Sustainable Living & Farming Jobs

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.

Come Explore Hawaii in a Different Way!
Blending a wilderness therapy model on an organic farm, Pacific Quest and the field staff team facilitate an environment for teens 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). Now seeking Program Guides & Supervisors.

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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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.

New Apple Farm Apprentice opening in Maine! 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. Now seeking a half-term Apprentice to begin work around Labor Day through November. Most of the work will entail picking, grading, boxing and shipping apples, working in the farm store, assisting in farm tours, and learning about farm business management. Work in the farm store entails making products such as applesauce or apple chips, stocking shelves, making apple cider doughnuts and working in the farm cafe serving ice cream and sandwiches, as well as cleaning. You will also have opportunities to participate in winter prep, such as compost spreading, drop picking, fertilizing and carpentry. You will receive monthly readings and assignments and have the opportunity to work on a small independent project. Most of the experience here will not be in learning farm skills, although that will be part of it. It will be more about being inside the nucleus of a farm, learning what it takes to farm, and how fun and tough it can be! 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. 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.

Work in the farm store entails making products such as applesauce or apple chips, stocking shelves, making apple cider doughnuts and working in the farm cafe serving ice cream and sandwiches.

The farm team at Apple Acres Farm also loves swimming, music movies, and enjoying weekly potlucks. They are looking for a team member who is enthusiastic, and can assess the situation and do what needs to be done! No experience is necessary.

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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Current Job Openings @ 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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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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2016 Fellowship Update
Urban Adamah has filled all of their fellowship positions for the 2016 season. Check back in September for 2017 dates.

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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Little Pond Farm is a diverse organic vegetable and cut flower farm coming into its fourth season.

Cultivating four acres of crops on 26-acres in rural Sumter County, Florida, Little Pond Farm is a diverse organic vegetable and cut flower farm coming into its fourth season. The farm grows for a small CSA and attends a weekly farmer’s market from October through May. Now seeking four Farm Apprentices for the 2016-17 season. Apprentices will build confidence and master daily activities that include seeding, weeding, planting, mulching, irrigating, transplanting, harvesting, greenhouse work, cooking, and occasional small construction projects. You will also learn about crop planning, cover cropping, floriculture, composting, soil fertility, variety selection, CSA and direct marketing, troubleshooting and research, efficiency of tasks and movements, record keeping and more. After a season at the farm, you will leave with the skills and qualifications to work at other veggie or flower farms, or start up your own! In addition to a small, furnished room in the barn (with kitchen and outdoor composting toilet and shower with hot water), you’ll receive all kitchen staples, farm produce, a $300/month stipend, attendance at farm conferences and farm field trips. Applicants must be able to commit from August 29th through June 9th. Daily work starts at sunrise and typically ends at sunset from Tuesday to Saturday. Experience in agriculture is not required, but a serious interest or passion for farming is essential. If you are self-motivated, creative, careful, patient, efficient, able to problem solve, organized, eager, have a sense of urgency, independent, respectful and responsible, fill out the online application.

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Little Pond Farm will provide Apprentices with an array of valuable learning experiences and a thorough understanding of how the farm operates.

This job is physically and emotionally demanding, but also overwhelmingly rewarding and meaningful.

Little Pond Farm will provide Apprentices with an array of valuable learning experiences and a thorough understanding of how the farm operates. This job is physically and emotionally demanding, but also overwhelmingly rewarding and meaningful. Those with a positive attitude, keen sense of observation, eagerness to learn and feeling of satisfaction that comes with hard work will be greatly fulfilled.

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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.

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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. Farm 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 a passion for what the farm does are vital Intern traits. 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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Sandbrook Meadow Farm - Community Supported Agriculture 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, 2017. The daily hour commitment will vary greatly depending on seasonal demands. Applicants need to be fit, flexible, a team player, and live a healthy lifestyle. 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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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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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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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. If you enjoy working in a professional and fun atmosphere and being a positive influence in the lives of young adults, 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 $327/week, private accommodation within a Ranch residence, all meals, full health and dental insurance, two weeks paid vacation and sick time in the first year, 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. Explore all employment opportunities at 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 8th through October 27th, 2017 and is limited to 25 students. Housing and meals are not included in the program fee. Review the application process or contact S’ra DeSantis 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. The first round of application reviews will be completed by November 15th.

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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 45th year in 2016 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, 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. Learn more at InnisfreeVillage.org.

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Current Openings—Now Hiring!
More to Explore!The Innisfree Farm Internship is an opportunity for individuals to gain experience in animal husbandry and the practice of rotational grazing. Compensation includes a $450/month stipend, room in family style accommodations and farm fresh meals. Come join a rich, varied community life into which Interns are welcomed wholeheartedly. Immediate opening with a minimum 6-month commitment.
More to Explore!Now seeking Residential Caregivers who can begin a year of service starting this fall.

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 the Innisfree 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 Available!
Wollam Gardens loves having adventurers and environmentalists from all walks of life help out in what they think is a pretty beautiful place! Internships available through the end of 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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Round Right Farm views farming as an art and takes pride in finding and growing the best flavors that nature can offer!

Providing the Morgantown, West Virginia area with the most delicious and tasty food that nature can offer, Round Right Farm primarily serves as a vegetable CSA farm, but also raises grass fed beef and offers fresh produce to local Farmer’s Markets and restaurants. Serving as mentors, Farmers Steve & Sunshine Vortigern will prepare Farm Apprentices with the farming, business and leadership skills required to run a diversified farm and to demonstrate approaches that lead to success. Learning takes place through a combination of hands-on experiences, intellectual-philosophical discussions and self-study. Responsibilities vary with the changing seasons, and include garden planning, greenhouse work, field preparation, animal chores, CSA/market garden harvesting, produce delivery, market sales, pack shed management, financial planning and personal/professional management. Compensation includes fresh, organically raised food, housing, a bi-weekly stipend of $240, access to a large farming library and lectures about various small farming topics. Now seeking an individual to begin ASAP and continue through mid-November, when the farm finishes up the fall CSA harvest and distributes grass fed beef shares. This is a MO-FR, 50-hour per week position, with one weekend a month to be on farm duty, which includes lighter work like irrigating crops, checking on animals, and light harvest at times. Ideal candidates will show strong enthusiasm for food and farming, patience, persistence, consistent hard work, respect for teachers and teammates, humility, and an eagerness to put what is best for the farm and their teammates before their own personal desires. Contact Sunshine by phone (858.805.1787) to learn more about this unique apprenticeship opportunity.

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If you’re passionate about food and want to have a job that makes a real difference in the world, then farming is a great choice.

Farm Apprentices with be taught the farming, business and leadership skills required to run a diversified and successful farm.

Small farming, with its leaner footprint, focus on quality and diversification, and access to direct-to-consumer marketing, is re-emerging as a viable alternative to the “bigger is better” mentality that still pervades agribusiness. But we still have lots of room to grow and improve our systems and numbers. Our desire to see this happen through a proliferation of ecologically responsible farms is what inspires Round Right Farm’s apprenticeship program. —Farmers Steve & Sunshine Vortigern

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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. 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.

Camphill Communities provide a dynamic and nurturing environment for those interest in farming, gardening and sustainable agriculture.

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.

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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