Bio-dynamic community farm crew position now open in the epic Round Valley, Northern California! Stipend, meals, housing, WIFI, experiential education provided. Join 3 skilled crew members, 2 farmers, numerous volunteers, animals and livestock on this unique, legendary, biodynamic farm. Fun fact! Live Power is one the first community supported agriculture farms in California, started in 1988. Come seize the opportunity to work and learn on an entirely self -supporting family/small community scale biodynamic farm operated with “Live Power”: draft horse tillage. Crew participate full time, with mentoring, in intensive vegetable production for 100 members, school children class visits, livestock and forage raising for food and land and fertility management, and overall farm care maintenance and operation. Crew will participate and be mentored in:
1. All aspects of the vegetable. 2. Biodynamic field practices. 3. Feeding and caring for livestock. 4. General farm maintenance. 5. Participation in school class visits. 6. General farm planning and management. Full day work schedule with ample meal times and afternoon break in hot weather. 5 days a week.
Skills Required: Good communication skills, a grateful and respectful attitude and willingness to receive and practice technique directions specific to this Bio - dynamic farm.
Skills Desired: We prefer to work with people who have at least one season of farming experience and who are committed to pursuing a career in agriculture. Knowledge of, or interest in, Biodynamic agriculture is helpful.
Work/learning opportunity in an entirely self -supporting family/small community scale biodynamic farm operated with “Live Power” PV solar electric and e-tractor, draft horse tillage, and on farm generated fertility to minimize fossil energy use and climate pollution in food production. Interns participate full time, with mentoring, in intensive vegetable production for 100 members, school children class visits, livestock and forage raising for food and land and fertility management, and overall farm care maintenance and operation.
Interns will participate and be mentored in:
1. All aspects of the vegetable garden –CSA crop planning, bed preparation, planting and sowing, raising transplants, weeding and cultivation, setting up sprinkler lines, harvesting, watering, processing, trellising.
2. Stirring and applying BD field and crop sprays and compost making-collecting manure and crop residue materials, building piles, inserting BD preparations, and loading manure spreader to distribute compost.
3. Feeding and caring for livestock-setting electro-net for strip grazing, herding animals, stacking hay, castrating and docking, hoof trimming, cow milking, and hand shearing sheep and custom on farm slaughter.
4. General farm maintenance- Fencing, repairing fence, clearing blackberries out of fence lines, repairing farm tools, wheelbarrows and hoses, and fruit tree pruning.
5. Participation in school class visits-leading groups of children in farm activities during school class visits.
6. General farm planning and management.
Educational Opportunities: Crew will rotate through the various areas of learning/responsibility. Monday after breakfast there is an organizational meeting to outline work for the week and field questions and communications. Crew tasks are explained and supervised by farmers until the crew is proficient. As time and energy allows there are hands on discussions of individual tasks in the field and 1-2 hour educational discussions on general basic topics such as garden planning, cover cropping, composting, Biodynamic preparations and uses, forage plants, hay making, animal management, strip grazing, farm log and record keeping, draft animal equipment and tillage practices, harness and harnessing, basic work horse handling, field irrigation, garden irrigation, sprinkler and plumbing maintenance, cultivation, crop timing, community farm operation, and associative economic principles. We will help crew attend the quarterly Northern California Biodynamic Association meetings at other farms in the region and local Farmers Guild meetings and educational workshops.
Please reach out as soon as possible and then we will send you an application.
Internship Starts: As soon as possible
Internship Ends: November 25, 2020
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: As soon as possible
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months