Contact informationFarm Address:
7715 Arapahoe Rd
Boulder, Colorado , 80303
Primary Contact: Daphne Kingsley
Secondary Contact: Cameron Genter
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Light Root Community Farm is a draft-horse powered, biodynamic farm and grass-based dairy located on 60 acres in Boulder, CO. LRCF produces raw milk herd shares for our dairy CSA, as well organic pastured eggs, an acre of mixed vegetables. Light Root Community Farm is also a biodynamic farm and learning center and we offer education programs to local Waldorf Schools, farm camps and school field trips, and tours.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: Fall 2020--start date flexible
Internship Ends: Fall 2021
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: rolling until we find the right candidate
Minimum Length of Stay: 12 months
Light Root Community Farm offers a year round grass-based dairy apprenticeship with a traditional work service and hands on learning experience. Apprenticeship is a full time comittement to the farm with primary focus in our 100% grass-based raw milk dairy. Apprentices participate in daily milking chores, milk bottling and handling, rotational grazing management and general livestock care. You will learn about holistic herd health management, breeding, calving, and basic organic dairy veterinary skills. Apprentices will also learn about manure & fertility management thru our extensive biodynamic composting making system, field and crop irrigation, and mixed vegetable production in our draft horse powered crop fields.
Apprentices also participate in our farm education programs working with local Waldorf schools grades 3-12 for hands on farm learning. Our 6 draft horses provide the back bone of our farms tillage and cultivation needs, as well as haymaking and feild work. First year apprentices will have the opportunity to learn some basic harnessing and ground driving skills. Second year apprentices interested in draft horse work will have more opportunity to expand their skill and knowledge with the horse work on the farm.
We are looking for someone seriously pursuing a path in farming and focused on expanding your knowledge and skills in small grass-based dairy management. Apprentices generally work 5 1/2 days a week 8-10 hours a day depending on the season. Some previous livestock and dairy experience is preferred, and a positive attitude, willingness to learn and strong work ethic are required.
Educational Opportunities: Weekly farm meetings provide a time to go over the work plan for the week and discuss topics, and quarterly check-ins with individual apprentices are offered to make sure needs and expectations are being met for both apprentices and the farm.
Skills Desired: Some livestock and dairy experience is preferred.
Meals: meals are not provided, but apprentices are given milk, eggs, and vegetables from the farm as available throughout the season.
Stipend: Yes we offer a monthly stipend starting at $800 with potential to increase as skill level increases on the farm.
Housing: Off site farm Housing offered on nearby farm property (about 5 miles from Light Root Community Farm). Apprentices have their own room in a shared apprentice house. Apprentices do need their own vehicle to transport themselves to the farm.
Preferred method of Contact: email