Sustainable Living & Farming Jobs

Come join the Hawthorne Valley Farm educational team and guide children through hands-on farm activities that focus on farm and country life.

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. Now seeking Camp Counselors and Kitchen/Dining Hall Staff for the summer season (June 20th–August 13th).

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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Jones Valley Teaching Farm is not just a place where delicious food grows—it’s a place where young minds blossom. Students will become next generation of critical thinkers, problem solvers and change agents in their communities.

Jones Valley Teaching Farm (JVTF) is not just a place where delicious food grows—it’s a place where young minds blossom. JVTF designs innovative, hands-on food education programs that improve student learning and increase student access to healthy food. Good School Food, a hands-on food education program for public schools in Birmingham, Alabama is designed to improve education and health outcomes for students. Farm Labs are created on campus and JVTF full-time Instructors develop and deliver programs and curricula that align food and nutrition concepts with learning goals in math, science, social studies, engineering and language arts.

Now seeking a Good School Food Instructor who will lead all aspects of JVTF’s food and nutrition education program in one of six partner schools. With the support of the education team, the Instructor will design and deliver rigorous and innovative garden-based curricula for students in pre-K–5th or 6th–8th grades and coordinate the day-to-day management of the Farm Lab Club and Farmer’s Market after school programs. You will also work collaboratively with the Farm Director to create a superior outdoor learning environment, maintaining a high standard of aesthetics and productivity overseeing all aspects of student-centered farm management. This is a full-time, year-round, salaried position. If you have a Bachelor’s degree, an understanding of organic and sustainable growing practices, demonstrated experience in lesson and curriculum development, a positive and constructive attitude, self-direction and self-motivation, and are a believer in the power of education and food, send a cover letter (highlighting previous relevant experience) and resume to Zoe Ripple Burgess.

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This is a true opportunity for working at the community level, making decisions that impact the growth and development of a nonprofit with ambitious goals, impacting students, and an immediate platform for professional and personal growth.

The Good School Food Instructor will lead all aspects of Jones Valley Teaching Farm’s food and nutrition education program in one of six partner schools in Birmingham, Alabama.

Perks of the Job:
Growth: This is a true opportunity for working at the community level, making decisions that impact the growth and development of a nonprofit with ambitious goals, impacting students, and an immediate platform for professional and personal growth.
Culture: The team at JVTF all take care of one another. You are not expected to be anyone but yourself.
Good Food: JVTF has one of the most robust and productive urban farms in the country, and you’ll have access to fresh organic produce all year long.

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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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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 from April–October, with employment dates that vary by position. Summer positions are also available from May 15th–September 6th. Explore current job openings or connect with Emandal for more information.

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Hiring for 2016
All positions have been filled for the 2016 season. If you would like to be on Emandal's contact list in case a position does become available, email Emandal stating which position(s) you are interested in, and include your phone number.

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.

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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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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. Learn more about the volunteer program at GouldFarm.org.

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Current Staff Employment Opportunities @ Gould Farm
Assistant Maintenance Manager
Kitchen Work Team Leader
Roadside Store & Café Work Team Leader

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.

Red Gate Farm plants seeds in the garden and in the hearts and minds of each young person who joins them in nurturing the land, caring for the animals, enjoying meaningful experiences, and building for the future.Home to 60 acres of pasture, apple orchards, forests, livestock and organic vegetable, flower and seed gardens in northwest Massachusetts, Red Gate Farm is a unique place where young people can have the time and space to engage in the sensory delights, purposeful work, meaningful experiences and daily adventures found on a farm. Farmers and Educators work side-by-side with campers to plant the seeds of curiosity, strength, courtesy, satisfaction and connection. Now seeking Farm Camp Counselors to lead summer residential and day camp programs for campers with activities that include hiking, farming, planting and harvesting, tending to the animals, creating art in the barn, playing group games on the lawn, cooking delicious meals together, building and mending things, catching frogs in the pond, splashing in the stream, dreaming and so much more. Compensation includes a salary, on-site room and board and WiFi access. Accommodations include tent cabins, outdoor showers and a fully stocked program kitchen. Applicants must have strong references regarding their work with children and typically will have or be working towards a college undergrad degree. Camp counselor experience is preferred. Some farming/gardening experience is great, but not required. The summer season runs from May 23-August 12, with a flexible start date (all Counselors must be able to start by June 20th). Work is primarily on weekdays with occasional weekend work required. If you are ambitious, hard working, fun-loving, positive, energetic and enjoy working on a farm, educating young people and living in a community in a rural setting, email your cover letter and resume to Jake Krain.

