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5500 Bennington Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64129

Contact: Brooke Salvaggio, Dan Heryer

Phone: 913-522-3458

Email: brooke@urbavorefarm.com, dan@urbavorefarm.com

Website: http://www.urbavorefarm.com, https://www.facebook.com/Urbavore

Last Updated: 11-26-2018

General Description:
URBAVORE is a biologically diverse farmstead set on 13.5 acres in Kansas City's urban core. Our energy-independent systems for food production, waste, water and shelter redefine sustainability to build community and ecology. Farmers Brooke Salvaggio and Daniel Heryer have delighted and satiated the palates of Kansas City's food community for over a decade. The farm is committed to producing the highest-quality and best-tasting food crops while enhancing the land and building rich soil. URBAVORE produces a wide array of vegetables and fruits using a unique "no-till" growing system that promotes living soil and nutrient-dense foods. Environmental ethics play a key role in URBAVORE's infrastructure and production model. The solar-powered farm operates a city-wide composting program, turning urban waste into rich soil. The farm family resides in an earth-bermed home with a composting toilet, off-grid water system, and grey/black water recycling. The farm produces four times the energy it consumes while feeding hundreds of people every week.

*Please take the time to thoroughly explore our website for comprehensive info regarding our growing practices, lifestyle, and philosophy.

Internship Starts: 3-15-2019
Internship Ends: 11-15-2019
Number of Interns: 1
App Deadline: open until filled
Minimum Length of Stay: Full season commitment

Meals: Meals are not provided. Interns prepare their own meals. Interns receive a weekly share of the farm's bounty, and have endless access to "seconds" produce during the high season.

Skills Desired: Farm skills and building skills are desired, but not required. What we do require is an unrelenting work ethic and a sense of humor! We are only interested in applicants who are RELIABLE, passionate, physically energetic, and continually fascinated by each element that composes our farm's thriving ecosystem. This internship is best suited for individuals who aspire to farm commercially using aspects of our unique no-till system.

Educational Opportunities: Farm Apprentice will receive experience and education in organic market gardening, "no-till" cultivation practices, holistic orchard maintenance, berry production, integrated livestock management, rotational grazing, and direct marketing via farmers market. In addition to working the crop fields, the apprentice will be exposed to the daily chores pertaining to pastured poultry and a rotating herd of 20 heritage hogs. Our farm puts a particular emphasis on soil building & the development of sustainable ecosystems. The apprentices will experience the layering of cover crops, animals, and organic matter to produce ideal conditions for crop production. Food preservation & homesteading skills are accessible to those who have interest.

Stipend: $600 to $800 per month plus housing, education, and a weekly share of veggies/eggs.

Housing: Simple on-farm housing in a 16 foot camper trailer with composting toilet, hot water shower, kitchen, heat & AC. Surrounding area can be "created" to the individual's desire with fire pits, gardens, hang-out & picnic areas, etc.

Preferred method Of Contact: e-mail

Internship Details: Seeking a full-season commitment from one awesome individual looking to gain valuable knowledge in "no-till" animal-powered vegetable & fruit production on a biologically diverse urban farm. This is a full-time position consisting of 45 hours per week in exchange for housing, education, a weekly share of produce, and a monthly stipend. This intense, hands-on apprenticeship is ideal for a highly motivated and hard-working individual who hopes to manage their own commercial farm one day. The day to day labor and weekly flow expose the apprentice to the nitty gritty reality of ethical food production. The apprentice will work both independently and alongside the farmers to reap the earth's bounty and ride the many challenges along the way. HOW TO APPLY: Please send a resume and cover letter to brooke@urbavorefarm.com. Please be personable in your cover letter and tell me WHY you want to bust your butt at URBAVORE!


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