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Camino de Paz Montessori School and Farm
03A Camino de Paz
P O Box 669
Santa Cruz, NM 87567

Contact: Patricia Pantano, Greg Nussbaum

Phone: 505-231-2819
505-670-7890
505-747-9717

Email: patriciap@caminodepaz.net

Website: http://www.caminodepaz.net

Last Updated: 04-06-2018

General Description: Camino de Paz Montessori Secondary and Farm in Santa Cruz, NM, produces fruits/vegetables and goat milk products for local farmers market and wholesale distribution. Our farm is integrated with a Montessori middle/high school and students play a big role in farm operations, research and sales. Our ten acre campus includes 4 greenhouses, produce fields, orchards, pastures, milk parlor and make room, classroom and art/music studio. We are certified organic and grow year-round selling 50 weeks per year at the Santa Fe Farmers Market. We have been in business for 18 years and continue develop our products and markets. We host visiting groups from all over the world who come to learn from our farm/school model. Our unique setting as a Montessori adolescent community located on a farm provides many opportunities to share your knowledge and to learn more about yourself through challenging experiences with developing young adults. During the summer students rotate one week on the farm to help with the upkeep and daily routines. We also hire alumni to help during the summer months. Our staff meets weekly for planning and problem-solving. Our focus is to create a community of adults who are able to be flexible, express themselves openly and problem solve. We strive for an atmosphere of honesty and openness. The work is hard and usually involves work on weekends as we rotate staff through the 24/7 needs of a farm. Camino de Paz is located in the northern Rio Grande Valley, bounded east and west by beautiful and accessible mountain ranges. We are home to a diverse population of indigenous peoples (Eight Northern Indian Pueblos), descendants of Spanish settlers of the 1600's, recent Hispanic immigrants, and Anglo/European populations. The capital city of Santa Fe (25 miles to the south) is the second largest art market in the U.S. and tourism is the 4th largest industry. The surrounding countryside offers amazing camping, hiking, hunting, fishing and exploration of geological and ancient pueblo sites. Over 100 small farms in the area sell at a variety of local farmers markets: Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Espanola, etc.

Internship Starts: 05/15/18
Internship Ends: 06/30/19
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: 05/05/18
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months

Meals: Lunch provided Tuesday through Friday with students and staff while school is in session. Interns have access to foods raised on farm: produce, yogurt, kefir, cheeses, meat. Breakfasts and suppers are on-your-own, except for one night/week when we have staff meeting.

Skills Desired: Desired qualifications are experience with seeding, plant starts, transplanting, weed control and integrated pest management, harvesting, along with marketing and sales skills. This job is not for the faint of heart and requires • organization and efficiency • understanding of running a farm as a successful business, not a hobby • Willingness to communicate openly with the rest of the team. Bilingual ability (Spanish/English) a plus; hours vary seasonally from 35-50 per week We have weekly staff meetings for decision-making and to insure that things run smoothly.

Educational Opportunities: Attendance at farm-related conferences such as NM Organic Farming Conference, Quivira Coalition, etc. in addition to lots of in-site training

Stipend: $100/week with potential to increase

Housing: On-site housing in camper trailers with one's own kitchen, bedroom, bath and sitting area.

Preferred method Of Contact: email

Internship Details: We are looking for 2 farm interns for the summer season and beyond into the school year (May/June, 2018 to May/June 2019). This is a unique opportunity to be involved in all aspects of an organic farm and goat dairy. Tasks include supporting the farm manager in seeding, growing, harvesting, bed preparation, weed and pest management. Tasks related to the goat dairy include feeding, animal care, fencing and gate repair, milking, pen cleaning, and implementing rotational pastures. Our farm is integrated with a Montessori middle and high school. This means that you will often be working with young adolescents – creating a model for hard work, careful observation, maintaining standards of organization and cleanliness and care of plants and animals. Our staff meets weekly for planning and problem-solving. Our focus is to create a community of adults who are able to be flexible, express themselves openly and problem solve. We strive for an atmosphere of honesty and openness. The work is hard and usually involves work on weekends as we rotate staff through the 24/7 needs of a farm.


 

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