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.

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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). Seeking Program Guides who can make a one-year commitment and have experience and enthusiasm for working with teens in an outdoor therapeutic setting.

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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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 the next generation of thoughtful educators, innovative organic farmers, and creative non-profit 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.

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2018 Internship Alert
Hidden Villa will begin accepting applications this October for Journeyman Farmer, Community Supported Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Internships beginning in 2018.

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 Intern 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.Build community. Discover your best self. 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.

2017 Fellowships are available during the spring (March 13–May 26), summer (June 12–August 25) and fall (September 4–November 21) 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.

2017 employment opportunities include a Guest Relations Coordinator, Off Season Support Staff (2), Clothesline Concierge, Seasonal Support Staff (5-8), Cooking Enthusiasts (1-3) and Assistant Gardeners: Kitchen Garden (2) or Ornamental Gardens (1). 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 March/April to mid-October, with employment dates that vary by position. Summer positions are also available from May 21st to September 21st. Explore current job openings or connect with Emandal for more information.

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Emandal 2017 Employment Update
All positions are currently filled. If you would like to be notified in case a position for the 2017 season becomes available, please send an email to 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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Cultivating five acres of crops on 26-acres in rural Sumter County, Florida, Little Pond Farm is a diverse organic vegetable, fruit and cut flower farm that grows for a small CSA and attends a large weekly farmer’s market in Saint Petersburg.Cultivating five acres of crops on 26-acres in rural Sumter County, Florida, Little Pond Farm is a diverse organic vegetable, fruit and cut flower farm coming into its fifth season. The farm grows for a small CSA and attends a large weekly farmer’s market in Saint Petersburg from October through May. Little Pond is currently hiring full-time Farm Crew for the 2017–2018 season:

The Year-Round Crew Leader will work closely with Farmer’s Cole and Ellen to execute daily activities, adjust the plan as needed, and make sure everything is running smoothly and in a timely manner with the rest of their small crew. Applicants must have a serious interest in farming as a career and two years of fieldwork experience.
Seasonal Farm Crew will build confidence and master daily activities that include seeding, weeding, planting, greenhouse work, mulching, irrigating, transplanting, trellising, harvesting, washing crops, packing trucks for market and selling produce at the farmer’s market. This is an excellent position for a beginning farmer.

Positions begin in early August, the growing season runs through the end of May, and work can range from 50-60 hours/week. Compensation includes $9-11/hour plus unlimited organic produce from surplus and field. The Crew Lead also receives 1-week paid vacation in June/July and has the option for on-farm housing for $400/month. If you have a positive attitude, a love for working in a team, sense of urgency, an efficient work style, great problem solving skills, attention to detail and excellent customer service skills, fill out the online application.

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The Farm Crew position is physically and emotionally demanding, but also overwhelmingly rewarding and meaningful.

Farmer’s Cole & Ellen are passionate about farming, growing delicious food, teamwork, and land stewardship.

As the first year the farm will be officially certified USDA organic, Farmer’s Cole & Ellen are working on interesting projects this year, including protected culture tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, grafting tomatoes, and growing Dahlias and many cut flowers that are a challenge to grow in this region. The Farm Crew is always trying to push the envelope on what they can do!

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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 700-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 700-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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Whether tending to the gardens or roadside store, pasteurizing milk, or preparing wholesome meals, volunteers, staff, and guests alike work together to run this 700-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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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.

Marchese Farm is a small family run farm located in Hopewell, New Jersey.As a small family farm located near Princeton, New Jersey, Marchese Farm is in the process of receiving their organic certification, growing over 100 varieties of veggies on 19 acres. This year the farm is branching out into the cold-pressed juice world, offering a variety of seasonal juices that change with available produce. They currently sell produce to nine weekly farmers markets, restaurants, brick-and-mortar retail locations, and local food distributors. Now seeking individuals who want to learn about sustainable farming, wholesale, retail, and farmers markets, with positions available immediately through early November.

A Field Production Apprentice will learn the ropes of growing vegetables from transplants and direct seeded beds, and will be involved in every aspect of the growing — planting, cultivation, harvesting, post harvest handling, and sales to the end consumer. This position also has an educational component with on farm training sessions.
Pack House Workers (3 positions) will work almost entirely indoors in the climate controlled pack house, working with other crew to clean, sort and pack produce for market and wholesale.
Field Crew (3 positions) will assist the field manager and supervisor in daily tasks on the farm ranging from greenhouse work, planting and harvesting to weeding and mowing.

