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Dripping Springs Garden
1558 CR 548
Huntsville, AR 72740
Contact: Mark Cain, Michael Crane
Last Updated: 01-06-2019
General Description: Dripping Springs Garden is the organic market garden project of Mark Cain and Michael Crane, who have been farming in the Ozark mountains of northwest Arkansas since 1984. The gardens consist of 4 acres of terraced raised beds and 7 greenhouses which produce cut flowers, vegetables, and herbs for the Fayetteville Farmers' Market some 50 miles to the west. The garden borders beautiful Dry Fork Creek, a crystal-clear, spring-fed creek which supplies irrigation water for the garden and orchard, and provides cool, peaceful relaxation during the hot summer months. The garden is part of a larger 40 acre piece of land, mostly forested with oak and pine, and is quite isolated by the surrounding hills of the valley. For a more complete farm profile and photos, please email us for a document describing the farm and apprenticeship program.
Internship Starts: Mid-March to early April 2019
Internship Ends: End October 2019
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: On-going until our 4 positions are filled. The earlier the better, definitely by early February
Minimum Length of Stay: 6-7 months for paid interns, variable for volunteers
Meals: Vegetarian meals provided, with daily cooking rotation among interns and owners.
Skills Desired: Passionate enthusiasm for outdoor work with plants; friendly public presentation; suitability for group living situation and farmers markets; previous experience with horticultural work preferred; ability to work with field team; interest in yoga/meditation not required but helpful.
Educational Opportunities: Please email us for our complete training plan, which includes organic greenhouse management, cut flower and vegetable production, hoophouse production, and direct marketing through CSA , natural foods store, and Farmers' Market. Interns participate in sales on Saturdays at a well-established Farmers Market. Opportunity to study ashtanga vinyasa yoga and meditation with host farmer, with daily practice times worked into farm schedule.Often we have international students through the MESA program, adding interest to our work group.
Stipend: Starts at $500/mo plus room and board, and increases $50/mo each month through the season.
Housing: Provided. Two yurts near the garden, 2 small rooms in upstairs of timber frame barn, and 4 bedrooms in new timber frame guest house.
Preferred method Of Contact: Email or telephone
Internship Details: 4 full-time positions from mid-March through end of October with stipend that averages $650/mo, plus room and board, for qualified candidates willing to commit 6 days/week. Volunteer positions with room and board (depends on housing available) possible for shorter-term stays. Please email us for a complete description of activities and compensation. New intern housing for 2019 in 4-bedroom timber frame house, plus yurts and upstairs barn room options.