Sustainable Living & Farming Jobs

The 2014 University of Vermont Farmer Training Program: Learn. Farm. Join the Sustainable Food Movement!

The six-month, intensive University of Vermont Farmer Training Program offers aspiring farmers the unique opportunity to manage their own growing site, take classes from professors and farmers, rotate as workers and learners between successful, diverse farms in the Burlington area, obtain a deeper understanding of small-scale farming, and acquire the entrepreneurial skills to start their own operation. This tuition-based program runs from May 5 to October 31, 2014.

Backdoorjobs.com • Short-Term Job AdventuresIn a world focused on technology and getting ahead at all costs, it might be time to look at life in a different way and focus on what's really important. This channel is virtually about the simple life and living more sustainably and organically!

Howdy, says the farm cow!It's for those who want to transform their world into something completely different—learning to become more self-reliant, connecting with the earth, integrating skills from the "good old days" that many of us take for granted, and leading a more balanced and harmonious lifestyle. It is the same spirit referred to by the poet Gary Snyder when he advised, Find your place on the planet and dig in. This channel will give you the tools to do just that.

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2013 marks the 100th anniversary of Gould Farm, the oldest residential therapeutic community in the nation dedicated to helping adults living with mental illness.

Whether tending to the gardens or roadside store, pasteurizing milk, or preparing wholesome meals, volunteers, staff, and guests alike work together to run this 600-acre farm.

Program in the Spotlight With locations in the Boston suburbs and the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, Gould Farm is a compassionate, respectful family environment where people with mental illness learn to build more meaningful lives for themselves through work, recreation and community life. The services at the farm remain rooted in the belief that every person has something to contribute despite mental or emotional limitations. Serving as informal counselors, work team leaders and role models, most staff and volunteers engage small groups of guests through work tasks that are required to run this 600-acre farm. In order to provide the most fulfilling experience, volunteers are asked to be flexible and work on several areas of the farm, which may include gardening, farming, forestry, dairy management, crafts, cooking, restaurant & retail management, childcare, administration, maintenance, and/or residential support. Boston area program staff live in a smaller community and provide support, guidance, and advocacy for clients who are well on their way to leading more independent lives. A minimum commitment of 12 months is necessary, with opportunities available throughout the year. Benefits include a monthly stipend, housing in private rooms, wholesome meals and full medical coverage. Mature, well-rounded and people-oriented individuals who are interested in learning and living in a therapeutic community are encouraged to apply. GouldFarm.org View contact and address information View Google Map & Get Directions View Facebook Page Follow on Twitter! Watch YouTube Videos

NOW HIRING — 2014 Farm & Food Job Openings
The Farm Assistant (Livestock Manager) will assist in the creation and maintenance of a safe, well-ordered, sustainable farm and agriculture environment.
The Harvest Barn Baker/Work Leader will assist in the daily operation of the Harvest Barn work program.
The Kitchen Work Team Leader will assist in the successful operation of the Gould Farm kitchen facility, which feeds approximately 60 to 100 people per day, three meals per day.

Whether tending to the gardens or roadside store, pasteurizing milk, or preparing wholesome meals, volunteers, staff, and guests alike work together to run this 600-acre farm.

The unique spirit that resides in the rural community lifestyle at Gould Farm offers both meaningful work coupled with recreation, singing, music, crafts and a celebration of farming and life.

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Urban Adamah is a residential leadership training program for young adults that integrates urban organic farming, social justice work and progressive Jewish living and learning in Berkeley, California.Urban Adamah (earth in Hebrew) is a community organic farm and Jewish environmental education center located in Berkeley, CA. The farm is run by groups of young adults ages 21-31 who participate in a three-month residential leadership training program.

