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Yarrow Hill Farm
Rutledge, MO

Contact: Jack Walter, Valerie Walter

Phone: 660-216-1632

Email: yarrowhillfarms@gmail.com

Website: https://www.facebook.com/YarrowHillFarms, http://wildfloweradventures.wordpress.com/

Last Updated: 04-08-2014

General Description: We are a small homestead on 24 acres comprising 15 acres of rotational pasture, 1 acre of vegetable gardens, 2 acres of field crops and the balance wooded draws and reforestation project. We raise goats, sheep, cows, chickens, pigs for our own meat, dairy, fiber and fertility. We've been at our new farm for three years and are starting to learn the seasons and soil variability of North East Missouri. We attribute a significant part of our current success to our internships, and now that our basic infrastructure is in place we’re looking to start passing those experiences along. We are looking for one intern or apprentice to come learn, live, work and play this season.

Internship Starts: May 2014
Internship Ends: October/November 2014
Number of Interns: 1
App Deadline: End of April or until position is filled
Minimum Length of Stay: Six week minimum after two week trail, 4-6 months prefered

Meals: Almost all lunch and dinner meals are eaten together at the farm house. Breakfast is either shared or up to each individual. All food is provided and we eat animal products raised on farm with most meals. Interns will have the ability to participate in some cooking and have a space to prepare their own meals if desired.

Skills Desired: Non-required, some gardening or animal care work would be helpful. More than any experience or skill is the desire to learn and a commitment to working hard when needed.

Educational Opportunities: We're very interested in teaching you what we know. As a small farm family, we can take time to discuss various farming topics as we work. You will also receive dedicated sitdown time on focused topics if you are inclined. At a minimum every task you do will be fully explained; how, when and most importantly why we do it the way we do. We also work with other local farmers and you will have the opportunity to tour and see their operations too.

Stipend: None, meals are provided. Occasionally paid off farm work is available in construction trades or farm related tasks for supplemental income.

Housing: Be prepared to tent camp. Our farm is rustic. We started three years ago with undeveloped land and have build all of the structures and facilities on the farm. One project for this year is a three season cabin for interns and guests. Rain water harvesting (and filtration) provides all of our drinking and cooking needs. Bathing, laundry and irrigation water is provided by our pond.

Preferred method Of Contact: E-mail

Internship Details: Farming is hard work and we want you to be prepared for long days in the sun, or picking in the rain, lots of heavy lifting, bending over, weeding, hoeing, pulling, picking up, and walking (just to list the fun things!). Be prepared to get blisters, a sore back, sunburns, bug bites, poison ivy rashes, cold numb fingers, aching muscles, dry cracked hands and then go to bed exhausted and get up the next day to do it all over again (just trying to keep things in perspective). We expect our interns to work 5 -6 days a week beginning at 5 - 8 am and ending around 5 - 9 pm (depending on time of year, averaging 40-60 hours a week). Work will include vegetable production work from seeding to sales and animal care from breeding to butchering. You'll also have opportunities to spend time at farmers markets, and community events, learn food preservation, how to prepare meals from seasonally available produce, seed saving, foraging, knitting and spinning, season extension, tractor operations, irrigation maintenance, record keeping, seedling production, welding, carpentry, and access to a growing library of farming and homesteading books.


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