Type of farm?
Livestock (All Animals)
Stipend $200 p/month,including housing, utilities, cleaning supplies, toilet paper meat and egg rations and seasonal vegetables in the garden
Hippo Hollow Farms is located between Spring Hill and Columbia TN on 165 acres. Only 45 minutes away from Nashville (Music City) and the beautiful Historic Downtown Franklin, Natchez Trace with many beautiful State Parks, waterfalls and rivers around.
Application deadline October 30, 2017
Please do not apply if you are not serious and are able to fullfil the full commitment period.
Please know that the start and end dates are not negotiable. They are fixed.
Please send an email with and tell us a little bit about yourself.
We will reply with a short questionnaire which you need to return along with a full-body photograph.
If we think you are one of the people for us, we will invite you to come for an on-farm check-out where you will be required to work alongside us for 2 days before we make our final decision - no exceptions
We are very discriminatory as we are opening our home and the lives and safety of our children to strangers.
Please note that we might do a backround check at your expense - as we have had situations that compromised the safety of us and our children.
An Egg and meat ration is provided on a weekly basis and also vegetables in season from the garden.
Everyone on farm, old and young will be required to help in the garden and help to grow our own vegetables.
You will be required to make your own breakfast and lunch and dinner 5 days a week.
Communial dinner is eaten together Monday- Friday.
We raise meat and therefor cater for an omnivore diet. Vegetarians are welcome but know we will continue to cook the way we do, and you will need to supplement your own dietary preferences.
diligent and trustworthy,
mindful of detail,
hungry to learn,
faithful leaders with great character,
not scared of getting their hands dirty,
have an eye for details, great sense of humor,
enjoy spending time outside, never give-up kind of people.
You will discover muscles you never knew you had. You will feel great about what you have accomplished and be amazed at how much you have learned. You will be astonished in your own capabilities always knowing that you can take that extra step and walk that extra mile.
Living quarters always need to be kept clean as the house the intern/apprentice team lives in also serves as our farm store where customers can arrive at any given time to make a purchase.
Personal hygiene is of utmost importance. You must be well presented at all times.
Appropriate clothing need to be worn at all times
You need to be flexible. Things on a farm is not a open and close case. When there is a problem, we need to give it attention. We want you to be available if a situation needs urgent attention from us all.
Work hours are governed mainly by the sun and season- if you are looking for a 9-5 type of thing, we are not a right fit for you, life on a farm just does not work that way. A typical work day will end with dinner around 6:30pm but there is a things like closing the chickens up when it gets dark, that will need to be done after.
We purchased our current land in 2015 after we have leased land. This farm is being developed as we are impletenting the infrastructure as per our farm design - you will have the opportunity to learn what it will take to start your own farm in many more ways than one! Getting an "open and go" farm is surely a breeze yet there is great satifaction when you see the fruits of your labour when putting down your own footprint- and reality is- not many folks are blessed with a picture perfect piece of land with all the bells and wistles
You will learn from start to finish how to raise broiler chickens and turkeys, including butchering them.
Rotational grazing of pigs, castrating, raising them untill they are ready for slaughter and more.
Intensive mob grazing of cattle , using Holistic mob-grazing techniques.
Raising pasture laying hens, all there is to know about egg ptoduction.
You will be involved development projects including building roads, carpentry and many other diverse development projects which is in line with our long-term vision.
Marketing and deliveries (Sales, farmers markets, buying clubs etc)
Healing the land with your farming practices
Learning to fix anything and everything that needs to be fixed and being frugal about it.
Growing a sustainable garden for own use- changing overgrown forests into Silvopasture.
Be emerged in another culture... South Africans in the US whose home language is Afrikaans, if you want to learn another language, this is the place to be.
Learn to engage, interact and market the product to consumers.
Apprenticeship opportunities are available for those who have completed the initial internship- let us know if this might be of interest to you!
Apprenticeship candidates must FIRST complete the internship and are selected based on performance and whether the candidates reflect and carry the vision and mission of Hippo Hollow Farms.
Apprenticeships starts on October 15, 2018 until October 15, 2019 - renumeration for apprentices are more than that of interns.
And after the Apprenticeship? Want to farm and have no land, let's talk, we would be honored to help next generation farmers get started.
We follow the model of Polyface Farms. The sky is the limit!!!
Butchering On Farm
This is full-time- live and eat on farm hands-on learning opportunity, working alongside and under the guidance of the owner/farmer, Joe and the apprenctice for the year.
You must be a self-starter with a "never give up" attititude.
We raise Grass Fed- Grass Finished Beef using holistic rotational grazing practices, pasture raised broilers, laying hens, turkeys and forest raised pigs.
You will be expected to be open to engage, learn and master all aspects of the diverse projects and raising of animals we are involved with.
We work in all weather conditions. Hot humid Tennessee summers, rain and cold winter days, if you stay on as an apprentice.
We work at full capacity Monday - Saturday and chores only on Sundays. You will have a weekend off every 3rd weekend
7 day week, Sundays are just chores. Off every 3rd weekend
Hippo Hollow Farms is a family owned and run farm, situated in Middle TN. Joe, Adele and their 4 kids moved to the US in 2012 from their home country- South Africa!
Joe grew up on a cattle/dairy and corn farm. After he finished his degree in Agriculture, his family bought a Avocado, Macadamia Nut, Banana and Ginger farm. He farmed those commodities for 12 years before relocating to the US. In 2013 we started our operation in the US.
We use regenerative sustainable farming techniques raising grass fed grass finished cattle, pasture raised chickens ( eggs and meat birds), turkeys and forest raised pork.
During April 2016- we hosted a 10 day on farm course with Darren J. Doherty of the Regrarians using the Regrarians platform. Our farm was used as the model farm for the course and the outcomes of this course is being implemented on our farm over the next few years. We are excited to heal our land with everything we do!
We love to transfer knowledge and believe it is a neccesity to help share knowlegde with future farmers. We enjoy making new lifetime friends who becomes part of our family and who we can support in the future as they go their own way prusuing their dreams. We are open to creating business partnerships with Hippo Hollow Farms graduated apprentices in an effort to create a safe place for young farmers to start farming under the guidance of Hippo Hollow Farms. Even if you do not have land yet, and have this desire to live off the land, do not be discouraged! If you are willing to work and learn as an intern and apprentice with us and would like to farm, there is future partnership opportunities here at Hippo Hollow Farms and we would LOVE to help you.