April 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019 (with some flexibility if needed) We are interested in partnering with self-motivated individuals to share in the work that we do while providing foundational knowledge and hands-on experience in regenerative agriculture, permaculture design, homesteading and community living.
About the Farm: As both a farm and a small community, Rising Locust Farm follows the three main ethics of permaculture: Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share.
Earth Care - We are striving to build deeper connections with the land that provides our sustenance through stewardship, utilizing regenerative farming practices, as well as through our personal and communal lives by following the beliefs of “Deep Ecology”.
People Care - We want to take care of the people working here, those who come here, our greater community, and find a place for others to have an opportunity to be involved in the work and culture of growing food.
Fair Share - We want to actively address the unfair and unjust ways food, money, power and other forms of wealth are distributed in our communities. We hope to connect our small work here to the work being done everywhere to create a more just, equitable, and ecologically beautiful world for everyone.
Internship Features: Working alongside the Rising Locust community members, the interns will assist with all aspects of working a small-scale farming operation, homesteading, and cooperating with others in an intentional community setting. Agroforesty will be a key part of the internship as new systems are being installed and maintained. Working with ecological restoration techniques and understanding the connections between the semi-wild and the highly cultivated areas of the farm will be foundational. Interns will learn to see the farm as a whole and highly integrated ecosystem. Learning by doing and incorporating the knowledge into our physical bodies is essential to understanding the life of a farmer!
Livestock practices - rotational grazing of cattle, sheep, pigs, and chickens on our silvopasture, as well as basic animal husbandry with ducks and other animals on the homestead.
Outdoor mushroom cultivation - log grown shiitakes, and other species, in a woodlot yard for market and personal use.
Small scale holistic orchard care - newly established fruit trees, nut trees, and berries planted alongside other beneficial and medicinal herbs and woody perennials.
Marketing practices at the small farm level - social media, newsletters, web design, managing a meat CSA, and possible opportunities to sell food at a market stand.
Permaculture practices and design on a small farm.
Gardening on a homestead level - producing the bulk of our own food through a full growing-season.
Homesteading practices - food preservation, fermentation, making plant medicines.
Some opportunity for basic carpentry/building skills with possible projects utilizing natural building methods.
Community structure - working and living in community, sharing space, sharing meals, collaborative working environment and consensus decision making process.
Working with us to share our farm experience and culture with neighbors and friends through workshops, skill shares, and open farm days.
The internship includes on-farm housing and all meals. An intern will be expected to work 24 hours per week, following a weekly schedule agreed upon by the farm and the intern. Applicant should be physically able and willing to perform various types of manual labor in all types of weather. Applicant should be self-motivated and able to work well alone and with others. ALL POSITIONS FILLED! TRY AGAIN NEXT SEASON.
Application Deadline - Accepted on a rolling basis until February 15 or until positions are filled.
When: April 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019 (negotiable)
Where: Rising Locust Farm 1339 Creek Road Manheim, PA 17545