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Whalehouse Farm

Seeking help ASAP

Lexingotn Georgia United States
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Public Contact Information:
4simpleliving@hotmail.com

About the Farm:

20 acre secluded farm property in NE Georgia

Seed Crops Grown :
brassicas, beans, peas, peanuts, corn, lettuce,, cucurbits, solanaceous, zinnia, calendula, sunflower, marigold
Other Crops :
Vegetables, Herbs, Flowers
Other Farm Activities :
Composting, Direct marketing, Farmers market, Greenhouse management, Value-added products

About the Internship

Status:
Accepting Interns
General Expectations and work flow :

Our ideal applicants will be a couple, friends or partners that can live and work together harmoniously. Interns will be expected to work 20-30 hours per week growing seed crops, maintaining the vegetable garden that will feed both them and the farm managers and participating in general farm upkeep. Some experience is ideal but we are willing to train. More importantly we are seeking honest, responsible, reliable self starters.

On-farm training :

Interns will learn how to grow herb, vegetable and flower crops from seed to seed including direct seeding, transplant production, in ground high tunnel production, drip and overhead irrigation systems, seed cleaning, marketing, food preservation (we do a lot of canning, freezing and dehydrating). We use strictly organic practices and have 20 years combined experience in organic growing, organic certification, permaculture. We are also alternative health researchers and have vast knowledge of medicinal herbs and healing through diet and natural supplementation. We have had chickens for eggs in the past and are hoping to get another flock soon. Dairy goats are also a possibility. The farm property is 20 acres with approximately 12 acres completely fenced, and two other fenced in areas within the 12 acres. If one is inclined to learn more animal husbandry, we have a neighbor that has a grass fed beef and goat herd operation who could always use some help.

Compensation, Accommodations and amenities provided :

Compensation will be free housing consisting of a one room building with running water, 3 bay sink, built in bed and cabinets, kitchen amenities including refrigerator, small oven and cooktop and composting toilet. Showers can be had in the main house or during warmer times an outdoor shower can be set up. Applicants are welcome to bring campers, tents, tipis.
***Depending on experience and drive, interns have the opportunity to utilize the farm for their own venture*** and/or a partnership with the farm managers can be negotiated. We have participated in local farmers markets and restaurant sales and can assist in getting you set up for this. We are not currently certified organic however have been certified organic and naturally grown in the past and are considering certification for this farm for 2017.
We also have a kayak and small boat for use. There is a pond and stream on the farm as well as a basketball court. A lovely bamboo grove for shady afternoon meals or naps is also one of the lovely features of this farm. Since we are 25 miles from the nearest town (Athens GA) your own mode of transportation is ideal.
We have a sweet 9 year old female german short haired pointer mix that would love some company.

Preferred start date :
March 1, 2017
Preferred length of internship :
negotiable month
Willing to host a spanish speaking intern? :
Yes  - We do not speak spanish fluently