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Mendocino Meats / Golden Vineyards

California, United States
MESA Notes – Public
Website :
http://www.mendocinoorganics.com
Blog, Online Newsletter, etc. :
Public Contact Information:
[email protected]
 

Private Host Information

Name:
Adam & Paula Gaska Gaska
E-mail:
[email protected]
Phone:
7072725477
Address:
11101 N Highway 101, Redwood Valley, California, United States 95470
Mailing Address(if diff. as abov)
PO Box 321
 

About the Placement:

Detailed Placement Description

At Mendocino Meats and Golden Vineyards, the intern will work on a 2,000-acre ranch assisting the farmers with managing livestock and food crop operations integrated into a certified organic and Biodynamic® wine grape and olive oil operation. As a first-generation family farm, our small-scale farm business has a unique partnership with the landowner, allowing us to farm without owning land nor entering into a traditional lease arrangement. Primary production is in pastured heritage pork; pasture-raised lamb, goat and beef; and pastured chicken for local butcher shops, grocers, restaurants, and direct-to-household. Pastured eggs, organic vegetables, and orchard fruit are other products. As much as possible, we utilize diverted food waste from organic and natural food manufacturing companies to feed our pigs and chickens. We also lease irrigated summer pasture for our pigs and some of our ruminants. In an industry dominated by large-scale, vertically-integrated meat companies, our small-scale livestock operation strives to be competitive, raising high-quality meats, stewarding the land and water, and providing for happy, humanely-raised animals in the process.

An intern can expect to work directly with the farmer and other farm workers, as well as independently. Every day is different, and the rhythm of the seasons guides chores and projects for the week. There are opportunities to connect with other small-scale local food producers through The Farmers Guild monthly meetings and casually at the weekly farmers markets (we don’t sell at farmers markets). Transportation permitting, there are opportunities to glimpse larger-scale agriculture production, typical of California, by visiting other farms or agricultural fairs, depending on the time of year. Many public lands are accessible to experience Northern California’s natural environment – from the Pacific Coast to the forests of tall redwoods.

Primary Production :

Tree fruits, Cattle, Sheep, Pork, Poultry, wine grapes


About the Internship:

Availability:

Full for the Season

Training Hours:

40 hours/week

Training Expectations :

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, supervised work/training

On-Site Training, Steward’s primary activities :

Paul will work with us building/repairing fencing, work with assorted livestock (cows,sheep,goats,poultry,pigs), vineyard/orchard care

Climate and Location Description

California mediterranean. Cool wet mild winters. 2,000 acre ranch 15 minutes from Ukiah

Compensation :

$10/hr, Free housing not available, but have or can help find affordable housing.

Accommodations and amenities provided :

Paul will live at the Golden Rule and we will pay his rent in addition to his wage

Preferred start date :

Nov 1

Preferred length of internship :

6 months

User ID:

mendocinomeats

Mesa Notes – Internal:

Status:

Inactive

Admin Only – No Notification:

Your Job Title:

Do you have separate mailing address? :

Yes

City:

Redwood Valley

State :

California

Zip Code:

Host Fees. $175 Steward assignment confirmation, plus $225/month/Steward.:

We can pay the basic fee to support MESA’s program and services.

Other Placement Activities:

Biodynamic, Organic certification

How many Stewards would you like to host:

One

Placement description:

At Mendocino Meats and Golden Vineyards, the intern will work on a 2,000-acre ranch assisting the farmers with managing livestock and food crop operations integrated into a certified organic and Biodynamic® wine grape and olive oil operation. As a first-generation family farm, our small-scale farm business has a unique partnership with the landowner, allowing us to farm without owning land nor entering into a traditional lease arrangement. Primary production is in pastured heritage pork; pasture-raised lamb, goat and beef; and pastured chicken for local butcher shops, grocers, restaurants, and direct-to-household. Pastured eggs, organic vegetables, and orchard fruit are other products. As much as possible, we utilize diverted food waste from organic and natural food manufacturing companies to feed our pigs and chickens. We also lease irrigated summer pasture for our pigs and some of our ruminants. In an industry dominated by large-scale, vertically-integrated meat companies, our small-scale livestock operation strives to be competitive, raising high-quality meats, stewarding the land and water, and providing for happy, humanely-raised animals in the process.

An intern can expect to work directly with the farmer and other farm workers, as well as independently. Every day is different, and the rhythm of the seasons guides chores and projects for the week. There are opportunities to connect with other small-scale local food producers through The Farmers Guild monthly meetings and casually at the weekly farmers markets (we don’t sell at farmers markets). Transportation permitting, there are opportunities to glimpse larger-scale agriculture production, typical of California, by visiting other farms or agricultural fairs, depending on the time of year. Many public lands are accessible to experience Northern California’s natural environment – from the Pacific Coast to the forests of tall redwoods.

Average training hours/week:

40 hours/week

Climate and Location description:

California mediterranean. Cool wet mild winters. 2,000 acre ranch 15 minutes from Ukiah

Are you willing to host a Steward whose English proficiency is below 30%?:

No

Please list your two nearest airports, and approx. driving distance to/from the training site.:

San Francisco International Airport, Oakland International Airport, Sacramento International Airport

We have previously hosted a MESA Steward(s):

No

We have hosted or currently host J-1 interns/trainees in another program:

Reference 1:

Reference 2:

707-841-7068 Hunter Flynn

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