Contact informationFarm Address:
54329 Wilderness Lane
Homer, Alaska, 99603
Primary Contact: Lori Jenkins
Secondary Contact: Wayne Jenkins
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Welcome to Synergy Gardens, a 5 acre micro-farm located east of beautiful Homer Alaska! We cultivate just under two acres of mixed vegetables,edible flowers and Garlic bio-intensively to promote soil health & superior nutrition. To ensure living soils and resilient production we cover crop, make and apply compost, use vermiculture, mulch, and rotate our crops. We market through restaurant sales, our growing CSA, the Homer Farmers Market, and online on the Alaska Food Hub. We are dedicated to providing nutrient dense food to our community, sharing our farm through scheduled tours, hosting weekly Farm-to Table lunches for local visitors and are continually involved in sustainable food education.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: May 1, 2020 or June 1, 2020
Internship Ends: August 31, 2020 or October 31, 2020
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: March 30, 2020 or until positions are filled
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 month minimum
At Synergy Gardens we have two open positions. Each position is full-time, with great learning opportunities. The summer includes the opportunity to study The Market Gardener by Jean Martin Fortier, the Lean Farm by Ben Hartmen and we offer a great extensive reference library. We offer a weekly farm-share and monthly stipend. One three day weekend break can be arranged per month. Opportunities to assist at the Homer Farmers Market are built in, as well as touring and helping at other area organic farms for learning experiences. To apply send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with contact information for 3 current references.
Educational Opportunities: Educational Opportunities: Interns (Stewards) will be exposed to most aspects of small scale farming: optimum soil management, transplant seeding, direct seeding with seeders, transplanting, bed and field preparation, compost making, fertilization approaches & soil test sampling, cultivation, irrigation, pest scouting, pruning, hoop house management, season extension methods, record keeping, multiple marketing approaches, harvest and crop preparation. Direct instruction and hands on learning will be utilized to facilitate an educational experience to develop expertise and efficient approaches. We use clear communication. We provide opportunities for feedback and evaluation with weekly meetings. You will get the most from your experience at Synergy Gardens with a serious interest in sustainable farming as an ecological, social, nutritional and personal response to multiple local, regional and global challenges we now face. Learning opportunities also include: beekeeping, poultry care and harvest, succession sowing and crop rotations. We are incorporating visits and work trade opportunities to other area farms and high tunnels to broaden learning experiences. With all that shared, let's be clear, day's are long and intense in our Alaskan summers and the press of providing great food for multiple markets can be daunting. This is what keeps us inspired, in business and successful amidst the challenges of being a small cutting edge farm. You will be stretched, challenged and hopefully inspired by our beautiful setting, agricultural vision and practical approaches to being ecologically sound and profitable.
Skills Desired: We are looking for Stewards who have: Willingness and ability to communicate appropriately at appropriate times. Ability to lay electronic social connections aside during work periods. Sustainable farming/market gardening experience is a plus. Agriculture study & similar farm interests are a plus. Can-do positive attitude is necessary. Ability to work long days and in adverse weather conditions. (Our summers are gorgeous!). Patience and compassion. Prior gardening experience is not required but highly desirable. Understanding and interest in community building
Meals: Most meals are family shared with our farm fresh ingredients, wild caught salmon, halibut and farm raised poultry. A weekly Farm Share is included with the stipend, same as our CSA folks recieve.
Stipend: $1000 per month based on experience.
Housing: Options: private dry cabin with electricity; apartment in farm shop; a beautiful tent camp site; or using your RV. ALL with shared indoor hot showers and laundry facilities.
Preferred method of Contact: email