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Dripping Springs Garden

Arkansas, United States

MESA Notes – Public

This MESA Host is participating in “SPRIG”, a MESA-supported grant program for qualified mentor farms. Stewards who join Dripping Springs Garden will collaborate on a project of mutual interest and benefit to the farm and Steward. SPRIG projects are intended to support educational enrichment of the Steward’s training experience and build upon the mentoring capacity of the Host.

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Public Contact Information:
[email protected]

About the Placement:

Detailed Placement Description

Production Acreage : #4
This placement is owned and operated by two male partners.
Number of Full-time Employees: 2
My farm/organization is: Certified Organic
I am an active member of : Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (conference presenter most years);
volunteer, Winrock International Farmer-to-Farmer program (India, Nepal, Senegal); Board of Directors, Fayetteville Farmers Market.
Educational Activities :
daily yoga practice with instruction;
periodic on-farm classes on select topics (irrigation, propagation, etc.); farm visits to other farms in area
Number and Type of livestock : no livestock
My farm/organization is: Certified Organic

Primary Production :

Berries, Flowers, Herbs, Vegetables, mushroom

About the Internship:


Full for the Season

Training Hours:

40 hours / week plus optional assistance at Farmers Market on Saturday

Training Expectations :

Timeline: Seasonal training, ideally between April and November / Sales/Marketing operations: Stewards participate in most Saturday morning Farmers Markets in Fayetteville (leave farm 4:15 a.m., set-up 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., sell from 7:00 to 1 p.m.–rest of day free for town activities. Our farm strongly prefers the steward who prefers the quiet beauty of Nature to the excitement of city life; loves to work outside with crops (and has enough experience in the field to know whether this is true);is athletic and enjoys physical work and its challenges; is tolerant of heat, cold, and insects; has an open mind and tolerance of others with different religious beliefs, race, or sexual orientation; has a sense of humor; is interested in learning yoga or meditation.

On-Site Training, Steward’s primary activities :

greenhouse propagation of seedlings; field bed preparation,transplanting,weeding; harvesting and post-harvest handling;
marketing of vegetables and cut flowers (farmers market and CSA)

Climate and Location Description

Average temperature/Typical weather :
April-May: 45-80 F.
June-Aug: 65-95 F.
Proximity to nearest town/city: Berryville, 15 mi / Fayetteville, 50 mi

Sept-Nov: 25-70 F.

No public transportation available in the area.

Compensation :

$550/ month, nice student room in new building, Free, daily food, Health insurance

Accommodations and amenities provided :

Room in upstairs of big timber frame barn or new guesthouse. Private room, shared bathroom, shared kitchen and common areas. Wi-Fi available.

Preferred start date :

April 1

Preferred length of internship :

7 months