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Good Earth - Hands on Learning for Agrarian Living
at Talking Horse Farm and the Eureka Homestead
San Juan Island
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Contact: Amy Plant, Gary Miller

Email: goodearthcentre@gmail.com

Website: http://goodearthcentre.org

Last Updated: 05-01-2012

General Description: Our project reaches out as an educational resource for folk who are hungry to learn how to provide healthy food and lifestyles for themselves and others. We believe that nature has created the perfect design, so we are employing and experimenting with organic no-till, natural farming techniques, like those promoted by Masanobu Fukuoka as well as the philosophy of Michio Kushi who taught that health could lead to peace. Yoga and meditation classes also form part of the program.

We are currently undertaking a WSARE funded research and education project on no-till methods of direct seeding vegetables.

In August, Larry Korn (editor of Fukuoka's One Straw Revolution) will be joining us for a weekend workshop on natural farming.

We grow produce, herbs and flowers on a leased acre of land at Talking Horse Farm, a beautiful 160 acre working farm on San Juan Island. Everything is done by hand as we transition to organic no-tillage. Produce is sold locally and although the emphasis is not on commercial growing we obviously need to distribute our foods and to recognize the reality of sustaining the project financially.

Our project is centered on the holistic well-being of people and planet. We try not to separate the physical, mental and spiritual. Everything is connected to everything else.

Internship Starts: Open
Internship Ends: End of October 2012
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: Until Filled
Minimum Length of Stay: Open

Meals: Basic foods will be provided as well as your pick of veggies from the farm. We will share one meal together each working day.

Skills Desired: At least one season of experience on an organic farm is required. You must be prepared for hard, physical work. A willingness to learn and receive guidance is most important, alongside the desire to cultivate personal development through working and communicating with others on a common goal. We wish to work with people who are focused and committed to getting the most from this learning opportunity.

Educational Opportunities: Throughout the internship you will learn about the soil and how to improve it naturally. How to work with your body, with hand tools. How to plan, grow and preserve vegetables and herbs from seed to seed and nurture them with natural fertilizers. In addition to 32 hours of farm work we will support you in spending time on a related personal study of your choice. Informal yoga, meditation and cooking classes also form part of our holistic educational program. Our weekend workshop in August offers an amazing opportunity to meet Larry Korn and other experts.

About us:
Gary has been growing produce organically since he was in his early 20s and has a great deal of knowledge and experience. He is our primary educator and has a natural gift for teaching. Gary studied with Mishio Kuchi and has fantastic knowledge and passion for natural, healing foods and cooking. He is also a highly skilled sustainable building constructor and is committed to his yoga practice.

Amy has worked primarily as a community-based artist/activist, playfully bringing people together on common goals, creating space for sharing many voices, ideas and skills. Inspired by Ghandian ideals, she has a great deal of teaching experience and a deep passion for natural gardening.

Stipend: $200 per month after the one month trial period.

Housing: We provide a trailer and basic, camping accommodation for two interns at the Eureka homestead, a 15 minute cycle ride from Talking Horse Farm. The trailer has kitchen facilities. There is a compost toilet and bathhouse.

Preferred method Of Contact: Email

Internship Details: You will fully participate in the running of a small-scale organic vegetable farm with. We'd expect you to put in 32 hours of practical work per week. The internship will start with a trial period of one month. It's crucial that we all feel comfortable together and for you to discover if farming is really for you. Your work will include the whole range of tasks in the vegetable garden from planning to harvest, as well as some marketing and sales.


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