Contact informationFarm Address:
440 Valley View Rd
South Fork, Colorado , 81154
Primary Contact: Isaac "Ike" Manobla
Secondary Contact: Angela Lee
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Sol Mountain Farm is a small, organic farm located in the foothills of the beautiful San Luis Valley, Colorado. We practice Permaculture and think of Mother Nature as our greatest teacher. We are a homestead-style farm with three full-time individuals (Wes, Isaac, and Angela) who live on the farm. We are going into our 6th growing season this year. We raise beyond organic vegetables that are sold at the South Fork Friday Market (founded by us), and vend at the Pagosa Springs and Alamosa farmers' markets on Saturdays. We grow mainly on a 1800sq. ft greenhouse, high tunnels, and outdoor garden beds. We also support a ~15-member CSA program throughout the valley with weekly shares of vegetable baskets, fermented goods, and sourdough bread shares and pork shares. We sell our vegetables, value-added products, breads, and frozen USDA processed pork at the markets. We raise heritage pigs on pasture and in large paddocks and are renowned producers of holistic and ethically raised pork here in the valley and beyond. We have about ~50head currently; animal husbandry and caretaking is a big part of the farm. We also sell to some restaurants. We grow vegetables on two other large garden spaces beyond the farm property, and will be growing hemp for CBD for the second year. We hold events on the farm in July and late September with live bands, a pig roast, and ceremonies to bring the community together. September we have a mountain bike race here on the farm on our permaculture singletrack that we built. We are all avid outdoor enthusiasts and love rock climbing, biking, skiing, playing music, and making art. There are usually 1-5 volunteers (mainly through WWOOF) along with the apprentice through the summer. Please check out our website www.solmountainfarm.com to get to know us more.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: May
Internship Ends: October
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: April 7
Minimum Length of Stay: 5 months
The Apprentice will be responsible for managing vegetable production and everything that comes with it. The main farmers will be a resource, especially in the beginning of the season, to teach the apprentice how the farm operates on the day to day. We expect the apprentice to be a quick learner and manager who can graduate to running the basic operations alone once empowered with the initial, in-depth training. Apprentices should expect to work 40hours a week.
Planting and reseeding
Organic Weeding and Pest Control
Harvesting and Packaging for market and CSA
Running the farmers market – driving to the South Fork Friday market (5min drive) and the Pagosa Springs Farmers Market (Saturday; 1hr drive each way) and running the 9AM-1PM markets.
Managing Volunteers and WWOOFers on farm
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Educational Opportunities: We focus heavily on Permaculture in all that we do. We have lesson plans each week to teach permaculture as well as gardening techniques such as soil building, compost teas, swales, natural building, and more.
Skills Desired: Previous farming experience will be given weight Be able to lift 50lbs Management of others Vehicle to drive to and run farmers' market preferred Outdoor recreators preferred (hiking, biking, rock climbing, rafting) *We are not able to accommodate vegans* We live a holistic homestead lifestyle and try not to purchase cooking oils. This means we mostly cook with lard that we render ourselves from our pigs, in line with our ethics to use every part of the animal. We eat a mostly vegetarian diet except the lard, and on occasion we eat pork from our own pigs or other meat proteins from animals raised or wild harvested by our friends.
Meals: Yes - we cook community lunches and dinners 5 days a week. Breakfast is done personally, but the farm provides pantry staples such as oatmeal, granola bars, rice, pasta, etc. The apprentice may harvest vegetables from the farm respecting the needs of the markets and CSA shares.
Stipend: $500-$1500 per month depending on experience
Housing: Free housing is provided: The apprentice will stay at our 4-season furnished cabin with a wood-burning stove inside.
Preferred method of Contact: E-mail