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Chickaloon, AK 99674
Contact: Allie Barker, Jed Workman
Last Updated: 03-19-2018
General Description: We are an off-grid small scale homestead farm located in the beautiful Matanuska Valley in Alaska. We grow enough food to feed our family year round, sell at the farmers market in Anchorage and provide CSA and CSF (Community Supported Ferments) shares from May-October. Farmers markets are weekly and require helpers to rise early, harvest veggies and have prepared value added goods the day before. We rely heavily on root cellar storage, traditional food preservation techniques, hunting, fishing, berries and wild plants. Chickens and ducks are used for egg production, composting and preparing land for agriculture. Pigs clear land, fertilize, and become everything beyond bacon. Bees are kept and cared for to promote pollination and to collect beeswax for herbal medicine. Honey is used for mead, wine and kombucha.
In addition to outdoor beds, our growing capacity includes hoop houses, a wood fired seed-house and greenhouse with a wood-fired radiant heat system under the beds, and a 20x24 high tunnel.
We focus on simple, low-cost methods of living using ingenuity. Examples are chain saw milling, in-bed hot water heat through heat exchanger wood stove, recycling and salvaging building materials.
Internship Starts: 5-01-17
Internship Ends: 10-15-17
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: Contact to fill out an application
Minimum Length of Stay: 2 months, full season preferred, or 2-3 days/week for local
Meals: -Food and Meals- provided food includes: vegetables from the garden, eggs from chickens, local raw goat milk when available, berries (depending on harvest and what you pick), potatoes, carrots, and a few gluten-free grains. We also stock some staples like gluten free grains (rice, buckwheat, etc.), beans. Snacks are not provided. Favorite food items need to be purchased by individual. If your diet is heavy on nuts and seeds, please bring your own supplies. Although we try to share meals occasionally, a busy schedule sometimes prohibits this. You will cook most meals with others in the communal wall tent. A solar oven and wood fired oven are available for baking and cooking. Staying healthy and strong during your stay here requires a desire and interest in cooking nutritious meals for yourself and other interns. Apprentices are expected to rise early enough to make a nutritious breakfast before starting the days work.
Skills Desired: -Skills Desired- Requires a self-motivated, positive, energetic, detail oriented person willing to be flexible with all sorts of projects. Requires someone who is willing to get dirty and keep living space clean and in order. Prefer a person with natural building skills, but not essential. This opportunity requires a person wanting to learn from the homesteading model, potentially seeking it for themselves in the future. Living in Alaska is remote by lower 48 standards, so one should be ready to be comfortable in an extremely small community, without the interaction of city life. Books, instruments, hikes, projects and learning how to live in the woods are the leisure activities.
We do NOT provide internet.
Educational Opportunities: Spring projects include: Prepping growing area, building fence lines, installing pond liner, prepping the gravity feed water system, installing pump for pond water, broad forking, composting, maintaining wood heat in the greenhouse, soil-blocking starts, chopping wood, making cheese and kimchi, and other various tasks. Note that this farm opportunity is not limited to the growing area, but a large portion of your time should be invested in all the workings of a homestead.
Summer projects include: Transplanting, seeding, weeding, watering, harvesting for market, making value added products, harvesting herbs and making medicine, canning and freezing, smoking salmon, making cheese and kimchi, composting, brewing compost tea, moving chicken tractor-system, weekly bee checks, building projects, etc.
Fall Projects include: Vegetable harvest, berry picking, moose or caribou butchering and preserving, making cheese, kimchi, brewing apple cyser, food preservation and canning, clearing land for growing, cover cropping, chopping wood, and winterizing farm. Slaughter and processing of hogs in early Oct including traditional preservation techniques.
Daily- taking care of pigs, making animal food for pigs, chickens,and ducks. Watering starts, maintaining gravity water system, managing and improving off grid systems.
Also looking for individuals interested in coming to Chugach Farm with a structured symbiotic partnership fiefdom proposition. We are interested in creating community. If you have a tiny home, a business idea, and a desire to collaborate, GET IN TOUCH!
Stipend: -Compensation- This is a work/trade experience. Compensation comes in the form of life skills. If you need to make money, this is not the opportunity for you. If you value learning skills to last a lifetime over money, this is the place for you. A stipend is available for one apprentice with farming experience. Ask within. Occasional exceptions may be made for dependable and skilled apprentices who stay at Chugach Farm for an extended time.
Housing: Apprentice accommodations include either a 12'x14' deluxe wall tent with wood stove and propane cook stove.
OR- bring your own tiny home.
Outhouse- no plumbing available.
Sauna is available for washing and cleaning as well as an outdoor shower.
Expect to haul water a few hundred yards to wall tent.
Preferred method Of Contact: Phone or Email
Internship Details: Off Grid -Human Powered- Nutrient Dense- Small Scale- Beyond Organic Farm and Homestead.
Seeking motivated individuals passionate about growing and putting up food, learning new skills, working hard.
After reading all of this, if you are seriously interested, email us for more information.