Internships

Interested in a deep dive into permaculture living? If you are a self-motivated and self-directed person who is passionate about creating a healthy, connected, and regenerative life, then a permaculture internship may be a good stop on your journey.

What we look for

You will thrive most readily as an intern if you’ve already had exposure to permaculture, have done some self-study, and are eager to put your values into action. It doesn’t really matter what aspects of permaculture you are most interested in developing, as long as have a fire burning in you, you will find many outlets to express your creativity and skill. We are expanding our permaculture internship program and are looking for an additional 4 – 6 people to join us for the 2018 growing season. We’ve got big plans. 

2018 Intern Projects

All Season Greenhouse Construction

  • building a 960 sqft farm scale greenhouse prototype
  • constructing greenhouse out of upcycled styrocrete, steel, and polycarbonate
  • assisting with solar panel installation
  • installing climate battery
  • setting up perennial propagation space
  • installing node-red climate control system
  • manufacturing styrocrete

Organic Annual Gardens

  • planning, planting, and maintaining the organic gardens
  • building more hugelkultur beds
  • building new gardens
  • brewing and applying LOTS of compost tea
  • building soil fertility
  • implementing integrated pest management systems
  • using crop rotations & green manures
  • seed saving
  • assisting with kale production and making dehydrated kale chips

Building, Energy, & Systems

  • constructing an upcycled styrocrete, aluminum and polycarbonate all-season greenhouse
  • finishing the sleeping nook (small natural building)
  • assisting with finishing a timber frame and light clay compost toilet
  • constructing a ferro-cement water storage cistern
  • continue working on biochar kiln designs
  • assisting with solar panel installation
  • building tent platforms
  • improving irrigation systems
  • excavator work and pond construction

Perennials, Food Forest, & Nursery

  • planning future food forest
  • nurturing existing perennials
  • completing construction of the nursery space
  • starting and tending nursery stock
  • plant propagation
  • growing medicinal herbs

Animal Husbandry

  • ensure the chicken homes are clean, birds are fed, and water is always available
  • diligently ensure all birds are locked up at night and out during the day
  • monitoring the flocks for health issues
  • participating in end of season bird harvest
  • collecting food waste from near by restaurants and grocery stores to minimize the amount of commercial feed required
  • assisting with occasional bee keeping tasks

Kitchen, Cooking, & Nurition

  • planning and preparing communal dinners with local ingredients
  • cooking both omnivorous and vegetarian meals
  • keeping the pantry organized and stocked
  • shopping for communal food stuffs
  • passionate about nutrition, food artistry, and sharing knowledge
  • harvest storage: fermenting, canning, dehydrating, freezing and root cellaring

Radical Mycology

  • Searching for, identifying and taking samples of local, wild fungi
  • Practicing aseptic lab skills by culturing and training new and unique strains
  • Expanding select mycellium to incorporate into garden beds to support plant growth and health
  • Experiment with different substrates, strains and techniques to produce food and medicine and to remediate damaged landscapes

Details

Cost

Cost for participants is $200/month and includes: most of your food, shelter, Internet (somewhat limited), access to all amenities (canoe, bikes, kayaks, car use). Indoor accommodation will be provided for the cooler weeks at either end of the season.

Expectations

Work expectations are approximately 30 hours per week. The work is generally flexible and can often flow in and around other interests: hiking, biking, swimming, reading, music, yoga, downtime, etc. 

Lodging

Lodging for our interns varies on the weather. During cooler months, we have a limited number of indoor heated accommodation. During the summer warmer months, we have outdoor glamping style accomodation.

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