LO TAHOMA HOMESTEAD
Last Updated On: February 1st, 2022 at 09:06AM MST
Contact informationFarm Address:
32813 Kolisch Rd. E.
Fairfax Route, Carbonado, Washington, 98323
Primary Contact: Jill Cartwright
Secondary Contact: Kent Taylor
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Lo Tahoma is very secluded and private, it is an 18 acre Homestead of diverse land, south facing slope at 1,700 ft elevation, located just 5 miles away from the NW entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park. Lo Tahoma includes 15 acres of Forest land with walking trails and seasonal stream, 3 acres of open space, including house, cottage, wood shop, large vegetable garden including raspberries and a pond. We mill our own lumber from trees off our property using a portable sawmill and just last year opened our first campsite to the public advertising through Hipcamp: https://www.hipcamp.com/en-US/washington/lo-tahoma/cedar-grove-camp-near-mt-rainier. We like to share self-sustainable knowledge and skills that we have found enjoyable and very useful by hosting small, hands-on, intimate classes including foraging for nettles and soap making 4-5 times a year. We are very community oriented and are members of the Friends of the Carbon Canyon and encourage you to participate in meetings, road clean-ups and our annual celebration. https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-the-Carbon-Canyon-1400723936840556
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: April 15, 2022
Internship Ends: September 30, 2022
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: February 28, 2022
Minimum Length of Stay: 5 months
We are looking for a strong, competent, responsible, passionate person interested in working with us and one other Intern, we are seeking someone with particular knowledge, experience and/or a strong interest in PERMACULTURE principles and systems. We are looking to improve a 100′ wide X 200′ long section on our property which includes the pond, garden and small livestock area, this would be your primary area of focus at Lo Tahoma; working towards improving the soil in the vegetable garden using no-till methods, mulches and organic practices, planting, weeding, watering and harvesting. Intern will be asked to help alongside owners with late Spring and Summer projects including building a fence, cleaning and repairing a cement tile roof as well as occasional help with forest management practices, including: tree felling, milling, trail maintenance, putting up firewood and other simple affairs of daily life.
You will have access to a Honda Quad with trailer for hauling and accessing different areas on our property.
We do have one other Intern who is returning for their fourth year at Lo Tahoma in March, if it is helpful in your decision making you are welcome to contact and speak with Daniel.
Intern will have plenty of free time to explore the Carbon Canyon including the NW corner of Mt. Rainier National Park and the Clearwater Wilderness. Intern must be able to enjoy their own company as well as the company of others, and just to get everything out in the open, we listen to a lot of MUSIC at Lo Tahoma, LP’s, CD’s and non-commercial Radio.
Applicant must be in good physical condition, love being outdoors, self motivated, willing to communicate and accept constructive feedback and able to make this 5 month commitment.
*ONLY MOTIVATED SERIOUS APPLICANTS NEED APPLY*
Lots of potential, we have the opportunity to build something very unique together. Lo Tahoma is 12 miles away from the historical town of Wilkeson and 20 miles from the largest town with grocery store, gas station, library, laundromat & entertainment.
We are flexible with days and time off.
*NO TV or CELL PHONE RECEPTION, WiFi access available a few hours a day. Sorry NO DOGS or CATS. “
Educational Opportunities: We have a substantial library of books that the intern is welcome to and encouraged to read, as well as participating in online virtual courses or one of our own workshops offered to the public on our property. The intern will be provided with many opportunities to learn basic homesteading skills including carpentry, surface water/stream management, raising chickens, beekeeping, food preservation, tool maintenance, as well as one-on-one education with the owners.
Skills Desired: We are seeking someone with particular knowledge, experience and/or a strong interest in PERMACULTURE principles and systems. Improving the soil in the vegetable garden using no-till methods, mulches and organic practices, planting, weeding, watering and harvesting.
Meals: Intern will have the opportunity to eat at least 2-3 meals/week with owners, usually dinner or lunch. All other meals are on your own.
Stipend: Yes, Intern will be paid a $400/Month stipend in exchange for working 4 days a week, 8 hours/day. A Mt. Rainier Annual National Park Pass will be provided as well as a $200 clothing allowance.
Housing: Yes, we're currently providing a 19' diameter Canvas Camp Wall Tent, including a bed & dresser, there's a bathroom close by with a shower for you to use. *There is space available @ Lo Tahoma if Intern wishes to bring their own self- contained camper/trailer/livable space with them*. There is a community kitchen available complete with dishes, pots & pans, including a stocked Pantry with most of the basic items, as well as access to as much produce you can eat from the garden. Intern is responsible for cleaning up after themselves.
Preferred method of Contact: email