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Sandhill Farm
RR 1 Box
Box 155
Rutledge, MO 63563

Phone: 660-883-5545

Email: interns@sandhillfarm.org, lulu@riseup.net

Website: http://www.sandhillfarm.org

Last Updated: 02-08-2016

General Description: We’ve been farming communally since 1974 on 150 acres in rural northeast Missouri. We organically grow most of our food and share income, meals, vehicles and other resources. Currently we have 7 adult members and one 7 year old kid. Our numbers swell during the growing season with interns, visitors and guests. The land includes large vegetable & herb gardens, orchards, woods, hayfields, bee yards, cropland and pasture. We raise poultry and grains. We produce sorghum, honey, garlic, vegetables for a CSA, and specialty condiments. The large diversity of crops is reflective of our goal of growing 80-90% of our own food. We strive to create models of existence that work to dismantle the current systems of oppression, and value shared work and honest communication. Our meetings are run by consensus. Some of the ways we relax and have fun are mealtime conversations, weekly potlucks, crafts, swimming in the pond, and regular celebrations(including sequins and dance parties). We attract interns interested in organic gardening, food processing, communal living and homestead maintenance/construction.

Internship Starts: 04-01-2016
Internship Ends: 11-01-2016
Number of Interns: 3
App Deadline: 03-15-2016
Minimum Length of Stay: 8 Weeks

Meals: All meals provided with attention to specific dietary needs and preferences. we eat really yummy delicious home grown meals!

Skills Desired: We hope to attract an intern pool interested in communal living, organic gardening, small scale farming, food processing, and homestead maintenance/construction. We also encourage all interns to be flexible and help out where needed. Prior experience or skills are helpful; lots of energy and enthusiasm for learning are important. Self-motivation and a willingness to work independently are essential. Interns learn by working with members and other interns. An understanding of or curiosity to learn about sexism/heterosexism, racism and other forms of oppression is helpful for fitting in with the culture and norms of our community.

Educational Opportunities: This year the internship will offer some "classroom"/ field study opportunities; but overall learning is informal and hands-on. Interns should be ready to initiate contact with members or other interns when instruction or direction is needed. While we invite interns to focus on areas they’re interested in, we ask that they also be available to help wherever needed. Intern learning/work areas include the activities described in the general description of the community above. Nearby Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Red Earth Farms, Wren Song and other groups in our network offer workshops in natural building, herbal medicine, etc., and we can usually work out a way for our interns to participate if they wish.

Stipend: $50/month.

Housing: we have bedrooms for full season interns and sometimes for shorter season interns. otherwise folks may camp.

Preferred method Of Contact: Email

Internship Details: See our website at: http://sandhillfarm.org/internships.php for a detailed description of our intern program. Interns will work 36 hours/week, receive room and board plus a small monthly stipend. We have bedrooms available for most interns. Interns participate in 3 weekly work parties - all other work is self-directed with guidance from the garden management team. We take interns every season. We generally select one full season intern and two partial season(1-3 month) interns


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