The Urban Adamah Fellowship integrates urban organic farming, social justice work, and progressive Jewish living and learning. Twelve to fourteen Fellows are selected each season to operate an organic farm and educational center, intern with community organizations addressing issues at the intersection of poverty, food security and environmental stewardship, and learn an approach to Jewish tradition that opens the heart and builds joyful community. Fellows come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. A farming background or Jewish knowledge is not necessary to participate; individuals who will leverage the gifts of the program to make a positive change in their own lives and in the world will thrive in this environment. The cost of the Fellowship is on a sliding scale from $1,300–$1,800 and includes room, board and educational programming. 2014 Fellowships are available during the spring (March 2–May 23), summer (June 8–August 29) and fall (September 7–November 25) with admission done on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. View contact and address information View Google Map & Get Directions View Facebook Page View Instagram Photos Follow on Twitter! Watch YouTube Videos

SUMMER & FALL FELLOWSHIP Alert
Urban Adamah is accepting Fellowship applications for the summer and fall seasons!

As an Urban Adamah Fellow, you will immerse yourself in earth service, community service, service of the heart, and service of the mind.

The Urban Adamah Fellowship curriculum is designed to equip Fellows with the tools to become agents of positive change in their own lives and in their communities. You will immerse yourself in four unique service components: earth service, community service, service of the heart, and service of the mind.

Hidden Villa: ecology and environmental stewardship through farm and wilderness experiences

Connecting children, youth and the community to the earth and instilling a sense of responsibility for their environment, Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization that uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice. Stretching across 1,600 acres in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Hidden Villa features a multicultural summer camp, a school-year education programs for pre-k through 12th grade, a hostel, a CSA program and a variety of public programs. Yearlong Residential Internships in environmental education, community programs, animal husbandry, agriculture and development/nonprofit administration offer the unique experience of living and working on a small farm. Learning about sustainable living skills, animal care, environmental education, nonprofit administration and hands-on, interactive and creative teaching techniques round out the internship experience. Along with the chance to reside in a beautiful place, meet inspiring people and receive formal and informal educational training, interns receive a monthly stipend, shared housing and seasonal food from the farm. Hiring and start dates vary by internship; view current jobs, internships and summer camp job openings; and learn how to apply. View contact and address information View Google Map & Get Directions View Facebook Page Follow on Twitter!

Residential internships offer the unique experience of living and working on a farm and wilderness preserve while learning aspects of environmental education programs, sustainability, organic agriculture, animal care, and nonprofit administration.

Feature Article: A Day in the LifeIs it true that we can live out our dreams by creating our own realities? Find out how Cori Stennett's internship experience at Hidden Villa unlocked her door of opportunity. Read more Day in the Life accounts »

Emandal - A Farm on a River

Working with acres of organic gardens and farm animals... teaching children about the wonders of our natural environment... dishing up garden fresh, family-style meals... enjoying beautiful swimming holes of the wild and scenic Eel River... got you interested?

Explore the employment opportunities with Emandal—A Farm on a River: a unique place that not only provides a learning environment, but a chance to do something constructive while pondering life's options. This year's employment opportunities include Assistant Gardener, Animal Caretaker, Cooking Enthusiasts (3) and Seasonal Support Staff (14). Employment dates range from a full season running from mid-February to mid-October to partial season commitments ranging from ten weeks to three months. Benefits include a weekly salary, tips, meals (composed of home cooked delights, seasonal garden produce and in-house roasted coffee) and a private bedroom in shared housing. If you like the idea of working in the country away from the noise of the city with a congenial bunch of people, then working at Emandal might be for you. Explore current 2014 job openings or connect with Emandal for more information. View contact and address information View Google Map & Get Directions View Facebook Page View Yelp Reviews!

Emandal-A Farm on a River: Farming, Food, Animal & Guest Service Jobs

Emandal Farm has been a place of learning, relaxation and exploration for over 100 years! Hosting environmental education school groups in the spring and family and private guests in the fall affords a variety of employment opportunities that are great for transitioning between jobs, investigating a new career path, or serving as a jumping off point for future exploration.

