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near Petersburg, AK
Contact: Bo Varsano, Marja Smets
Website: https://www.facebook.com/FarragutFarmLLC, https://www.facebook.com/farragut.farm
Last Updated: 01-07-2018
General Description: We are an off-grid, small-scale, mixed-vegetable farm located in the heart of wild and wet Southeast Alaska. Our farm is small, but productive. We cultivate 3/4 of an acre, and sell most of our veggies at a thriving market in Petersburg. We also sell to restaurants, grocery stores and the local school district.
We are not certified organic, but follow organic practices. We do not use herbicides, pesticides or commercial fertilizers. We believe in feeding our soil with locally-sourced amendments. We ALSO believe in working hard, laughing often and eating good!
Internship Starts: 05/01/2018
Internship Ends: 09/15/2018
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: none
Minimum Length of Stay: 2 months
Meals: Lunch will be provided on work days. Breakfast and dinner are your responsibility, and you can harvest veggies from the farm whenever you like.
Skills Desired: Some farm/garden experience is preferred, but not required. We would prefer a candidate who is seriously motivated to learn more about small scale food production. You must be physically fit, as many farm responsibilities are physically demanding. We are looking for someone who is independent, energetic, curious, responsible, positive and enjoys hard work.
Due to our location on the coast, you also need to be comfortable with being on the water and boat travel.
Educational Opportunities: At Farragut Farm you will participate in every aspect of running a small-scale mixed vegetable farm. From seeding to transplanting, cultivation to farm-scale compost making, harvesting, marketing and more. In addition, there will be hands-on opportunities to learn about a host of skills required for off-grid, remote living including: running a small sawmill, home & farm construction projects, alternative energy systems, and boat handling/marine safety.
Stipend: We offer a monthly stipend of $600.
Housing: We offer off-farm housing that is a 5 minute walk from the farm, giving you your own private space at the end of the day. It's a rustic, comfortable, 20'x30' house with all the basic necessities including running hot & cold water, electricity, a propane cookstove/oven, a wood stove for heat, and a killer view from the porch.
Preferred method Of Contact: email
Internship Details: Farragut Farm is one of the most remote and isolated commercial farms in the country. We are located off of any road systems, and we are completely off the grid. Working on our farm is a unique opportunity to experience the the beauty of life in wild Alaska.
Our preference is to employ a couple, but we will consider independent and self-reliant individuals. Our farm is in a VERY remote location, so you must be comfortable with being far away from other people for long stretches of time to seriously consider this opportunity. Generally, we travel to Petersburg to sell vegetables just once every two weeks throughout the summer months (a four hour boat ride), so you will not spend much time in town while working on our farm. Also, please be aware that we live in a temperate rainforest, which means it rains A LOT. We work outside, rain or shine, so be prepared to spend many of your days working in full rain gear with a warm hat!
Our ideal candidates are folks who are interested to learn more about the inner workings of a small scale farm, with preference given to those planning to start their own farm in the future. We place a high value on efficiency and time management, and are looking for farm helpers with strong work ethic who are positive, dedicated, and like to have fun outside.