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Cerro Vista Farm
Cerro, NM 87519
Contact: Daniel Carmona
Last Updated: 10-29-2018
General Description: Cerro Vista Farm is a 30-acre farm located in Taos County, New Mexico surrounded by 2,200 acres of pastures and alfalfa fields. The farm lies at 7,500 feet elevation, the lowest point in the vast San Luis Valley, with spectacular 360 degree views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Rio Grande Gorge, and of numerous massive, extinct volcanoes. Though the growing season averages only 85 frost-free days, the sandy loam soils and high mountain snowmelt that irrigates the fields enable us to grow 40 different varieties of vegetables, flowers, grains, and beans which are sold through our 200-member CSA, at the Taos Farmers Market, and to local food stores and restaurants.
Internship Starts: April 15, 2019
Internship Ends: October 13, 2019
Number of Interns: 4
App Deadline: February 1, 2019
Minimum Length of Stay: 16 weeks
Meals: Interns will receive a CSA share of vegetables plus fresh bread, eggs, and honey each week. They will be responsible for obtaining any other food they want to eat and for preparing their own meals in the community kitchen.
Skills Desired: Workers with farming or gardening experience who can commit to the entire 26-week program will be given preference in the hiring process.
Educational Opportunities: Interns who work the full season at Cerro Vista farm will learn how to profitably farm and sell vegetables on a 5-acres-of-crops scale. Specifically, all these farming skills can be learned:
1. Using tractors, rototillers, & hand tools; field preparation, incorporating cover crops, bed and stale bed preparation, hand and machine planting, hand and machine weeding, flame weeding; using tractor-mounted cultivation, transplanting, and harvesting tools
2. Transplant plug production: planning, propagation, and transplanting techniques
3. Drip and sprinkler irrigation techniques and equipment
4. Harvesting, bunching, packing, and storing crops for retail and wholesale markets
5. Selling produce in CSA, farmers' market, restaurant, grocery store, and school markets
6. Root Cellar crop production, harvest, curing, and storage
7. Vegetable seed production and processing
8. Use of fertilizers, cover crops, green manures, crop rotations
9. Three-season greenhouse production
10. Farm business bookkeeping, farm production planning, cash flow projecting, field mapping, CSA accounting, and distribution logistics.
Stipend: Interns will receive a salary of $180.00 per week, plus a $1,000.00 bonus paid at the end of the season if they work the entire 26-week season.
Housing: The farm will provide a 10' x 10' private cabin space for each intern or apprentice. Cabins have electricity and wireless high speed internet. Cooking and bathing happen in separate community buildings that are shared by the interns.
Preferred method Of Contact: Email
Internship Details: A full-immersion program in row crop planning, production, and marketing