Blackbird Farm is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about sustainable living, farming, healthy eating, agriculture and livestock.Blackbird Farm is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about sustainable living, farming, healthy eating, agriculture and livestock. Spread over 250 beautiful rolling acres in Mendocino County CA, the farm features eight guest cabins and a restored vintage farmhouse, horseback riding, tennis courts, high ropes course, a swimming pool, Farm to Table classes, wine tastings, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and more.

Be part of the Blackbird Farm Team!
The Farm Resident Advisor supports small groups of students for the four-day sustainable living program as well as assists and participates with students in various experiential learning activities and oversees the bunks. (August to mid-December)
The Barn Wrangler is responsible for assisting with every aspect of barn animal care and supporting students in experiential learning activities. (Year-round)
The Front Desk staff person provides friendly and professional customer service as well as checks-in/out B&B guests. (Year-round)
The Cleaning Assistant will clean and prepare guest cabins as well as cleaning dishes/dining area post meals. (Year-round)
The Facilities Assistant performs maintenance, repair and physical operation of equipment. (Year-round)
A Cook and Assistant Cook will prepare all meals. (On-call year-round; peak season: August-December)

Pay ranges from $8/hour to $275/week; some positions include room & board. To begin the application process, email your resume to Thomas Jagielski. View contact and address information View Google Map & Get Directions View Facebook Page View Google+ Page Check out Pinterest pinboard Check out TripAdvisor Reviews Check out Yelp Reviews

It is Blackbird Farm’s mission to provide both education and a hands-on experience growing sustainable food and creating organic food-products for its guests.

It is Blackbird Farm’s mission to provide both education and a hands-on experience growing sustainable food and creating organic food-products for its guests. Guests leave with a greater knowledge of agriculture and an appreciation for small-scale organic farming in California.

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The Pacific Quest Sustainable Growth program is divided into four basic phases: Reflection (Nalu), Personal Responsibility (Kuleana), Family (Ohana), and Community Service (Malama).

Explore Hawaii as a Wilderness Therapy Program Guide! Come work with at-risk youth on one of five organic farms on the Big Island of Hawaii. Pacific Quest facilitates an environment for adolescents and young adults to recognize a desire for change. In addition to working with a counseling and treatment team to achieve weekly outcomes for students, a typical day consists of working the land, role modeling, teaching and helping facilitate learning about sustainability, basic living skills, and emotional growth. Advanced students go on day outings once a week. The staff team consists of a Lead Program Guide, a Wellness Guide, a Support Instructor and/or an Apprentice. Each staff member will work eight-days on, six-days off from Thursday to Thursday. Compensation includes an hourly wage, WiFi access and room and board during the working period for the adolescent program (accommodations are not provided on your week off). Desired qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in psychology, farming/agroecology or outdoor education/leadership, or a minimum of 3 years relevant experience. Specific experience with “at-risk” youth or within wilderness therapy a plus. If you can make a one-year commitment and have experience and enthusiasm for working with teens in an outdoor therapeutic setting, apply with Pacific Quest! View contact and address information View Google Map & Get Directions View Blog View Facebook Page View Google+ Page Follow on Twitter! Watch YouTube Videos

Explore Hawaii as a Wilderness Therapy Program Guides for Pacific Quest!

Blending a wilderness therapy model on an organic farm, Pacific Quest facilitates an environment for students to recognize a want for change while learning about sustainability, basic living and problem solving skills, health and nutrition, emotional growth and Hawaiian culture. The Sustainable Growth program is divided into four basic phases: Reflection (Nalu), Personal Responsibility (Kuleana), Family (Ohana) and Community Service (Malama).

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Ploughshare Farm is a certified organic CSA located 18 miles north of Alexandria, Minnesota.

Ploughshare Farm is a 160-acre organic vegetable farm serving a 600 member CSA. Established in 2002, the farm is well known for the quality of vegetables and as a successful CSA model, with recognition given through several awards including Farmer of the Year. They have gained this status through hard work and dedication—precisely the philosophy that is emphasized in their workers. The farm has hosted 70 interns and workers over the past twelve years. For 2014, the farm is exclusively accepting applications for experienced field workers and management positions.