Compensation starts at $9/hour (expect 40-60 hours, 6 days per week) and free veggies. Those willing to work hard and until a job its finished, and who understand the days are long, the sun is hot, and the work is strenuous will thrive here. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Catherine Marchese.

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Marchese Farm currently sells produce to nine weekly farmers markets, restaurants, brick-and-mortar retail locations, and local food distributors.

Marchese Farm is a small but extremely active family run farm, with an easy going team and no drama.

Marchese Farm is a small but extremely active family run farm, with an easy going team and no drama. They also have two super friendly farm dogs who will follow you around all day, and several chickens who need to be chased every night back into their coop!

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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 700-acre biodynamic farm with a large dairy herd, an on-site creamery, 14 acres of mixed vegetables with a 300 member CSA, a natural food store, organic bakery, sauerkraut cellar and day/residential hands-on educational programs for children and adults, Hawthorne Valley Farm provides ample opportunities to learn in new and exciting ways throughout the year. Place Based Learning Center Education Interns (3-4 openings) lead hands-on educational activities for 3rd-10th grade students such as baking bread, cleaning the barn, gardening, riding horses, animal care, exploring the woods, making handcrafts, or preparing meals in the dining hall 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 a Camp Nurse, Dining Hall Staff, and Kids Can Cook Staff (who 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). Farming Apprentices will rotate through all areas of the farm, including field vegetables, Corner Garden, milking herd, and livestock operation for a 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 delicious, home-cooked meals created from food produced on the farm and other Hudson Valley organic growers. Contact Helen Enright for further information.

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Winter/Spring 2018 Internship Alert
Hawthorne Valley Farm is seeking Place Based Learning Center Education Interns for the winter/spring season (mid-January to mid-June), with a summer camp option! If you are at least 21 years of age, enjoy working with children, have a love of the outdoors, animals and farm life, apply now. 3-4 Interns will be hired.

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 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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A Way of Life Farm: for healthy people, a healthy economy and healthy ecology.Want to get your hands (and everything else) dirty while learning to grow really good food? Located in the foothills of western North Carolina, A Way of Life Farm produces vegetables, berries, and pasture-raised pork, with products sold through farmers’ markets and CSA. A combination of sustainable practices including low-till raised beds, cover cropping, Kinsey-Albrecht method, keyline plowing, Holistic Management and permaculture design are used throughout the land.

2017 Seasonal Farm Job Opportunities:
Apprentices will take part in all aspects of the farm, from vegetable seed to harvest, raising pastured pigs and livestock chores, soil health and revitalization, marketing, perennials, and experimental projects; and should expect to spend the vast majority of time growing vegetables. Applicants should be curious individuals with good communication skills and self-motivation. Some previous experience on a commercial farm is highly recommended, and experience with physical labor or intense outdoor activity is important. Apprentices will receive a monthly stipend starting at $600/month (with merit-based raises), housing in a personal camper-trailer or tiny home (with electricity, cold water, outhouse, hot shower and propane cooking appliances), two farm crew meals per week, vegetables from the farm, food staples, a $150 pork credit, and participation in monthly CRAFT farm tours. Positions run from March through November (40-50 hours/week), with varied start/end dates. To apply, send a completed application along with your resume and two work references.

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Learn the ins and outs of farming at A Way of Life Farm while growing healthy food that is also healthy for the land.

You will learn the ins and outs of farming and the Farm’s broader vision for the land and what it means for our world.

Farming is our form of activism. We believe that providing people with truly healthy food that is also healthy for the land is a powerful act, and we’re excited to train new farmers. Learn the ins and outs of farming and the Farm’s broader vision for the land and what it means for our world.

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Dragonfly Transitions: Developing Character, Cultivating Change

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 Dragonfly 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

The heart of the community experience is people sharing their lives, struggles, achievements, hopes and dreams with each other in authentic, non-judgmental, and deeply respectful ways.

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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House Advisors work actively with residents on crew, leading or participating in a wide variety of tasks that keep the Ranch running through every season of the year.

Be part of a dynamic therapeutic community by living and working at Spring Lake Ranch!

As a House Advisor you'll 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 for the past ten years.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 and gardens, living in community, cooperative work and 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 at FarmandWilderness.org.

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

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 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 2018 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 7th through October 26th, 2018 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. Download the UVM Farmer Training Program Info Packet »

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UVM’s Sustainable Food Systems Movement!
Vermont is the hub for the sustainable food systems movement and the University of Vermont is cultivating leaders! Explore more one-of-a kind programs for students at all levels.

