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Homer Hilltop Farm
41060 Trail Court
Homer, AK 99603
Contact: Carey Restino
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Updated: 11-28-2018
General Description: Two-acres of farmed ground at 1,200 feet in the hills above Kachemak Bay, split between market garden vegetable production and commercial peony production.
Internship Starts: 05-01-2019
Internship Ends: 10-15-2019
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: 01-15-2019
Minimum Length of Stay: 2 months
Meals: Farming is really all about a love of food and we love to eat well! We typically have communal meals 3-4 nights a week and most lunches are eaten together. Food preparation and clean up is shared and includes making bread, lunch and dinner cooking and roasting marshmallows.
Skills Desired: Basic farming experience is preferred but for someone with a demonstrable work ethic and enthusiasm, exceptions can be made. Most important is a learn-by-doing attitude and an ability to communicate effectively with others. Basic carpentry skills and experience with machinery also a plus.
Educational Opportunities: Interns are welcome to request tours of other farms in the area to further their experience base. There are also a wide variety of reading materials and online sources that I can offer to enhance the experience. Interns are encouraged to keep records of their work, questions and areas where more research is needed.
Stipend: I will offer a monthly stipend of $600-$800 depending on experience.
Housing: The household & living arrangements:
Our main house is a snug 1,600-square-foot space with one bathroom, a washer and dryer and, amazingly, a hot tub. You are welcome to use all of the facilities in the house, though I do encourage everyone to cooperate with our efforts to live sustainably by hanging laundry, taking short showers and being aware of the constraints of communal living. We all have daily house chores that are not considered part of the farm work - they are simply part of contributing to the space we all share.
Farm helper cabin:
The farm helper cabin is 12x16 with lofts and sleeps two or three people. There is also a separate, smaller cabin. These allow you some space from the hubbub of family life, but as there typically are two to four farm helpers at times during the summer, so you will likely have roommates and you must be comfortable rooming with someone of the opposite gender. An outhouse is also available and its use is strongly encouraged.
Preferred method Of Contact: email
Internship Details: Working on our small-scale vegetable farm will teach you much of what you need to know about starting your own small-scale commercial farming enterprise. We will cover crop planning, soil health, garden management, cover crops and other soil enhancement techniques, crop rotation, succession planting, crop selection, marketing, harvest, weed control and how to keep moose out of your gardens. Our operation would be especially pertinent to those wishing to farm in cooler zones using high tunnels and hoop houses.
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