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955 Mt. Vernon Rd.
Tupelo, MS 38804
Contact: Horton Nash
Last Updated: 01-27-2011
We are looking for an Intern for the current year!!!! one intern or a couple is preferred. The internship will not be paid but most food and staples will be. There may be opportunities to make extra cash with farmers markets and or labor around town! Transportation would be nice and bikes will definitely suffice. Projects for this year include Hoop house construction, Barn, shed, Fence, and starting goat operations in addition to a 30 member CSA. There are other farms in the area that you may be able to help out on as well to expand your experiences! Come join us in re-growing the north Mississippi Foodshed. There is a room available in our house and camping is also possible. Position hoped to be filled by March or possibly sooner!
This will be a chance for anyone to come and help/learn the ways of bringing back to life an old family farm from the 30's. All that is left on the property is an old house, small pond, and 3-4 acres of beautiful, previously undisturbed pasture land in the flood plain of the Tombigbee waterway, right off the historic Natchez Trace Parkway. I will be starting a whole systems type of farm with as many elements as I can incorporate at a time: Veggies, establishing fruit yards, grains, saving seed, small amounts of livestock (chickens, turkeys, pigs, dairy goats, cows?). All aspects of turning a pasture into a small farm will be learned as well as finding and creating markets in the north-east Mississippi area. Long growing season, and moderate rainfall.
Check out the farm blog at: http://isisgardens.blog.com
I will be moving back to some family land in N. Mississippi (Tupelo) in November. I have about 4 acres of pasture alongside he family woodlands (80-100 acres) with a nice lake, big fish. There is a small house there built in the 20's, w/ no other structures. So any interns I get, we will have to figure if you want to camp or maybe sleep in the guest room. I haven't worked out any compensation for the interns, but am working on some support grants, as well I might can share some of the profits, if there are any, ha!!
On the farm there will be a load of things to do. All winter I plan on getting a barn together, maybe constructing a greenhouse, and trying to establish winter gardens. In the spring and summer it will be a blitz of stuff to do, starting veggies, fruit, and other awesome plants (tea, hops, covers, etc.). I will be working also on creating a young farmers collective for the area/region and creating ways to spread the love of what we will be laboring over. I am hoping to get milking goats after the barn is ready. This will lead to cheese and soap and such. There is lots of other stuff that will be going on all at the same time for example; harvesting down timber for structures, putting up/mending fence, developing farmscapes, creating ways to incorporate our farm with the woods, establishing fruit yards, harmonizing ideas of biodynamic, permaculture, natural 'old school' ways of working with the land.
Any and all ideas will be welcomed to a brew discussion. And I am looking for kind folk to share ideas and lead the way for a new generation of young growers.
"Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing." -Aristotle
Internship Starts: 1 March 2011
Internship Ends: Whenever you want
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: None
Minimum Length of Stay: 2 Months, With Exceptions
Meals: We will eat what we can grow
Skills Desired: Passion.
Educational Opportunities: As many as you can stand.
Housing: Guest room/camping. Camping preferred and constructing primitive living space for future interns!
Preferred method Of Contact: Email or phone
Internship Details: Learn the ropes.