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- Lodging: A lovely, furnished place to stay on a beautiful farm, with gorgeous river, ponds, the Appalachian trail next door, etc
- Food: Ingredients from the farm. Mostly eggs and veggies. Basic staples provided.
- A monthly stipend
- Time: 2.5 days off to explore the river, the trails, neighboring farms, research and learn, etc.
- Educational Opportunities: When we run programs, have visiting biologists, agronomists, etc., we will work to ensure you have a chance to learn from the experience. We also offer weekly farm focused classes from the HVH team.
- 4.5 full workdays to the land each week, plus chore/animal coverage on some weekends, rotating with other interns
- A commitment from April through October
- Lodging is shared. Candidates must be able to live in community and possess flexible, responsible and conscientious attitude.
- Willingness to learn, curiosity, flexibility, and excitement. Good humor doesn't hurt either.
Here are some of the projects we are working on this year that you will witness and learn from. The focus may shift depending on the needs of the site and seasonal changes.
- Establishing and maintaining new perennial plantings of berries, medicinal herbs, fruit/nut trees, and significant land restoration projects
- Rotationally grazing Murray Gray, Belted Galloway, and Angus cattle. This includes setting up and taking down electrical fence, moving watering systems, and other cattle related activities. This is a large part of regular work time spent at HVH.
- Building a greenhouse and other agricultural infrastructure
- Welcoming newborn calves in the spring and summer
- Caring for a flock of pastured egg layers
- Establishing and maintaining a small, intensively managed vegetable garden
- Supporting a small mushroom growing operation and learning about fungi’s role in the ecosystem
- Establishing honey bee hives and learning about pollination ecology
8 hours per day/4.5 days a week
We are creating a 250 acre diversified farm in the Harlem Valley which will be a center for rural and agrarian learning. Our mission is to create a place where people can have transformational learning experiences grounded in shared work and shared food. The homestead is centered on a beautiful working farm bordered by forested hills, pasture, a renowned trout river, and the Appalachian trail. Our agricultural production will be integrated with our educational workshops, programs, food served on site, farm stays, retreats, and events. Our farm will include livestock on pasture and organic vegetables, berries, fruits, flowers, maple syrup, honey, mushrooms and more.
We are entering our third year on the land while expanding and developing our current agricultural operations which include our beef herd, a small, intensively managed veggie garden and mushroom production. We will be introducing medicinal herbs, bees, perennial plantings, improving farm infrastructure and more over the next few months. We may also host educational opportunities for people to come and learn from us while we establish new systems.
During 2018 we will be undergoing significant restoration on the farm. We are looking for people that can be flexible and adaptive in the midst of a great deal of movement and change. Clear, skilled communication is very important. There will often be multiple projects needing attention, and we are looking for people who are emotionally and organizationally agile in navigating through complexity with our team.
This is a farm and a start up business. If you are looking to learn from an established working farm, with slick systems already in place, this is not that. However, this is a great opportunity for someone looking to gain diverse experience with aspects of starting farm systems and business from the ground up.
We are learning a lot, and so will you!