Experienced Field Workers will participate in all phases of the farm (from greenhouse operation and soil preparation to harvesting and marketing), and have opportunities to interact directly with CSA members and the public. Applicants must have the ability to take responsibility, be accountable, think clearly, act decisively and have a positive attitude and personality. Common skills and traits also include self-knowledge of goals and life direction, enjoy being outside doing physical work, in good health, and the ability to make and keep commitments. A competitive hourly wage (based upon experience) and housing is an option. Long-term supervisory opportunities are a possibility after at least a trial period of one year. Couples and families are welcome. For more information, email Gary Brever for detailed information and an application. View contact and address information View Google Map & Get Directions View Facebook Page Follow on Twitter! Watch YouTube Videos

The Ploughshare Farm field worker program is demanding yet offers a very rewarding experience for those who are willing to fully engage and challenge themselves.

You can expect many things as a Ploughshare Farm Field Worker. You can expect hard work with long days in the field. You will learn and participate in the everyday functions it takes to operate an organic farm. You will benefit from the observation, discussion and involvement with the farm staff and be able to further refine your future involvement in agriculture. And you will eat some of the best tasting and most amazing organic produce ever!

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Featuring a biodynamic dairy farm, bakery, cheese-making operation, a 12-acre market garden, CSA, Farm Store, Waldorf school, and Farmscape Ecology Program, Hawthorne Valley Farm provides ample opportunities to learn in new and exciting ways throughout the year.Featuring a biodynamic dairy farm, bakery, cheese-making operation, a 12-acre market garden, CSA, Farm Store, Waldorf school, and Farmscape Ecology Program, Hawthorne Valley Farm provides ample opportunities to learn in new and exciting ways throughout the year. During the spring (mid-January to mid-June) and fall (late August to mid-November) seasons, Visiting Students Program Interns teach school classes and conduct activities that focus on farm and country life for 3rd-10th grade students (including children's garden, farm & arts, and cooking internships). Summer at the Farm Camp helps children build a reverence for life and community awareness though living, playing and working together on an active farm. Summer Counselors and a variety of other summer staff (including kitchen assistants) work at either the House Camp (ages 8-11) or the Field Camp (ages 12-15). Whole Farm Apprenticeship Training in biodynamic farming and administration of the Community Supported Agriculture program is offered each year. This includes traditional Vegetable and Livestock apprenticeships as well as structured learning opportunities in the bakery, creamery, and kraut cellar. All staff members receive a stipend, housing, and tasty organic vegetarian meals. Contact Helen Enright for further information or explore details on all their programs and current job opportunities (including full-time job openings too). View contact and address information View Google Map & Get Directions View Facebook Page

Nurturing the land that nourishes us, Hawthorne Valley Farm teaching interns, farming apprentices and summer camp counselors work together on this unique 400-acre biodynamic dairy farm that combines care for the land and the creation of a welcoming place for children and young adults.

Nurturing the land that nourishes us, Hawthorne Valley Farm teaching interns, farming apprentices and summer camp counselors work together on this unique 400-acre biodynamic dairy farm that combines care for the land and the creation of a welcoming place for children and young adults.

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Dragonfly Transitions: Clinical Support, Life Skills, Holistic Transformation

Located in Southern Oregon within the shadow of Mt. Shasta, Dragonfly Transitions is home away from home for young adults who are struggling with the transition to healthy, productive independence. The Homestead at Transitions is a 30-acre farm where students work on therapeutic issues in a quiet, rural setting. Farm products are sold at the local farmer’s market as well as through a community supported agriculture program.

