Contact informationFarm Address:
140 County Highway 18c
West Edmeston, New York, 13485
Primary Contact: Ben Tyler
Secondary Contact: Greta Zarro
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: *Now accepting internship applications.* Unadilla Community Farm was founded in 2013 by a group of volunteers dedicated to the goals of the back-to-the-land movement. We are building an off-grid solar-powered homestead and education center following the principles of organic agriculture and permaculture design. We are situated on 12 acres of field and forest, alongside a growing Amish community in central New York State. 2020 is our 7th season welcoming interns. Our accredited internship program has attracted interns from North & South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and New Zealand. Interns gain hands-on experience in no-till organic farming, regenerative agroforestry, permaculture, natural building, and food preservation. University students in the U.S. & Canada have earned course credits for our internship program (ask your advisor if you are eligible to earn credit too!). Our internship is more than just a beginning farmer training program. It is an immersion into a rural, sustainable way of life. We are seeking interns interested in disconnecting from the mainstream, learning to support ourselves by growing our own organic produce, utilizing natural building methods to construct our barn and dwelling structures, making our own household products like soap and shampoo, reviving traditional agricultural and lifestyle practices, and living in community. Our farm is organized and run cooperatively. We grow over 200 varieties of organic annual and perennial vegetables, mushrooms, herbs, and cold-hardy fruits, nuts, and berries. We run a hyper-local CSA program for families within a 25-mile radius, and also sell to natural food stores and restaurants in our area. We are using natural building methods, as well as local and salvaged materials, to construct our farm’s infrastructure. Our completed projects include a skoolie (converted school bus), chicken tractor, high tunnel, and an off-grid tiny home with solar panels, rainwater collection, and wood-burning stove. We are in the process of completing a traditional New England timber framed barn on a rammed tire “Earthship” foundation.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 5/3/2020
Internship Ends: 10/03/2020
Number of Internship Available: 8
Application Deadline: 9/03/2020
Minimum Length of Stay: 1 month
Interns volunteer for 5 hours/day, 5 days/week. In exchange for room and board, interns participate in organic farming (raising seedlings, transplanting, no-till bed prep, weeding, mulching, watering, harvesting), landscaping, natural building, food preservation (drying, canning, fermenting), seed saving, and firewood preparation.
Projects for the 2020 season include:
*Install rainwater catchment and a solar-powered pump for our drip irrigation system (pending grant funding)
*On-farm research project to test nutrient levels of dynamic accumulators (grant funding approved!)
*Build 2 timber framed wood sheds
*Install brick floor, windows, and doors on the barn
*Build raised beds for dye plant garden
*Expand our edible food forest with additional fruit and nut trees, berries, and beneficial companion plants
Educational Opportunities: We offer free monthly classes, such as permaculture design, natural building, soap making, lotions and salves, compost building, foraging/wildcrafting, food preservation, natural fibers and dyes, and gourd craft. At least once a month, we take interns on off-farm excursions, such as the Cooperstown Farmers’ Museum, historic Fly Creek Cider Mill, craft fairs, alpaca shearing, full moon parties, and young farmer meetings.
Skills Desired: It is preferable for interns to have previous work or volunteer experience in organic farming/gardening, landscaping, or construction, and/or experience living in communal settings.
Meals: All organic gourmet vegetarian/vegan meals and unlimited snacks are provided for interns and typically eaten communally.
Stipend: Interns receive free room and board, free monthly classes, and daily hands-on skills training.
Housing: Sleeping accommodations include 2 single bedrooms in the barn loft, 2 double bedrooms in the skoolie (converted school bus), and 1 large tent on a platform. You are also welcome to pitch your own tent on various tent platforms and camp spots around the property.
Preferred method of Contact: Email