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950 County Road 105
Fayette, MO 65248 - 8723
Contact: Gene Nuse, Janet Nuse
Last Updated: 04-28-2014
General Description: Elmtree Farm is located east of Fayette in central Missouri, about 25 miles north of Columbia. We are a diversified farm with American Milking Devon Cattle (beef), two milk cows, geese, chickens, pecans and truck farm crops. We sustainably farm 94 acres of rolling upland and deep bottom ground and are implementing permaculture practices. This spring we plan to make BioChar for on-farm soil fertility improvements and sale to the public, as well as offering educational events. Our home was built with a passive solar design, using straw-clay infill in the walls, and we utilize a geothermal heat pump as well as a solar water heater.
Internship Starts: April or May 2013
Number of Interns: 1
App Deadline: ASAP
Minimum Length of Stay: prefer whole season but can be flexible
Meals: Lunches will be provided four to five days a week. Farm produced veggies and eggs as available will also be provided for your personal use.
Skills Desired: No experience in farming is needed but the ability to take direction and learn new tasks is very important. Farming can be dangerous and working safely will be required at all times. Individual initiative is expected but only after carefully discussing the pros and cons of such actions. Individuals must be physically fit and able to work long hours and be able at times to finish tasks with minimal supervision. Respect for others and honesty are essential.
Educational Opportunities: Farming by its very nature is an ongoing education for all involved. Books on interested topics will be introduced as needed with ongoing rationale for what we are doing provided. New ideas and discussion are encouraged. Biochar production, grass farming using MIG, and pecan production using agroforestry practices will be fully explored as interest is expressed. Interns' educational interests will drive the direction of the educational experience. Visits to other local farmers operations may he scheduled as time allows and a small farmers group meets for informal dinners and farm tours.
Stipend: Depending on experience will pay $300-400/month.
Preferred method Of Contact: email or home phone
Internship Details: Daily activities include, but are not limited to, management intensive grazing (MIG) cattle work, diary cow care and milking, soil prep using tractors/tillers, manure spreading, transplanting, planting, weeding, harvesting and post harvest prep, carpentry, cooking, canning/freezing/drying, chicken care and egg collection, pecan grove management, and biochar production. We will ask interns to work hard and safely in potentially difficult weather conditions and be very flexible as farm demands dictate. Working hours are 8 to 5, 5 days per week, with seasonal modifications as needed.