Contact informationFarm Address:
Meadowview , Virginia , 2822
Primary Contact: Tamara McNaughton
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: 2019 is Tamara's eighth year in production as TNT Farm N Greenhouse. Our Certified Organic production includes a half acre of field production, one high tunnel, and greenhouse/nursery plant production. We grow various vegetables, fruits, herbs, and a few flowers in our garden and high tunnels. The greenhouse and nursery produces a large volume of transplants for use on our farm as well as other farms in the region. We build and feed our soil to maximize the natural ecological processes in and around it. We plant by the biodynamic signs and would like to include more BD approaches on our farm. We are a production farm albeit a microfarm. Our time is spent seeding, planting, weeding, watering, feeding, and playing along with nature to produce high quality food and plants. Two farmers markets and a couple restaurant accounts are what we are currently able to supply with our products. There is potential for additional markets and increased production. Our primary purpose is to grow and sell the same high quality food for our community that we serve in our own homes. Our mission is to grow with adoration for the soil and appreciation for our customers and each other. Abingdon and Bristol VA/TN are nearby cities (within a half hour) where we have theater, breweries, yoga, and nightlife. Abundant outdoor activities exist nearby as well. Highway 81 is within five minutes of our farm with easy access. Asheville, Knoxville, and Blacksburg are all a about three hours away.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: flexible spring
Internship Ends: flexible fall
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: rolling
Minimum Length of Stay: flexible, but prefer at least 2 weeks
Our interns have mostly been local folks that want to learn about sustainable farming and receive fresh food. We seek people who like hard work and the rewards that come with it. Our interns are self directed and like to work together. They see patterns in the work and in nature so as to bring ease and enjoyment.
1. Independent living space with shared bath, kitchen, and internet access.
2. $400 per month.
3. Produce and beef for meals.
4. Additional incentives can be discussed.
1. Twenty four hours, at least, per week performing various necessary farm tasks.
2. Tuesday and Friday help in picking and preparing for market.
3. Two Saturdays per month co-attending Farmers Market to help with set up, sales, and take down.
4. Greenhouse work: mixing soil, seeding, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, ID, etc.
5. Field work: seeding/planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, etc. No spraying will be required.
Possible additions to our farm that we have considered either for profit or personal consumption: increased nursery production, flowers, laying hens, broiler chickens, medicinal herbs, and more. If the intern has a keen interest in taking on their own venture beyond the 24 hrs working with us, we can discuss supporting the intern in planning and implementing that enterprise.
Educational Opportunities: There are a number of workshops and farm tours in our area the apprentice could participate in. Learning by doing is the most effective education. As we work together, we talk about why things happen and are done in certain ways on the farm.
Skills Desired: Some Farm and/or gardening experience is desired, harvesting, cultivating, planting, and lifting. Ability to work in all kinds of weather with a positive attitude. Your level of experience/motivation helps us determine the level of work and responsibility you'll have. We do the weeding and grunt work as much as our interns and we are happy to give our interns higher responsibilities if they want them and have the skills.
Meals: veggies and beef provided for meals on your own. Meals together are once per week.
Stipend: $400:month for 24 hours per week.
Housing: Independent living space with shared bath, kitchen, and internet access.
Preferred method of Contact: Initially, by email