Sustainable Living & Farming Jobs

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.

With summer and year-round programs that blend wilderness experiences, organic farms & gardens, living in community, cooperative work & service, life of the spirit and homegrown (and unplugged) creative arts, Farm and Wilderness hires 300+ seasonal staff each year! Staff members 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. Sound like you?

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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Sandbrook Meadow Farm - Community Supported Agriculture in New Jersey! New Farming Internships in New Jersey! Located on 50 acres in beautiful rolling New Jersey farmland, Sandbrook Meadow Farm is committed to preserving the integrity of the land and the joys of farm community through responsible organic farming practices. The spring of 2011 marked the farm's first growing season offering fresh organic vegetables to CSA shareholders. Farm Interns are a key element of the farm and can expect to contribute and learn skills in greenhouse management, field production methods, harvesting and distribution. The Farm values a cooperative relationship and are committed to making the internship an educational experience as well as a working one. Housing and a $1,000/month stipend is provided as compensation. Interns are also welcome to enjoy produce from the farm and are encouraged to can, freeze, and dry food as it becomes available. Positions run from April 15th or May 1st through October 31st. The daily hour commitment will vary greatly depending on seasonal demands. Applicants need to be fit, flexible, live a healthy lifestyle, and be team players. If you have enthusiasm for growing food and community while having lots of fun, call or email Alex Sawatzky and an application will be emailed to you. A phone interview and meet and greet (if possible) are the final steps.

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Sandbrook Meadow Farm Interns are a key element of the farm and can expect to contribute and learn skills in greenhouse management, field production methods, harvesting and distribution.

Beyond having a productive growing season, creating a fun and enjoyable working experience is a top priority at Sandbrook Meadow Farm.

Beyond having a productive growing season, creating a fun and enjoyable working experience is a top priority at Sandbrook Meadow Farm. As farming can be a strenuous and draining vocation, it is very important to keep hearts and minds satisfied.

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Hidden Villa's Residential Internships provide individuals with work experience, enrichment classes, and projects that build marketable skills for future farmers, educators, and community leaders!

Hidden Villa's Residential Internships provide individuals with work experience, enrichment classes, and projects that build marketable skills for future farmers, educators, and community leaders! 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. Year-Long 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.

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2016 Internship Alert
Hidden Villa is currently accepting applications for a Youth Development Intern. The position begins with a required Summer Camp component from June–August and the internship portion runs from August–May 2017. Apply by February 19th.

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.

Is 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 »

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 $600–$3,000 and includes room, board and educational programming.

2016 Fellowships are available during the summer (June 9–August 26) and fall (September 4–November 22) with admission done on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. View the experience »

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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.

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.

Emandal - A Farm on a River

Working with acres of organic gardens and farm animals... helping guests experience 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.

2016 employment opportunities include a Guest Relations Coordinator, Seasonal Support Staff (7), Cooking Enthusiasts (3) and Assistant Gardeners (one for the Kitchen Garden and the other for the Ornamental Gardens). Emandal operates as a guest facility and the Support Staff/Cooking Enthusiast/Guest Relations Coordinator work reflects it: meal prep, dining hall setup, food service, and, of course, lots of dishes, weekly cabin cleaning and laundry. You might also find yourself helping with animal chores, packing pickles, roasting coffee, picking berries or churning ice cream.

Benefits for all positions include a weekly salary, tips, great meals (composed of farm cooked delights, seasonal garden produce and in-house roasted coffee), a private bedroom in shared housing and the opportunity to meet lots of interesting people. 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. The season runs fron April–October, with employment dates that vary by position. Summer positions are also available from May 15–September 6. Explore current job openings or connect with Emandal for more information.

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2016 Hiring Alert!
Emandal is now accepting applications for the 2016 season! Apply early as these positions fill quickly.

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

Employment opportunities with Emandal - A Farm on a River are great for transitioning between jobs, investigating a new career path, or serving as a jumping off point for future exploration.

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.

The Woolman Semester School is a progressive academic school for young people who want to make a difference in the world.Are you having a hard time deciding if you want to be a farmer, outdoor and academic trip leader, chef, youth mentor or teacher? Experience all of these jobs as in Intern at Woolman Semester School! Based on a 230-acre property in Northern California, Woolman is a Quaker-based progressive academic school for young people who want to make a difference in the world. Students come for a “semester away” to take an active role in their learning experience through community work, organic gardening and cooking, permaculture, art, wilderness exploration and service work. The Community Internship is a 10-12 month experience of living, working, growing and learning beginning every August. The Interns primary role is to support the semester school and high-school students, with responsibilities that include attending community meetings, co-leading academic, adventure and service trips, leading student orientations and retreats, cooking and gardening, overseeing homework, and so much more. There is no cost or salary for participating in the Internship Program; however, you will be compensated with all meals and housing in cozy rustic cabins that are just a short distance from a central bathroom, shower and laundry facility. Applicants must be at least 21, with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent life experience. If you are self-motivated, community-minded, reliable, and are ready to devote long, fulfilling days to the vitality of the program, complete the online application by February 28, 2016. Eight positions are available.