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 art studio, bakery, community kitchen, farm, herb and vegetable gardens, the free school, weavery and woodshop.

Program in the Spotlight Set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near the university town of Charlottesville, Virginia, Innisfree Village is a residential, lifesharing community for adults with intellectual disabilities. Coworkers and residential volunteers work together on this 550-acre farm in a model therapeutic environment emphasizing empowerment, interdependence and mutual respect of all community members. Serving as houseparents, Volunteers live together with coworkers in family-style homes throughout the village. After a one-month orientation period, responsibilities include cleaning, cooking, laundry, shopping, and finances of the house as well as caring for the personal needs of each coworker. Volunteers are also engaged in therapeutic and meaningful work in the art studio, bakery, community kitchen, farm, herb & vegetable gardens, the free school, weavery and woodshop. Benefits include a private room, all meals, a $315/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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More to Explore!Now seeking Residential Caregivers who can begin a year of service beginning this summer. Come join a rich, varied community life into which Volunteers are welcomed wholeheartedly.

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 your floriculture dream. Over 80 varieties of cut flowers are grown on this 11-acre farm in northern Virginia, just 70 miles from DC, including peonies, dahlias, and woody flowering shrubs. The farm’s brand-new event pavilion plays host to weddings, workshops, festivals, and other community events. Floriculture Interns have the opportunity to learn all aspects of a cut-flower growing operation, including seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, bouquet making, and assisting with sales at area farmers markets. Interns will get dirty, work hard, experience an amazing hands-on learning environment, and see first-hand the beauty of this unique operation. Interns are needed from March through December. The initial commitment is 10 weeks, but may be extended or curtailed based on performance, need, and availability. Compensation includes $30/day plus room and board in a historic colonial farmhouse. Life on the farm is a communal living experience—all Interns will share in the chores of cooking, cleaning, and hosting visitors to the farm’s AirBnB rooms. Farm and/or floral experience is not required. If you have an outstanding work ethic, team spirit, an eye for beauty and color, and a love of the outdoors, apply online.

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Fall Season Internships Available!
All summer positions have been filled. Wollam Gardens is now reviewing applications for fall season openings. You may also submit your application to be considered in the event of any unexpected openings.

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.

Wollam Gardens loves to share their knowledge of flowers, and to provide an amazing hands-on learning environment for Interns.

The life-enriching floriculture internship at Wollam Gardens will expose you to every aspect of a cut-flower growing operation — from seed to harvest to customer.

Whiffletree Farm raises pastured chickens, turkeys, eggs, pork, and beef—very much inspired and modeled after Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm.

Located about an hour east of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, family-run Whiffletree Farm raises 8,000 chickens, 2,000 laying hens, 150 pigs and 800 turkeys, graze around 50 beef cattle—and chases around their 6 children under the age of 9! The Farm is also the hub for locally raised products by sourcing from fellow farmers, with a Farm Store that also includes lamb, organic veggies, raw honey and milk, and much more. Now seeking hard working, cheerful, responsible, and professional Farm Interns who will become well versed in all the pertinent farm and business practices of a sustainable farm operation and exposed to all the daily work that goes into animal care. The work mostly entails moving, feeding and watering the animals, cleaning eggs, processing chickens, building and maintaining infrastructure, making deliveries, helping customers in the Farm Store, record keeping, and getting feed and bedding materials—although you would have to be willing to do anything. The goal would be for you to leave confident to start your own farm business. Compensation includes single sex housing, $400 worth of farm food/month, 2-hours/week business training (marketing, record keeping, customer service, sourcing), and exposure to many knowledgeable local farmers who are doing the things Whiffletree is not doing. A four-month minimum commitment is preferred, but they are willing to discuss other possibilities. No farm experience is necessary, but a positive attitude, eagerness to learn, and willingness to take instruction is critical. To apply, request an application packet from Jesse Straight.

Portrait of a Farmer: view more about Farmer Jesse's philosophy and passion »

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The Internship goal would be for you to leave knowing the farm and business model to set you up well to start your own business.

I started the business in 2009 from scratch and with no prior farming experience, so I know what it takes to build an environmentally and economically sustainable farm business without having grown up with it. In other words, I have learned most things the hard way and enjoy helping others get started without making the same mistakes I made. Come join a hardworking and fun-loving team!
—Jesse Straight, Owner/Farmer

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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.

Program 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 thirteen 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:
Australia
Italy
Japan
New Zealand
South Africa
Switzerland
United Kingdom
WWOOF International
WWOOF USA
NOFA Vermont

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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