Farm Mentors provide a safe and supportive environment for students by holding boundaries and working with students on their treatment goals plan; teach life skills, self awareness and other concepts; and plan, lead and facilitate daily activities including farm chores, cooking as a group, and group meetings. Compensation is based on experience, plus benefits that include 3 weeks paid vacation, health insurance, and 401k plan. The position does not include housing but does include some meals. A minimum one-year commitment is required. Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree, a background working professionally with young adults struggling with diverse issues; a passion for local food, organic gardening practices, and sustainable living; and experience with farming skills such as animal husbandry, equipment maintenance, weeding, and growing delicious vegetables is preferred. To begin the application process, email your resume to Patrick Devlin. View contact and address information View Google Map & Get Directions View Facebook Page Follow on Twitter!

Do you have a passion for organic gardening practices, local food and sustainable living?

Do you have a passion for organic gardening practices, local food and sustainable living? As a Dragonfly Transitions Farm Mentor, you will lead daily farm chores while teaching young adults how to live in a healthy and sustainable way.

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Blooming Glen Farm: Locally Owned, Naturally Grown

Seeking Apprentices for the 2014 Season!
Situated in scenic Upper Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Blooming Glen Farm grows produce using organic methods on 35 acres, and markets through a 350-member CSA, wholesale, and at three weekly seasonal farmers markets. Farm Apprentices will become an integral part of the team, and gain hands-on experience in all aspects of farming—from seed to harvest. This is a hands-on work experience on a fast-paced, productive farm. You will learn by doing, and will be on your way to gaining the skills necessary to start your own farm. Benefits include a $1,200 monthly stipend, housing in a beautiful farmhouse located on the farm (with private room, full kitchen and laundry), utilities paid, WiFi, produce, access to CRAFT field trips and workshops at local farms. Applicants must make a full season commitment (April 1 to November 15, 2014), have a sincere interest in sustainable agriculture, be physically fit and willing to work hard, have a positive attitude and enjoy the benefits of being a farmer. A detailed job description and application can be found online. Finding a match between the farm and apprentices is extremely important; therefore an on-farm visit is required. Second year apprentices are strongly encouraged to apply. View all current job openings » View contact and address information View Google Map & Get Directions View Facebook Page View Photos on Flickr

As an Apprentice for Blooming Glen Farm, you will walk away from this experience with the knowledge of whether farming is the life for you, and well on your way to acquiring the skills needed to start your own farm.

At Blooming Glen Farm, you will experience the excitement that occurs when things do not go as planned (as they almost never do in farming), as well as the satisfaction of the harvest of a crop you have been a part of nurturing and sweating over every step of the way. You will return home each night with a feeling of exhaustion and gratitude with all that occurred throughout the day. And you will walk away from this experience with the knowledge of whether farming is the life for you, and well on your way to acquiring the skills needed to start your own farm.

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Farm and Wilderness is a Vermont non-profit organization that operates seven summer camps and year-round outdoor education programs.

Spend your summer at one of F&W’s rustic, simple-living summer camps, where you’ll focus on community, home grown fun and living closely with the natural world!

The Farm & Wilderness Foundation has been voted one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont! F&W is among 21 nonprofits and businesses in the Green Mountain State to gain this distinction in 2013.Program in the Spotlight Set on a beautiful 500-acre campus in the Green Mountains of Vermont, Farm and Wilderness (F&W) summer and year-round programs blend wilderness experiences, organic farms & gardens, living in community, cooperative work & service, life of the spirit and homegrown (and unplugged) creative arts. Quaker values are woven into the fabric of the community, creating an environment where people develop a deep regard for one another and explore a style of life that is simple, rugged and exciting. Each year, nearly 250 staff members are hired for seasonal work (230 of them in the summer months). Positions include camp counselors, senior support staff, activity heads (waterfront, barns & gardens, outdoor living skills, work projects & more), carpenters, cooks & kitchen staff, drivers, farmers, gardeners, maintenance workers, nurses, outdoor educators, special event coordinators and trip leaders. Work can seem like play in the camps because a cooperative group spirit enriches all the experiences of swimming and hiking, building and farming, dancing and music, crafts and cooking, and sharing thoughts and emotions. F&W also employs seasonal crew and interns throughout the year in the areas of organic farming, maintenance, carpentry and retreat coordination. Compensation includes a modest salary, housing and meals (mostly from fresh organic produce grown onsite!). If you are passionate about working with children and committed to community, apply now! FarmandWilderness.org View contact and address information View Google Map & Get Directions View Facebook Page Follow on Twitter! Watch YouTube Videos