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Farm-to-Table Internship Opening
The Farm-to-Table Internship is a 10-12 month program that offers a unique chance to explore the richness and fulfillment of working in garden education and food advocacy. Position begins on August 1st; apply by February 28th.

If you are prepared to work hard for a community that you believe in, and one that believes in you, this may be the perfect place.

If you are prepared to work hard for a community that you believe in, and one that believes in you, this may be the perfect place. Interns are fully integrated into the life, work, and play of the Woolman community, and form an essential thread that helps weave together the fabric of life here. On any given day, you may be creating beautiful meals, planting seeds, harvesting roots, connecting with students, hugging, laughing, crying, supporting—doing the invaluable work of the heart.

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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 (Naalehu) and Young Adults (Hilo) 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, room and board during the working period for the adolescent program (accommodations are not provided on your week off), and health benefits. 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!

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The gardens at Pacific Quest offer a living example of what growth looks like, creating a culture where words and actions are matched, leaving students with empowering life skills that are transferable beyond the garden.

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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Located in a beautiful, rural area with a strong community in the western mountains of Maine, Apple Acres Farm grows 10 acres of apples with mixed fruits planted.

Apple Acres Farm is located in a beautiful, rural area with a strong community in the western mountains of Maine. The Farm grows 10 acres of apples with mixed fruits planted, planning to transition to organic. 2015 brought their first organic orchard being planted, and 2016 brings an addition for their farm café being built. Now seeking Apprentices who will be responsible for learning general apple growing practices (pruning, tree grafting, weeding, mowing with tractors, hand thinning and apple picking/grading), participating in soil building practices, working in the farm store and café (including cleaning and monotonous inside jobs), making products (such as apple cider syrup, apple chips or your own creation!), learning about small business financial management and assisting at all farm events. Compensation includes a $150/week stipend, an apartment with bathroom and kitchen (including bulk food supplies), a weekly CSA share and the opportunity to attend Organic Farmers Association workshops and seminars. Apprenticeships run from May 15th to November 1st or June 15th through Thanksgiving (six days/week), with flexible dates. Applicants must have prior experience with physical labor, interest in furthering the sustainable food movement and interest in running a farm or a small business. To apply, send a short email to Molly Griffin McKenna describing yourself, your upbringing and influences, and any relevant experience or reasons why you are interested in farming.

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Apple Acres Farm is seeking Apprentices who will be responsible for learning general apple growing practices, participating in soil building practices, working in the farm store and café, making products, learning about small business financial management and assisting at all farm events.

The farm team at Apple Acres Farm also loves swimming and music! You can borrow sea kayaks at any time to enjoy the two rivers in town. And as part of your apprenticeship experience at the Farm, you’ll assist with (and enjoy!) the Ossipee Valley Music Festival that Apple Acres Farm runs from July 28th–31st, 2016.

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Gould Farm is the first residential therapeutic community in the nation dedicated to helping adults with mental health and related challenges move toward recovery, health and greater independence through community living, meaningful work, and clinical care.

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

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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.

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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Bluebird Gardens CSA – Savoring the feast of biological farming.

Located in the lush countryside just north of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, Bluebird Gardens CSA features 300+ acres of farmland where a wide variety of nutrient-rich and delicious crops are grown. Bluebird Gardens CSA members not only invest in their own health and well being, they are also investing in local, sustainably raised food and ecological health. Bluebird Gardens believes in responsible land stewardship that builds the natural fertility of the soil, preserves habitat for wildlife and increases biodiversity. Interns are needed from April through October, 2016 to join the Bluebird family serving the land and the community, while learning valuable knowledge on sustainable agriculture, plant and soil health, cover cropping, CSA service and farm maintenance, tractor and machinery skills, irrigation, high tunnels, planting, weeding, harvesting, packing the CSA box and biological farming. The farm is also seeking those with special talents such as computer savviness, creative YouTube video editing skills, Facebook networking, tractor talents, truck delivery and management abilities as well as an individual to help Mark run the farm in terms of tractor work, moving irrigation, etc. (the salary will be based on your energy and abilities). Intern compensation includes a stipend of $1,800/month, housing on the farm (including utilities) a selection of vegetables from the daily crop yield and WiFi access in the main house. Energy, eagerness to learn and passion for what the farm does are vital. Email Mark Boen to begin the application process.

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Farming is a daily puzzle that takes many talents to solve. The Bluebird Gardens philosophy at the farm is keeping an open door for everyone to offer their diverse skills and knowledge to help the farm reach their goal. All with compassion and respect are welcomed and embraced!

