Sample US Hosts
The placements below represent MESA’s current and/or recent US Host partners. Their availability and/or interest in your Steward application is not guaranteed.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT CONTACT ANY HOST LISTED BELOW WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM MESA. ABUSE OF THIS POLICY MAY RESULT IN CANCELLATION OF YOUR STEWARD APPLICATION.
IMPORTANTE: NO CONTACTE A NINGÚN ANFITRIÓN ENUMERADO ABAJO SIN EL PERMISO DE MESA. EL ABUSO DE ESTA PÓLIZA PUEDE RESULTAR EN LA CANCELACIÓN DE SU SOLICITUD.
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Mendocino Meats / Golden Vineyards
California, United States
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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:
Full for the Season
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
$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
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