NOW HIRING FARM INTERNS!
F&W is now seeking Farm Interns to begin immediately (with work options through October). Interns will assist the Farm Managers in the care of livestock, barns and gardens, as well as help administer activities such as homesteading, crafting, and food preservation within the summer camps and other programs. Benefits include $200/week, room and board, laundry, Internet access and professional development. Email [email protected] for more information and to apply!

Farm & Wilderness allows children a total removal from the bustle and demands of their busy, electronic lives. There is no recorded music, no television, and no electronic gadget of any kind at F&W.

The Farm & Wilderness staff is made up of "doers." They have backpacked in the Sierras, run food drives for the homeless, worked to clean up the environment, promoted the concept of world peace, played in bands, built houses, operated farms, and climbed in the Himalayas. In any given year, more than half are returning for another season.

The 2014 University of Vermont Farmer Training Program: Learn. Farm. Join the Sustainable Food Movement!

The Farmer Training Program is a 6-month intensive program for aspiring farmers and food systems advocates that provides a hands-on, skill-based education in sustainable agriculture. The University of Vermont, in partnership with the Intervale Center is offering a 6-month intensive program for aspiring farmers and food system advocates that will provide a hands-on, skill-based education in sustainable agriculture. The 2014 Farmer Training Program offers participants the unique opportunity to manage their own growing site, take classes from professors and expert farmers, and rotate as workers and learners on successful, diverse farms in the Burlington area. The program will provide an intense, supportive experience where participants leave with a Certificate in Sustainable Farming, a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, and the entrepreneurial skills to start their own operation. Areas of study include organic crop production, essential farming techniques, CSA, farmer's market and grocery/restaurant marketing, business management, cooking from the farm, and independent projects. Strong applicants include those looking for a career in sustainable farming and food systems, desire a comprehensive and hands-on farm education, and want to play an active role in the sustainable food movement. This full-time, tuition-based program runs from May 5 to October 31, 2014. Housing and meals are not included in the program fee. Review the application process or contact Susie Walsh Daloz for more information. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. View contact and address information View Facebook Page Follow on Twitter! View Vimeo Page

The UVM Farmer Training Program will provide an intense, supportive experience where participates leave with a deeper understanding of agriculture management and small scale farm business within the local community, and the entrepreneurial skills to start their own operation.

Through the UVM Farmer Training Program, aspiring farmers will have the uncommon opportunity to live, work, and learn in the center of the sustainable agricultural movement over a six-month period. With a Certificate in Sustainable Farming, participants will be prepared to enter the world of small, organic, sustainable farming as farmers, activists, educators, and policy makers impacting our food system in a positive way. Learn more about the program by watching this video »

Spring Lake Ranch: a small therapeutic work community in the Green Mountains of Vermont

Do you have a willingness to share life with a community of diverse people while helping those with mental illness cope with and lead more fulfilling lives?

Program in the Spotlight Located on 600 acres in Vermont's Green Mountains, Spring Lake Ranch is a residential therapeutic community with a common purpose to engage in the lives of others and the life of the land, and in so doing, to engage more fully in our own lives. Your role as a House Advisors/Crew Leader will not only be an intensely rewarding experience, but one that will challenge you mentally, spiritually, and physically. Whether you're growing vegetables, building Adirondack chairs, collecting sap for maple syrup or helping a resident with sewing or cooking, the ranch program demands flexibility and emotional spontaneity from its staff.

