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Bugtussle Farm
950 Rack Creek Road
Gamaliel, KY 42140

Contact: Eric Smith, Cher Smith

Phone: 270-457-2847

Email: eric@bugtusslefarm.com, cher@bugtusslefarm.com

Website: http://www.bugtusslefarm.com

Last Updated: 03-10-2016

General Description: Bugtussle Farm is about building soil organically, biodynamically, joyfully, while attempting to work cooperatively with nature. We live in a secluded wooded hollow, do most of our cooking on a wood cookstove, have a gravity fed spring water system, and live happily with minimal electricity from a small solar array. We have been successfully living this way while farming full time and running a 50 family CSA since 2002. The farm is 160 acres. Half forested and half open. We raise 3 acres of diverse vegetables, and have a small blueberry patch and mushroom operation. The heartbeat of the farm is our growing herd of cattle and flock of sheep and laying hens which are intensively managed to provide our farms fertility and ultimate sustainability.

Internship Starts: 04-15-2016
Internship Ends: 11-1-2016
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline:
Minimum Length of Stay: one month

Meals: All food is provided. Interns prepare their own breakfast and supper in our outdoor kitchen. Lunch is usually a farmer prepared shared meal.

Skills Desired: None required.

Educational Opportunities: Learning opportunities include: intensive vegetable growing, seed starting, soil block making, transplanting, harvesting, marketing, sheep shearing, wool processing and natural dyeing, homesteading skills, beekeeping, intensive grazing management of livestock, and witnessing what it takes to raise a family, homeschool children, and live sustainably in the country.

Stipend: Offered only under certain circumstances.

Housing: We have two finished rooms in our barn. See website for a photo.

Preferred method Of Contact: email

Internship Details: Our internship program fits well with individuals who are self motivated, resourceful, hard working, passionate, sensitive, and love the thought of learning how to live in the country. Whether simply wanting to know how to grow your own food or having a sincere desire to run your own farm some day this is a wonderful opportunity. Over 50% of our previous interns have gone on to operate their own farm to one extent or another.


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