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.

2021 Applicants are Welcome!

COVID has translated into a substantial increase in the number of visitor, WWOOFer, Workaway, and Intern requests we receive. If you are interested in participating in 2021, please reach out. Sooner is better than later as we are almost fully booked for 2021! While COVID is still an active threat, our intention is minimize the number of new people passing through our property by prioritizing those who are able to commit to longer stays (1 month or more).

What we look for

You will thrive most readily as an intern if you’ve already had exposure to some form of sustainable agriculture, 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 2021 growing season. We’ve got big plans. 

2021 Intern Projects

All Season Greenhouse Construction

  • completing our 960 sqft four season prototype greenhouse
  • 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 wicking beds
  • brewing and applying LOTS of compost tea
  • building soil fertility
  • implementing integrated pest management systems
  • using crop rotations & green manures
  • seed saving
  • insert your interest or passion here ________

Building, Energy, & Systems

  • renovating our communal hangout space
  • expanding our yoga + dance deck
  • finishing the sleeping nook (small natural building)
  • 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

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

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 depending on the weather. During cooler months, we have a limited amount of indoor heated accommodation. During the warmer months, we have outdoor glamping style accomodation with overflow camping space.