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Twitter Creek Gardens
39377 Woodman Ln N
Homer, AK 99603

Contact: Emily Garrity

Phone: 907-299-4717

Email: twittercreekgardens@gmail.com

Last Updated: 02-07-2018

General Description: Twitter Creek Gardens is a nine acre micro-farm located in the hills of Homer, AK. We cultivate one and a half acres of vegetables in a bio-intensive fashion, with a concentration on soil health. Animal rotations, cover cropping, compost, natural amendments, minimal tillage techniques and diversified crop planting are utilized to ensure living soils. Season extension and cold climate production techniques aid in maximizing our harvest potential. Though we are not certified Organic, our growing practices far exceed the USDA Organic standard.
We market to a variety of venues including; CSA memberships, restaurant sales, Farmers Markets, and most recently, an online food hub. We are dedicated to providing high quality, nutrient dense food to our community, and are continually involved in outreach and education within the local food movement.

Internship Starts: May 15
Internship Ends: October 1
Number of Interns: 1
App Deadline: ASAP
Minimum Length of Stay: 4.5 months

Meals: Occasional farm crew meals will be provided but mainly meals are an independent responsibility.

Skills Desired: Qualifications:
Excellent work ethic
Fun and positive attitude
Motivated to learn more about small scale farming
Comfortable working in busy and active environment
Willingness to take initiative
Belief in the importance of locally, sustainably produced food.
Prior farming experience is desirable but not an absolute necessity

Educational Opportunities: The Field Assistants will be exposed to all aspects of small scale farming including: Seeding, transplanting, field preparation, crop care, irrigation, harvest, greenhouse management, season extension techniques, customer contact, restaurant marketing, CSA preparation and distribution, etc. Both direct instruction as well as hands on learning will be utilized to ensure a holistic educational experience. Monthly evaluations and weekly meetings will aid in clear communication and opportunity for feedback and evaluation. Educational aspects also can include: beekeeping, pig and chicken care, crop rotations, and farm planning. We'd like to incorporate visits to other area farms once a month to diversify exposure to farming techniques.

Stipend: $1200/month

Housing: Housing is NOT provided although we an help in the search for affordable housing close to the farm.

Preferred method Of Contact: Email

Internship Details: Twitter Creek Gardens has one Field Assistant position available for the 2018 season. Field Assistants play a key role in production and overall functions of the farm. We emphasize efficiency, time management, enthusiasm, dedication and clear communication to ensure a positive working environment in conjunction with high productivity. Applicants who are interested in pursuing a career in the farming industry are encouraged to apply. Strong work ethic, good problem solving skills, willingness to take initiative, an open mind and patience are requirements. Field Assistants will be exposed to many learning opportunities, as well as held responsible to the high standards that running a business requires. We work as a team and dedication to the project is essential. Hard physical labor and diverse weather conditions are aspects of working on the farm. A positive, can-do attitude is a must. Work hours are from 8am-6pm Monday thru Friday. We do our best to stick to the schedule but flexibility is helpful as farming can be unpredictable. One three day weekend off per month and one 5-day break in the season will be incorporated into the summer schedule. Field Assistants will also be asked to work one Saturday market shift per month. Those interested in applying are encouraged to email a resume along with three references and a letter of intent (why you are applying for this position) to: twittercreekgardens@gmail.com. Applicants under consideration will be emailed a more detailed description of the roles and responsibilities as well as asked to schedule an interview (via skype or phone).


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