Bluebird Gardens CSA grows the highest quality, nutrient-rich vegetables through biological farming — a tribute to creation. This involves putting everything into place so nature can do her work. It all starts with the soil. The farm team adds in the missing elements and feed the life in the soil that helps build fertility. The result is great tasting, nutrient-rich vegetables.

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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 400-acre biodynamic dairy farm, cheese-making operation, organic bakery, a sauerkraut cellar, 14-acre market garden, 300 member CSA, a full-line natural foods store, Waldorf school and Farmscape Ecology Program, Hawthorne Valley Farm provides ample opportunities to learn in new and exciting ways throughout the year. Place Based Learning Center Education 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) during the spring (mid-January to mid-June, with a summer camp option) and fall (late August to early December) seasons. 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 Camp Counselors (mid-June to mid-August) and a variety of other summer camp staff (including Kids Can Cook staff who will guide children through daily farm, cooking, craft, swimming and garden activities) 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 beginning in February/March. 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 Danielle Fontaine for further information.

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Summer Employment Alert!
Hawthorne Valley Farm is now seeking Camp Counselors and Kitchen/Dining Hall Staff for the summer 2016 season (June 20th–August 13th).

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.

Here you’ll have the opportunity to live and work on a real, working farm—waking to the rooster’s crow and eating delicious, home-cooked meals created from food produced on the farm and other Hudson Valley organic growers.

Nurturing the land that nourishes us, Hawthorne Valley Farm teaching interns, farming apprentices and summer camp staff 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 Brian Rossiter.

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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.

Rogue Farm Corps trains the next generation of farmers and ranchers through hands-on educational programs in four geographic areas in Oregon.

Rogue Farm Corps trains the next generation of farmers and ranchers through hands-on educational programs in Oregon’s Rogue Valley, South Willamette, Portland Metro Area and Central Oregon Region. FarmsNext is a full season of hands-on training and skill-based education in sustainable agriculture for aspiring farmers and ranchers with little or no farming experience.

Through an innovative and cooperative model, the FarmsNext Internship combines up to 1,500 hours of field training with a mentor farmer (with opportunities to learn organic vegetable, herb, seed and flower production, raising livestock, farmstead dairying, and a diversity of marketing and distribution techniques), classroom learning with agricultural professionals and expert farmers, tours of local farms, discussion circles, and opportunities for farm-based independent study. In addition, students will experience an unparalleled sense of community and social networking as they engage in the daily life of a vibrant agricultural economy. The tuition fee of $1,500 includes rustic housing, farm-produced food and some staples provided by your host farm, and a $400-$600/month stipend.

The program begins in March/April with lengths of stay from 6-9 months. Learn more about participating farms and fill out an application by March 1, 2016. Thirty-five students will be accepted into the program this year!

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This immersive experience will leave students with a deeper understanding of sustainable agriculture, a foundation of entrepreneurial skills, and practical knowledge to plan for and start their own farming operation.

As a student in FarmsNext, you will work hard. You will learn from a diverse community of mentor farmers, agricultural specialists, and food system professionals, while living and farming in one of the most beautiful places in the country. This immersive experience will leave you with a deeper understanding of sustainable agriculture, a foundation of entrepreneurial skills, and practical knowledge to plan for and start your own farming operation.

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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 Situated on 700 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 $309/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

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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!

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 18 smaller nonprofits and businesses in the Green Mountain State to gain this distinction in 2015.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, over 300 staff members are hired for seasonal work, with positions that include camp counselors, senior support staff, activity heads (waterfront, barns & gardens, outdoor living skills, service projects & more), carpenters, cooks & kitchen staff, drivers, farmers, gardeners, maintenance workers, nurses, outdoor educators, special event coordinators, trip leaders and more. 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

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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 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 2016 UVM 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 9th through October 28th, 2016 and is limited to 25 students. Housing and meals are not included in the program fee. Review the application process or contact Susie Walsh Daloz for more information. Applications will be reviewed monthly and admission into the program will be offered on a rolling basis until the program and wait list are full.

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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 »

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Innisfree Village Residential Volunteer Program

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.

Program in the Spotlight Set in the foothills of the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, Innisfree Village celebrated its 40th year in 2011 as a lifesharing community with adults who have 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 $265/month stipend, 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

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Immediate Job Openings!
More to Explore!Innisfree is currently seeking full-time Residential Caregivers who can begin a year of service starting in the winter/spring months This is a unique opportunity if you are interested in community living, working with people with special needs, and rural life or farming and gardening.

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

Read 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, or take a sneak peek of your new work environment and the variety of people who live and work together.

Farming & Gardening Internships:
Occasionally Innisfree offers a few gardening and farming internships. Check their website for these notices.

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.

