Contact informationFarm Address:
605 Sandia Rd NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico , 87107
Primary Contact: Matthew Draper
Secondary Contact: Minor Morgan
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: We are 3-acre urban farm in located Albuquerque's North Valley. We grow certified-organic vegetables for sale at grocery stores, CSAs and farmer's markets in the Rio Grande valley. Our principal cash crops are heirloom tomatoes, sweet potatoes, garlic, carrots, peas and green beans. We are a USDA-certified training site for those interested in principles of soil health and organic agriculture. We grow using a living mulch, minimal till cover-crop system that allows us to farm intensively while simultaneously feeding our soil. We are also deeply committed to growing and saving our own seeds. All of our practices are guided by the belief that understanding and respecting the biological life in soil and plants is the driving force behind organic agriculture. As organic farmers, we at NVO are always growing 2 crops, one cash crop for us and one crop that is dedicated to the soil microbes that sustain all life. All of our practices are inspired by the biodynamic worldview and values as well as the permaculture principal of holistic ecosystem management.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: August 12
Internship Ends: November 22
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: Rolling
Minimum Length of Stay: 15 weeks
For the 2019 season, North Valley Organics is looking for two qualified individuals to join our team as Harvest Assistants to help on the farm during peak harvest season. Harvest Assistants will be included in all aspects of farm work including harvesting, marketing, planting, infrastructure work and farm planning. Both full-time and part-time applicants are welcome, with a minimum of 15 hours of work a week expected.
Educational Opportunities: As a USDA-certified training facility, we have a lot of educational opportunities to offer. All members of our team will be immersed in the sustainable, organic farming practices we use including living mulch systems, cover cropping, crop rotation, irrigation management and the use of beneficial biological inoculants. Each day on the farm provides a new opportunity to discuss and refine the philosophies and practices that we use to constructively build our soil and ourselves. Finally, team members will have the opportunity to network with our partners in major agricultural institutions such as the USDA, the Bernalillo County Extension service, Western SARE and many more.
Skills Desired: We are seeking individuals with a long term interest in small-scale sustainable agriculture in New Mexico. People on our team must be both self-directed and willing to learn, able to manage their own work when necessary and also work as part of a team. The ability to communicate and to be upfront about personal needs and abilities is very important. Any candidate MUST be able to repeatedly lift heavy objects (25-50 lbs) and perform regular and frequent squats. They must be at least 18 years old and be able to perform manual labor in challenging weather conditions.
Stipend: $8.50/Hour plus access to farm produce
Preferred method of Contact: Phone