Contact informationFarm Address:
PO Box 59
West Edmeston, New York , 13485
Primary Contact: Ben Tyler
Secondary Contact: Greta Zarro
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: *Now accepting interns for the 2019 season (May-September).* We are building an off-the-grid homestead and education center following the principles of organic agriculture and permaculture design. We are situated on 12 acres of field and forest, in the rural hamlet of West Edmeston, located alongside a growing Amish community in central New York State. Our accredited internship program has attracted interns from North & South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and New Zealand. Interns will gain hands-on experience in low-till organic farming, regenerative agroforestry, permaculture, natural building, and food preservation. 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. We grow a diversity of organic annual and perennial vegetables, mushrooms, herbs, and fruits to sustain us throughout the year. We sell our surplus to local natural food stores and restaurants in our region, and we offer a CSA program for families in our area. Our orchard consists of over 50 varieties of cold-hardy fruit and nut trees and berries. We also forage for wild foods, and raise chickens for eggs. We follow a whole foods, plant-based, vegetarian/vegan diet and supplement our produce with organic American-grown grains, beans, and other staples. We are using natural building methods, as well as local and salvaged materials when possible, to construct our farm's infrastructure. Our completed projects include a mobile chicken tractor and a self-sufficient tiny home with solar panel, 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: 5/1/2019
Internship Ends: 9/30/2019
Number of Internship Available: 6
Application Deadline: 9/30/2019
Minimum Length of Stay: 1 month
Interns work 6 hours/day, 5 days/week, and participate in tasks such as organic farming, landscaping, natural building, food preservation, seed saving, harvesting and prepping veggie boxes for sale, and firewood preparation. Projects for the 2019 season include: installing rainwater catchment and solar-powered pump for our drip irrigation system, erecting a high tunnel (depending on grant funding), building 2 timber framed wood sheds, and expanding our edible food forest with additional fruit and nut trees, berries, and beneficial companion plants.
Educational Opportunities: We offer educational field trips and free monthly classes for our interns throughout the season, such as soap making, lotions and salves, compost building, foraging/wildcrafting, food preservation (including canning, fermentation, and dehydration), cast iron vegan cooking, and gourd craft.
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 vegetarian/vegan meals and snacks are provided for interns and typically eaten communally.
Stipend: Interns receive free room and board, free classes/workshops, and daily hands-on skills training.
Housing: Sleeping accommodations include 2 barn loft single bedrooms (cots, twin and queen mattresses available), and 2 double bedrooms in the skoolie (renovated school bus), or you are welcome to pitch your own tent on various tent platforms and camp spots around the property.
Preferred method of Contact: Email