Sustainable Living & Farming Jobs

Live and work at Odiyan Retreat Center on one thousand breathtakingly beautiful acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Northern CA.

Live and work at Odiyan Retreat Center, a spiritual and ecological sanctuary in northern California. You will learn new skills and share your knowledge while making a valuable contribution to preserving the wisdom tradition of Tibet. The Odiyan way of life integrates creative and challenging work with a path of self-exploration that opens your inner potential. You will engage gardening, farming, landscaping, cooking, construction and sacred art production in metal, concrete, fabric and more. No special skills or religious affiliation required. Includes housing, vegetarian meals, classes and living allowance.

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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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–$1,850 and includes room, board and educational programming. 2015 Fellowships are available during the spring (March 1–May 22), summer (June 7–August 21) and fall (September 1–November 20) with admission done on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

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2015 Fellowship Update
Urban Adamah has filled all of their Fellowship positions for the 2015 season. Check back this fall when they begin accepting applications for 2016.

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.

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 will begin accepting applications this October for Community Supported Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Internships beginning in April 2016.

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.

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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. 2015 employment opportunities include 12 Seasonal Support Staff and 2 Gardeners, with 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. Seasonal Support Staff are responsible for meal prep, dining hall setup, some serving, and, of course, lots of dishes, weekly cabin cleaning, setup and laundry. In addition to these duties, you might find yourself helping with animal chores, packing pickles, roasting coffee, picking berries or churning ice cream. Benefits include a weekly salary, tips, great meals (composed of home 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 — both staff and guests from all over the world. 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 job openings or connect with Emandal for more information.

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Hiring for 2015
All positions have been filled for the 2015 season. If you would like to be on Emandal's contact list in case a position does become available, email [email protected].

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.

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 the end of March.

2015-16 Community Internship Update: Woolman Semester has filled all of their positions for 2015-16. They will begin accepting applications for 2016-17 Internships beginning in January.

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Maintenance Associate Job Opening
Currently seeking a motivated, hardworking person interested in the intersections of work, alternative education and community living to join the maintenance team. Maintenance Associate applications are accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

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.

Beautiful, busy agritourism farm seeking mature, experienced goat milker and farm animal care person in exchange for a place to live.Full House Farm, a leader in educational agritourism, is designed entirely for the vacationing guest who wants to learn about sustainable living. Located just an hour north of San Francisco and 15 minutes to the Pacific Ocean, the 23-acre property includes three separate lodging areas for visiting guests who will have the opportunity to harvest from organic gardens maintained specifically for them. From May to October, a Farm/Host Assistant will help in milking goats, feeding and cleaning up after horses and chickens, maintaining two organic gardens, meeting and greeting incoming guests, housekeeping duties and assisting in tours of the gardens, educating guests on what is available to harvest and how to harvest sustainably. In exchange for 15 hours of work a week, the farm offers a fully equipped trailer with its own private deck overlooking a creek next to the farm house and steps away from the veggie garden where you are welcome to grow your own food. All utilities, water, garbage, recycle, WiFi access and off-street parking is included. Additional hours paid on an hourly basis at $12-15/hour, depending on skills. Applicants must have experience in farm animal care and milking, a love for being dirty, getting up early, and going to bed early, passionate about educating and great with kids. To begin the application process, email Christine Cole about your interest in this position.

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If you are passionate about agriculture and educating people about sustainable living, this is a dream job for the right person.

Full House Farm is offering a place to live, not just a place to live in!

If you are passionate about agriculture and educating people about sustainable living, this is a dream job for the right person. Full House Farm is offering a place to live, not just a place to live in!

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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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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

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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.

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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.Program in the Spotlight 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 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) 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 Counselors 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. 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 or explore details on all their programs and current job opportunities (including full-time job openings).

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FALL Season Internship Alert
Hawthorne Valley Farm is seeking Place Based Learning Center Interns for the fall season (late August to early December). Get your application in now!

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.

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Blooming Glen Farm: Locally Owned, Naturally Grown

Seeking Field Crew (and more!) for the 2015 Season!
Situated in scenic Upper Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Blooming Glen Farm grows 35 acres of certified organic produce, and markets through a 300-member CSA, wholesale, and at three weekly seasonal farmers markets. Field Crew 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, or advance to managerial positions on ours. Pay is competitive, and housing in a beautiful farmhouse located on the farm (with private room, full kitchen and laundry) is available. Applicants must make a full season commitment (April 1 to November 15, 2015; with the possibility of a longer term), 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 its workers is extremely important; therefore an on-farm visit is required. Farm workers with experience are encouraged to apply.

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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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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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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!

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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Summer Jobs Alert!
While Farm & Wilderness is nearly fully staffed for the summer 2015 season, they are still seeking a Female Resource Intern and and Male Cabin Staff for the Saltash Mountain Camp. Email [email protected] for a detailed job description!

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 2015 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 11th through October 30th, 2015. 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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Training Program Alert
The 2015 Farmer Training Program is now full. Stay tuned as they will begin accepting 2016 applications this August. In the meantime, you can download the Farming Training Program Info Packet »

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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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 that generally last from March – October. 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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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.

Head on up to the top of the page! Sustainable Development Internships in Panama

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), Farm-to-Table Culinary Arts and Forestry. Tuition covers housing, meal plan, and personal project supplies. Upcoming Internships dates include the fall (September 14th–November 20th), spring (January 18–April 8, 2016) and summer (May 16–July 29, 2016). Apply now.

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Fall Season 2015 Internship Alert!
Kalu Yala is currently seeking Interns for the fall season beginning on September 14th. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply now and claim your spot!

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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