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2024  INTERNSHIPS

POSITION:We are excited to offer a hands-on learning opportunity for those interested in permaculture, natural buildings, off-grid living, HEMP and homesteading.    

REPORTING TO:  Farm Team Management

DATES:  May/June/July  or  Aug/Sept/October

HOURS:  The successful applicant will be scheduled to work 35 hours per week and live on-site.

GOONIELAND, Who We Are:

We are an off-grid Permaculture homestead and farm. We have laying hens (approx 100), pigs (harvesting 20/year), medicinal hemp and vegetables.  We are not a market garden. We focus on food security first and selling excess produce through our organic grocery store, Eat Pure Mountain Market.  This year's main vegetable crops will be hemp, garlic, greens, and tomatoes. Beyond food production, we are forming an intentional community focused on alternative governance, spiritual growth, plants as medicine, and self-reliance. We started with bare land in 2012 and have built a wide range of off-grid systems and natural buildings, including a hempcrete Earthship.

ROLE:

We are looking for a responsible, self-motivated team member passionate about organic agriculture and self-sufficiency.  The roles of this position are wide and varied.  You will spend time in all the food production systems, from weeding, pruning, and harvesting plants to feeding animals, animal husbandry, and the infamous butcher day.  Basic building skills are a must.  We will work on various buildings, off-grid systems, hempcrete production, and installation.  A keenness to live in community is required, we are a small tight-knit team that meets daily and weekly for various planning meetings, meals, and community events. Communication skills are critical and the willingness to see interpersonal difficulties as an opportunity for growth and connection. As a team, we share interests in spiritual growth, self-governance, counter-narrative views, and an interest in learning the skills it takes to live off-grid, in a community.

This summer our projects beyond current food production include:

  • Hempcrete brick production

  • Completion of hempcrete tiny home & off-grid systems for tiny homes. 

  • Construction of a 58’ x 25’ metal building for machine maintenance.

  • New garden zone: fencing, beds, pond.

  • Numerous building projects like outhouses, humanure systems, pole barn, irrigation systems and optimization of older systems.

  • Maintenance of numerous large and small engines & machines.

 

In addition, you will take part in:

Shared Meal Prep

Daily watering/weeding/harvesting/planting in the garden.

You Will Learn:

  • Small animal husbandry; pigs, chickens, ducks.

  • How to build and feed organic soils, composting.

  • How to make fertilizers, compost teas & foliar sprays on farm with Korean Natural Farming 

  • Planting and caring for seedlings, transplanting, pruning.

  • Harvesting techniques, drying, curing.

  • Natural building: Hempcrete, clay/lime plasters. 

  • Gravity water systems.

  • Solar systems.

  • Food preservation, canning.

Who is our internship best for? 

  • Someone interested in the vast array of homesteading skills.  

  • Someone who wants to build an earthen home or live off-grid.

  • Someone who has taken a permaculture course and wants experience before starting their own projects!

  • Someone with basic building skills.

  • Someone interested in hemp.

  • Someone who can work independently.

  • Someone who doesn’t mind being in a rural environment. 

PERKS:

  • Room + Board + Community!  This is a rare live-in opportunity to learn the skills to live your OFF-GRID DREAM. 

  • Room: *Camper trailers

  • Board: Meals are provided (shared cooking). 

  • Being part of a community! Weekly community-building meetings.  

  • Access to weekly events: yoga, breathwork, and potlucks.

  • Access to our annual Hempcrete Workshop and other farm events. 

Please download the application and return to eatpurefood@gmail.com

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