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beaverdam fresh farms
Milam Road
Cedar Bluff, MS 39741

Contact: Dustin Pinion, Ali Fratesi

Phone: 662-207-1455

Email: beaverdamfreshfarms@gmail.com, alifratesi@gmail.com

Website: http://www.beaverdamfreshfarms.com

Last Updated: 10-10-2014

General Description: We model our 70+ acre farm from previous internships with Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms in Virginia and Indian Ridge Farm in Colorado. We grow a diverse range of products from mixed vegetables to pasture raised chicken, turkeys, ducks, eggs, pork, and cattle. The livestock are rotated on diverse pastures which allows for a stress free environment with plenty of sunshine and fresh air. Our livestock are raised without the use of antibiotics, hormones, and vaccinations and our mixed vegetables are grown using organic methods with intensive composting. Dustin also serves as a farm consultant for the surrounding areas. We offer our products as well as other local farmer's products to our 7 buying club locations and farmer's markets with over 1500 families in our buying club mailing list.

Internship Starts: November
Internship Ends: June 2015
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: As soon as possible
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months

Meals: Most meals can be provided by what is grown on the farm (meats, vegetables, and canned goods), and many meals will be shared with the family and other interns.

Skills Desired: Interest in sustainable farming, and the ability to work efficiently and maintain a good attitude are imperative. Interns should be hard workers, enjoy physical labor, and be able to work early mornings. They should have good common sense and be responsible for their actions. Must be comfortable butchering chickens, ducks, and turkeys. Candidates must be able to lift at least 50 pounds. There is no requirement for previous farm experience. All are welcome to apply.

Educational Opportunities: Interns will have the opportunity to learn how to run and work on a very diversified farm. They will have the opportunity to visit other local farms and CSAs in the area. They will learn how to process chickens, and turkeys, build chicken tractors and shade structures, put up electrical fencing, management intensive grazing, integrating vegetables and livestock, high tunnel/livestock production, marketing skills, bulk livestock shares, mushroom production, vegetable harvesting, safe handling of eggs, vegetables, and meats, value adding products, canning and preserving foods, curing meats, intensive composting, setting up water systems, farmers markets and buying clubs, partnership farming (developing relationships with other farmers/landowners) and many other farm skills. We ask that you provide us with some of the topics that you are interested in, so that we may use them as discussion topics. We will break down enterprises and provide handouts/info for you to use in the future. We suggest that you bring a pocket sized notebook so that you are able to take notes in the field. You will also have access to our extensive library.

Stipend: $150 per week plus any meats/vegetables from the farm and free housing.

Housing: Free housing, shower, kitchen, bathroom, internet on the farm.

Preferred method Of Contact: by e-mail and then there will be a phone interview.

Internship Details: You will have the opportunity to work on a 70 acre plus farm. Chores vary from season to season. Mornings and evenings in the spring and fall you will do chores such as moving chicken tractors, watering and feeding chickens, moving cows and turkeys. You also will have opportunities to work in the garden. In the late fall/winter we work on a lot of projects such as building chicken tractors, egg mobiles, brooders, high tunnels, brooders, pig paddocks, and etc. You will also have the opportunity to work alongside us at farmers' markets and our buying clubs. Farm work can be a demanding, yet rewarding experience. If you are willing to work hard, and have a serious interest in sustainable agriculture you will be considered for the position. We will do our best to teach you as much as you are willing to learn, and as time goes on you will be able to work more independently.


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