Benefits include $297/week, private accommodation within a Ranch residence, all meals, full health and dental insurance, three weeks' paid vacation (first year), 10 days paid sick time yearly, educational opportunities, use of all Ranch facilities (including laundry, linen service, woodshop, auto shop, pottery studio, computers, and lake front with private dock and canoes), and the many less tangible benefits that come from living and working in a close-knit community. A minimum six-month commitment is necessary, with a rolling application and interview schedule throughout the year. SpringLakeRanch.org View contact and address information View Google Map & Get Directions View Facebook Page

Spring Lake Ranch: Perspectives from House Advisors

Become a Spring Lake Ranch House Advisor and gain experience in outdoor work, support the strengths and resiliency of others, make friendships that will last a lifetime, and see yourself grow and develop in a supportive vibrant community. Play in the beautiful Green Mountains, work hard and learn much. Be part of a dynamic therapeutic community by living and working at Spring Lake Ranch!

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Innisfree volunteers are engaged in therapeutic and meaningful work in the bakery, community kitchen, farm, herb and vegetable gardens, the free school, weavery and woodshop.

Innisfree Village Residential Volunteer Program Program in the Spotlight Set in the foothills of the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, Innisfree Village is celebrating its 40th year as a lifesharing community for adults with intellectual disabilities. Coworkers and residential volunteers work together on this 550-acre farm in a model therapeutic environment emphasizing empowerment, interdependence and mutual respect of all community members. Serving as houseparents, Volunteers live together with coworkers in family-style homes throughout the village. After a one-month orientation period, responsibilities include cleaning, cooking, laundry, shopping, and finances of the house as well as caring for the personal needs of each coworker. Volunteers are also engaged in therapeutic and meaningful work in the bakery, community kitchen, farm, herb & vegetable gardens, the free school, weavery and woodshop.

Benefits include a private room, all meals, a monthly stipend of $265, 15 paid vacation days, access to onsite fitness facility, WiFi access, medical insurance and two consecutive days off per week. Fifteen to twenty people, all with various backgrounds and nationalities, are needed each year. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, able to make a one-year commitment and be patient, empathetic, flexible and positive. Applications are accepted throughout the year; a visit to Innisfree prior to applying as a volunteer is strongly recommended. InnisfreeVillage.org View contact and address information View Google Map & Get Directions View Facebook Page View Photos on Shutterfly Watch YouTube Videos

Employment Alert
Innisfree is currently seeking 3-4 full-time residential caregivers who can begin a year of service in May or June. This is a unique opportunity if you are interested in community living, working with people with special needs, and rural life or farming/gardening. Apply now »

Innisfree volunteers are engaged in therapeutic and meaningful work in the bakery, community kitchen, farm, herb & vegetable gardens, the free school, weavery and woodshop.

View a Day in the Life Feature StoryLearn how the Innisfree Village community empowered Lisa G. to find a new way to move through the world while volunteering again and again and again.

Wollam Gardens: A Flower Destination

If you have a passion for flowers, Wollam Gardens is the place to work, learn, live and grow the floriculture dream. Over 80 varieties of cut flowers are grown on eleven acres on this northern Virginia farm. Of particular interest are unusual cut-flower woodies (Quince, Hydrangeas, Cotinus, Physocarpus, Viburnums), fragrant bulbs (Oriental Lily, Mexican Tuberose), and dahlias (about 8,000 plants!). Each year, Flower Interns have the opportunity to learn all aspects of a cut-flower growing operation over a ten-week period (although shorter and longer-term opportunities are a possibility). Activities include seeding, planting, weeding, cutting and bouquet making at the farm as well as selling flowers at Washington D.C. area farmers' markets and high-end florists. Positions are available beginning in mid-April and continue through November (seasonally or the entire period). Compensation includes a $30/day stipend, a shared room in a historic colonial farmhouse, meals, laundry facilities and WiFi access. Life on the farm is a communal-living experience—all Interns will share in the chores of cooking, shopping, and cleaning. If you are creative, hard working, mindful, interesting, interested, social, thoughtful, and environmentally-friendly, visit the Wollam Gardens website to apply. View contact and address information View Google Map & Get Directions View Facebook Page

2014 INTERNSHIP Alert
Wollam Gardens is now accepting applications for the 2014 season!

Wollam Gardens offers a unique opportunity for those interested in a short-term experience on a flower farm. From working in the fields and bouquet making at the farm to selling flowers at Washington D.C. farmers' markets and to high-end florists, Flower Interns have the opportunity to learn all aspects of a cut-flower growing operation.

