Stay: 4 months
Farm manager will be responsible for field crew management, will be accountable to the board of the nonprofit, but will have flexibility to implement practices as they see fit. The farm is new and developing so manager will be growing alongside the business. 40-50 hours a week expected. Ability to lift 50lbs, work in the elements, and manage a crew with a positive attitude are a must.
Compensation will depend on experience but 9 paid holidays, health insurance benefits, and 2 weeks vacation annually. Housing can be part of compensation. Rooms and living quarters are available walking distance from farm.
Manager will be responsible for executing and growing through the summer season. Much of the farm is planted out, harvest season is almost upon us, and there will be need for succession plantings, fall and winter preparation, as well as new projects (such as the aquaponics system) that will offer plenty of learning opportunities.
Educational Opportunities: Learning to maximize the productivity of the greenhouse space with biointensive and companion plantings. Managing irrigation systems in the desert environment. Aquaponics growing Microgreens production Opportunities to engage in different ventures such as mushroom production if the manager proves that they can add more. Food processing and drying Herbs and flowers Diverse selling outlets, wholesale, Farmers Market and CSA
Skills Desired: 3 years of organic farming experience. Managing experience preferred. Greenhouse growing experience. Ability to drive a tractor preferred. Experience with power tools and environmental gauges (thermometers, hygrometers etc..) preferred.
Preferred method of Contact: Email