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Spring 2016 Internships
Wollam Gardens loves having adventurers and environmentalists from all walks of life help out in what they think is a pretty beautiful place! Positions begin in mid-April, 2016.

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 Certified Naturally Grown farm with produce offered through a 100-member CSA, at farmer's markets, wholesale to restaurants/groceries, and onsite farm sales.

Olden Produce is a Certified Naturally Grown farm.As a Certified Naturally Grown farm, Olden Produce grows over 40 different varieties of vegetables, and maintains a fruit orchard, 5 beehives and over 600 free ranged chickens for eggs. Produce is offered through a 100-member CSA, at farmer's markets, wholesale to restaurants and local groceries, and onsite farm sales. Now seeking a full-time CSA/Pack Shed Manager/Farmer to begin work in April/May. Responsibilities during the summer/fall include harvesting, washing/packing of produce, preparing, delivering and representing the farm at CSA drop-sites, packing, labeling and delivering wholesale orders and managing seasonal employees in pack shed area. During the winter/spring, job duties include seeding/transplanting of vegetables/herbs, greenhouse winter production management and harvesting, and maintenance projects. The starting salary ranges from $24,000–$27,000 based on a yearly average workweek of 45 hours (with long days in the summer/short days in the winter). Additional benefits include profit sharing, a monthly stipend for health insurance and one week of paid vacation after six months (can be doubled to two weeks if taken during slow season of November 15th to February 15th). Applicants should have a minimum of two years experience on a diversified vegetable CSA farm or a combination of two of the following: one year of experience on a CSA farm, a degree in sustainable agriculture, or 2+ years of experience in other areas of farming. To apply, email your resume and references to Tracy Vinz by February 26th.

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Produce is offered through a 100-member CSA, at farmer's markets, wholesale to restaurants and local groceries, and onsite farm sales.

Olden Produce is a very active farm both in promoting the local food movement and in promoting support for a new resurgence in small to medium scale family farms.

Olden Produce is a very active farm both in promoting the local food movement and in promoting support for a new resurgence in small to medium scale family farms. They are active members in the state and local Farmers Union and Family Farm Defenders.

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Camphill Communities of North America

Living and working together – sharing life – with people of all ages and abilities is both challenging and rewarding. The ongoing process of community building and facing the challenges that arise, provide much opportunity for learning and growth.

AmeriCorps Education Award ProvidedProgram in the Spotlight Camphill Communities offer a life of celebration, service, and community building in which all members may flourish. Camphill staff—called Coworkers—live and work alongside children, youth and adults with developmental and other disabilities in one of eleven rural communities throughout the U.S. (California, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont) and Canada (British Columbia and Ontario). Since everyone in Camphill contributes to the community according to his or her ability, the work is varied. Work life may mean providing human support and caregiving, teaching a craft, working on the farm or garden, cooking wholesome food, engaging in the healing arts, or celebrating seasonal festivals together. Some coworkers come for a short-term experience, while others make it a long-term way of life. Coworkers with families are also welcome (a Waldorf education for long-term coworker children is provided where available). Benefits include room, board, medical insurance, a modest stipend, vacation time, and training and education in social therapy, organic and biodynamic agriculture, the healing arts and crafts; an AmeriCorps educational award of $5,550 is possible after a year of service. Prospective Coworkers who have a genuine interest in others, a willingness to do what is needed, and are flexible, tolerant, and cheerful are eagerly sought by each community. Explore current job opportunities for each Camphill community online. Camphill.org

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Camphill Communities: Coworker and resident sharing moments together.

In addition to supporting individuals with disabilities in their daily activities, Coworkers will also be working on a farm, in a garden or in one of various craft workshops as well as cooking wholesome food for a household community and sharing meals together.

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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 45 states, 16 countries and 160 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), Public 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 Development & Public Education (grassroots community organizing, leadership training and education in rural Panama), Outdoor Recreation (creating a variety of sustainable recreation opportunities for residents & visitors), Farm to Table Culinary Arts and Design Thinking with an optional Spanish class. Tuition covers housing, meal plan, and personal project supplies. 2016 Internship dates include the spring (January 18–April 8), summer (May 16–July 29) and fall (September 12–November 18). Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply now and claim your spot.

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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 »

The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live it: The Complete Back-to-Basics Guide

Learn more about this book on Amazon.com Whether you want to learn how to be a homesteader or live in harmony with your own land, The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live it will provide you with the tools and techniques to build a new way of life.

WWOOF Adventures
Working in exchange for your keep is the basis of Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF)—and you can do so in the U.S. and all over the world. Check out these links around the globe:
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Sweating in the Sunshine: WWOOF New Zealand

I envisioned roaming the picturesque New Zealand countryside, living cheaply on farms, and spending my days happily sweating in the sunshine with like-minded people. Read more...

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