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Solidarity Farm

California, United States
MESA Notes – Public

This Host Site qualifies for SPRIG-project support. SPRIGs are MESA-funded grants offered to certain US Hosts to encourage Host/Steward collaboration and innovation. Stewards may be expected to collaborate with their Host mentor(s) to design an on-site project to help fulfill MESA’s Host grant requirement.

Website :
http://www.solidarityfarmsd.com/
Blog, Online Newsletter, etc. :
Public Contact Information:
[email protected]
 

Private Host Information

Name:
Ellee Igoe Igoe Igoe
E-mail:
[email protected]
Phone:
760-297-0838
Address:
PO Box 845, Pauma Valley, California, United States 92061
Mailing Address(if diff. as abov)
 

About the Placement:

Detailed Placement Description

Production Acreage : #10
Number of Full-time Employees: 3
Number and Type of livestock: 300+ chickens (goats, pigs, turkeys for homestead)
My farm/organization is : We are in the process of becoming peer-certified “ethically grown” by the San Diego Small Farm Alliance.
Social Environment:
We are a worker-owned cooperative that operates like a family farm. We all live on site and work, eat and live together! It’s a lot of fun…but requires a person who knows how to take their own space when they need it. We are very flexible in how folks structure their time, but have high expectations when it comes to getting the job done well.

Primary Production :

Vegetables, Herbs, Berries, Pork, Poultry, Dairy


About the Internship:

Availability:

Accepting Stewards

Training Hours:

40 hours / week

Training Expectations :

Timeline: We offer Year-round training.
Work/Training requirements : Have experience working/living/volunteering in horizontally organized group(s) and is committed to equity in relationships with co-workers.
We are hard working and fun loving folks. Please bring a good attitude, a willingness to give and receive feedback, and an appreciation for the resources we share together on this farm.

On-Site Training, Steward’s primary activities :

Co-designing and implementing soil fertility and pollinator plan for the farm; planting, weeding, and harvesting crops for market; managing irrigation and watering; participating in greenhouse management.

Climate and Location Description

Pauma Valley is gorgeous. We look up at Palomar Mountain and pine tree hiking is only 20 minutes away. A trip to closest SoCal beach takes 45 minutes by car and downtown San Diego is accessible via public transit or by jumping in the delivery vehicle which heads to SD on Thursdays and some weekends.

Compensation :

lower in first months, but will average $600/mo. over 12 months, Shared space in a farm house., Free, daily food, Health insurance

Accommodations and amenities provided :

Accommodations :
Private or shared room (depends on number of MESA stewards placed with us) with shared bathroom/kitchen.

Preferred start date :

anytime

Preferred length of internship :

3-12 months

User ID:

solidarityfarm

Mesa Notes – Internal:

first choice Jose B., pestering Ellee to update host mats and also need to call Ellee re: 2nd choice not another EC candidate f Jose accepts…. 2017/18 SPRIG offset: -$125/mo.Steward. Lauren visited the farm on 6/30/2016. Scott Murray provided excellent ref. for Ellee.

emailed Host agreement, member inv. and Handbook on 8/19.

called 9/13 and spoke with Ellee’s spouse Nan, who said Andy’s doing “wonderfully”.

Status:

Accepted

Admin Only – No Notification:

No Notifications

Your Job Title:

Do you have separate mailing address? :

No

City:

State :

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., hope to have full SPRIG support for fee.

Other Placement Activities:

Agri-tourism, Composting, CSA management, Direct marketing, Farm machinery, Farmers market, Greenhouse management, Meat slaughter/processing, Farm business planning/ record keeping, Community education, Youth education, working with restaurants and small grocer, and running our on-site farm stand

How many Stewards would you like to host:

2 to 3

Placement description:

Production Acreage : #10
Number of Full-time Employees: 3
Number and Type of livestock: 300+ chickens (goats, pigs, turkeys for homestead)
My farm/organization is : We are in the process of becoming peer-certified “ethically grown” by the San Diego Small Farm Alliance.
Social Environment:
We are a worker-owned cooperative that operates like a family farm. We all live on site and work, eat and live together! It’s a lot of fun…but requires a person who knows how to take their own space when they need it. We are very flexible in how folks structure their time, but have high expectations when it comes to getting the job done well.

Average training hours/week:

40 hours / week

Climate and Location description:

Pauma Valley is gorgeous. We look up at Palomar Mountain and pine tree hiking is only 20 minutes away. A trip to closest SoCal beach takes 45 minutes by car and downtown San Diego is accessible via public transit or by jumping in the delivery vehicle which heads to SD on Thursdays and some weekends.

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

Spanish

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

San Diego, Los Angeles

We have previously hosted a MESA Steward(s):

Yes

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

Reference 1:

Reference 2:

Kristin Kvernland

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