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Green Belt mini-farm / Ecology Action

Willits, California
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About the Placement:

Detailed Placement Description

This placement is owned and operated by a non-profit organization.
Production Acreage : #1
Number of Full-time Employees: 7
My farm/organization is : Pesticide Free, Practices GROW BIOINTENSIVE Sustainable Mini-Farming.
I have participated in training exchanges or apprenticeship programs called Ecology Action’s 8- (February through October), and 12-month (February through January) Internship Program, Ecology Action’s Three-Year Apprentice Program.
Educational Activities:
8-month Summer Course; One (1) 3-Day Workshop for 8- and two (2) 3-Day Workhops for 12-month Interns. Sometimes visits to a few local farms.
Social Environment:
Trainees are provided lodging on the Inn land along with staff and interns. The Stanford Inn By-The-Sea provides prepared meals. Everyone takes responsibility to keep his or her own area maintained and clean. Periodically informal brief tours bring in people from other parts of California, the U.S. and sometimes the world.

Educational Activities : 8-month Summer Course; One (1) 3-Day Workshop for 8- and two (2) 3-Day Workhops for 12-month Interns. Sometimes visits to a few local farms.

Primary Production :

Vegetables, Herbs, Flowers, Tree fruits, Grain

About the Internship

Training Hours:

40 hours per week

Training Expectations :

We offer Year-round training, Seasonal training, ideally between April and October.
Our farm/organization strongly prefers the steward who has Some significant farming experience.

On-Site Training, Steward’s primary activities :

See detailed Ecology Action Research Mini-Farm/Garden Site Training Plan on file with MESA.

Climate and Location Description

Average temperature/Typical weather: 30 to 90 (averages 45 to 80) degrees Fahrenheit. Winter: Cold and rainy. Spring: Cold to cool and rain. Summer: Cool nights and damp to dry, cool to warm with some hot days. Autumn: Warm to cool with some rain.
Proximity to nearest town/city: Mendocino, CA 2 miles ~5 minutes by car.
Geographic Location:
We are in northern California. The Green Belt site about 4 hours north of San Francisco located near Mendocino Town on the Pacific Coast. Winters are cool and damp, Summers damp to dry and cool to warm to hot, Springs are cold to cool to warm, and Autumns are cool to warm. There is less work and more time for study in the winter. Summer is mostly work, but trainees have a day and a half off each week during the summer and two of the weekends are for 3 days, so other places may be more easily visited. A week is also given off in August.

Compensation :

$200 / month, Free, daily food, Transportation from/to nearest int’l airport and placement

Accommodations and amenities provided :

A room in a nearby building will be shared with Other interns/stewards.
Lodging is simple, with basic amenities (heat, indoor bathroom.
Electric or gas heat, VCR/DVD, Free, daily internet on-site, Full or partial food allowance added to monthly MESA stipend to buy/prepare own meals, Free, seasonal farm products. (Example:Vegetables and Grains from Farm)

Preferred start date :


Preferred length of internship :

8 months