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Internships

****SORRY, OUR INTERN POSITIONS ARE FULL FOR 2014. WE WILL START LOOKING FOR APPLICATIONS AGAIN IN FEBRUARY, FOR 2014.****

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An Internship at Sandhill Farm is an opportunity to be a part of a group of adults and children growing organic food, building intentional community, and endeavoring to live a sustainable lifestyle. Interns participate, as non-members, in all aspects of the community for the length of their stay. This includes our meetings and consensus decision making process, cooking for the community, spending time with children and creative problem solving for projects. We expect interns to be open to dialoguing about what they say or do as a part of the group. Our community norms align with feminism, egalitarianism, hospitality and nonviolence. Interns often become part of our extended family of friends.

We enjoy hosting interns! They bring new energy to our community and we deeply appreciate the help they offer. It is important to us to share our lifestyle and what we are learning of sustainable living. We also look forward to the social aspect of having more people and diversity on the farm.

Our work day typically begins between 7 and 9 in the morning.  We generally work till noon, take a relaxed lunch break and then resume our activity for a few more hours in the afternoon.   Depending on weather and the demands of the season, we sometimes work in the garden or do food processing after our dinner meal.  Within this general schedule, we encourage each other to pace ourselves according to our abilities and take care to take time for relaxation and personal needs.

Because of the great variety of vegetables and fruit we grow and put up, we are able to accommodate most diets.   In general we eat a high fiber, vegetarian diet with a venison option served approximately twice a week.   We rarely use refined sugars or grains in our meals, preferring our on farm produced honey, sorghum and maple syrup and our farm grown wheat.  We also tend to keep dairy out of the meals since we no longer have a milking cow but have dairy available from a local, organic farm for side dishes, morning coffee or toppings. 

Each year, we choose for an intern pool with strong interests in organic gardening, food preservation, sustainable farming and homestead maintenance.

This year, 2013, we are particularly looking for interns wanting to put their primary focus on managing garden crops including planting, maintaining, harvesting and preserving.

We are a working farm with a wide variety of projects going on at any given time. We regularly discuss and post project schedules and needs. Interns are expected to focus their work energies in food growing and processing.

This internship does not offer formal classes. Much of the learning and mentoring occurs while doing. Self motivation, good communication and the ability to work independently some of the time are keys to a good intern experience.

Organic gardening/food preservation includes: care of several large organic gardens, two fruit orchards, berry patches and an herb garden. Work involves planting, mulching, weeding, watering, pruning, compost building, harvesting, cover cropping and food preservation (canning, freezing, solar drying). We also make herbal tinctures, raise shitake mushrooms and have various ferments going at any given time.

Homestead maintenance includes: maintaining, fixing and upgrading our buildings, bicycles, vehicles and structures using such skills as carpentry, welding, cobbing, electrical knowhow and creative problem solving. Such projects might include replacing gutters, repairing sheetrock, building shelving, fixing flats, etc.

Fieldwork includes: Operating small tractors with implements to perform discing, tilling, mowing and cultivation. In addition, various biodynamic soil preparations are applied throughout the growing season.

Other areas of farm/community life that interns will have an opportunity to participate in include: poultry raising, commercial food production (mustard/horseradish/tempeh/specialty condiments), bee-keeping and honey harvesting, staffing our product table at fairs, outreach work for the Fellowship for Intentional Community,FIC (office located at Sandhill), product delivery trips, planning social events and conducting research.

Meals, Housing and Stipend: Sandhill provides all on-farm meals. Our diet is primarily low dairy vegetarian supplemented with homegrown meat (or locally hunted venison.) Special needs diets are accomodated. Interns are expected to bring their own tent and tarp to sleep outdoors. Some indoor housing may be available. Community common spaces are available for writing, reading, playing music, etc. A $50.00 per month stipend is provided to each intern whose stay is a minimum of 4 weeks.

Relaxation: While there is always more work that can be done on an active farm/ community, there are also many opportunities to relax solo or in the company of others. Our land has inviting swimming ponds and woodland walks. We have a rich library collection, craft projects abound, our meals are very social, we like to have friends over and we often create our own entertainment. We also have a weekly potluck with sister communities, Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage & Red Earth Farms. Local friends and neighbors often attend these potlucks as well.

We are happy to give references to future employers of interns. And, we are open to considering interns for provisional membership at the end of their internship period.


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