The life-enriching floriculture internship at Wollam Gardens will teach you every aspect of a cut-flower growing operation—beginning with the magic of seed to flower in the fields to sharing your harvest with enthusiastic flower customers at farmers' markets and florists.

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Olden Produce is an all natural produce farm.

Seeking Farm Interns in Wisconsin!
As a 4th generation farm transitioning back to sustainable methods, Olden Produce grows over 50 different varieties of vegetables, and maintains a fruit orchard, 16 bee hives and over 400 free ranged chickens for eggs. Produce is offered through a 200-member CSA, at farmer's markets, wholesale to restaurants, and onsite farm sales. New for summer 2013 is a local food market and artisan incubator kitchen! Interns will have the opportunity to get involved in everything that it takes to run a successful small farm business, including harvesting, greenhouse production, open field production, CSA preparation & interacting with members, chicken care and egg collection, selling at markets, working at the onsite market/kitchen, conducting daily animal chores and crop maintenance, and working on special projects. Benefits include a weekly stipend based on experience, housing near the farm, and plenty of produce. Positions run from late May through October. Possible option to work longer. Applicants should be passionate about farming, self-motivated and able to follow directions well, and not be afraid to try new things and get dirty. To begin the application process, email your resume and references to Richard & Tracy Vinz. View contact and address information View Google Map & Get Directions View Facebook Page Follow on Twitter!

Olden Produce Intern positions are developed around the farm and the Intern's individual interest — no one will get stuck doing the same thing day in and day out!

My season spent with Olden Produce was the best decision I ever made! I learned so much both through having the opportunity to DO everything on the farm, and through the Vinz's passion for what they do and in turn SHARING that passion with anyone who wants to know. They are also so much fun to work with, and they're always trying something new, which makes every day an adventure!
—Olden Produce Intern

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The Kalu Yala intern program is an exciting opportunity for college students, recent grads and young professionals to work with the Kalu Yala team to discover a new and conscious way of living. Kalu Yala Internships is an 11-week entrepreneurial skill-share and development program for students in a variety of fields. Since Summer 2010, Kalu Yala Internships has had Interns from 43 states, 16 countries and 123 universities.

Kalu Yala Internships allows students and young professionals to come to Panama and gain cultural exposure, work experience, and knowledge in order to create a project that will ultimately help shape the sustainable community of Kalu Yala. They host several programs: Agriculture/Animal Science (creating an organic farming & livestock system), Health & Wellness (working to enhance rural Panamanian healthcare), Biology (cataloging all flora & fauna and preserve the Kalu Yala's abundant biodiversity), Business & Entrepreneurship (focusing on shaping the real estate development model and forward-thinking community relations), Community Outreach & ESL (grassroots community organizing, leadership training and education in rural Panama), Outdoor Recreation (creating a variety of sustainable recreation opportunities for residents & visitors), and new for 2014 are programs in Farm-to-Table Culinary Arts and Forestry. Tuition covers housing, meal plan, and personal project supplies. 2014 Internships are available during the Spring (January 13–March 28), Summer (May 19–August 1) and Fall (September 1–November 14). Apply now. View contact and address information View Facebook Page Follow on Twitter! View WordPress Blog Watch YouTube Videos

Interested in helping to create the world's most sustainable village? As a Kulu Yala Intern, you will gain cultural exposure, work experience, and knowledge in order to create a project that will ultimately help shape this sustainable community in Panama.

Interested in helping to create the world's most sustainable village? Discover a new and conscious way of living in Panama! Kalu Yala is seeking passionate, self-starting individuals from all backgrounds who would like to flourish in a whole-systems, entrepreneurial research environment. Be MORE than an Intern »

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