Did you know? The movie Labor Day was filmed at Red Gate Farm in 2012.

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Summer Farm Camp at Red Gate Farm is a full-immersion, unforgettable experience on a real farm.

Red Gate Farm employs exceptional individuals who are ambitious, hard-working, and enjoy working on a farm and educating young people.

Red Gate Farm is a great place to work because your curiosity grows with the campers you are working with. What is encouraged in the students is also embodied in the staff, which is the desire to work hard, respect the land that sustains us, and have fun working for something that is bigger than ourselves. The entire farm team appreciates a job well done and values the reward that comes with that, whether it be relaxing at the nearby lake, going for a hike, or playing an outdoor game at the end of the day.

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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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Experienced Harvesters Needed!
Bluebird Gardens is also seeking experienced, driven and hard-working Harvesters to work from April to October. Pay starts at $2,200/month with housing. Contact Jesse Lukes to begin the application proces.

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 still 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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Founded on Christian values, Falling Creek Camp is a traditional boys summer camp located in Tuxedo, North CarolinaNow Seeking a Head Farmer!
Program in the Spotlight Falling Creek Camp has launched a new program for the upcoming summer that encompasses sustainable farming, environmental education and how the camp community benefits from these efforts. With a focus on homesteading skills, campers will have the opportunity to plant and harvest vegetables, tend to chickens and egg collection, create by repurposing materials, construct habitats, influence our footprint on the environment, and experiment with different composting methods, including black soldier flies, farming worms, and in vessel tumblers. The F.A.R.M. program will focus on the words that make up the fitting acronym: Food. Animals. Repurposing. Manpower. The tasks and responsibilities each day will engage the boys with hands-on work and strengthen their connection they have with food. They will participate in projects and learn transferable skills that we can all add to our everyday lives. The Head Farmer must have a passion for sustainable living and driven to educate others about these practices. The ideal candidate must be a self-starter, a people person, creative and willing to go that extra mile. Documented accomplishments related to this position is required. Falling Creek wants to hear your ideas to get this new program started and set roots for the future. Position runs from May 26th to August 12th.

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Raised beds have just been built for the F.A.R.M. program at Falling Creek Camp!

Raised beds have just been built for the F.A.R.M. program at Falling Creek Camp! As the new Head Farmer, come help shape this new summer program that will surely leave campers with an appreciation of sustainable living and quite possibly dirty hands.

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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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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!

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 spring. 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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Fall Season Internships Now Available
Wollam Gardens loves having adventurers and environmentalists from all walks of life help out in what they think is a pretty beautiful place! Positions run from August through November.

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 Association of North America

At the forefront of the biodynamic agricultural movement, Camphill Communities provide a dynamic and nurturing environment for those interest in farming, gardening and sustainable agriculture where building a community of people of all ages and abilities works in harmony with caring for the land and animals.

AmeriCorps Education Award ProvidedProgram in the Spotlight Camphill Communities are dedicated to creating communities where the recognition of each individual’s gifts and contributions offer a model of renewal for the wider society. Camphill staff—called Coworkers—live and work alongside children, youth and adults with developmental and other disabilities in one of twelve 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 and dynamic. 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. Many Coworkers also raise their families in Camphill communities. Benefits include room, board, medical insurance, a monthly stipend, vacation time, and training and education in social therapy, organic and biodynamic agriculture, the healing arts and crafts; an AmeriCorps educational award of $5,775 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.

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Camphill Communities: Coworker and resident sharing moments together.

Coworkers will have the opportunity to work in one of the various craft workshops, such as weaving, pottery, stained glass, woodworking, textiles, candle-making, bookbinding or the bakery.

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 Work Study Program in Panama

The Kalu Yala Work Study 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. The Kalu Yala Work Study Program is an 11-week entrepreneurial skill-share and development program for students in a variety of fields. Since summer 2010, Kalu Yala has had students from 45 states, 16 countries and 160 universities. The Work Study Program 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. Upcoming dates include the summer (May 16th–July 29th), fall (September 12th–November 18th) and spring 2017 (January 23rd–March 31st). 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.

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.

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