SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE INTERNSHIP
Internships are available on a fully diversified 150 acre organic farm and CSA Garden in Loveland, Colorado (one hour north of Boulder, one-half hour south of Ft. Collins).
We run our farm as a Community Supported Agriculture model producing organic cow milk, meat, vegetables, eggs, honey from our hives, & wood fired stone-oven breads.
See more detailed description and details below.
You will have the opportunity to learn and experience:
- organic vegetable production (including greenhouse)
- animal husbandry
- rare breeds of farm animals
- baking on a wood-fired brick oven
- business aspect of a Community Supported Agriculture membership farm
- teaching educational programs with children
- learning various skills such as tree grafting, tree planting, permaculture
- natural homebuilding and alternative energy technologies
We are looking for responsible, committed people to join our 10 person staff for up to a year and be part of creating a financially sustainable demonstration farm around sustainable agriculture and the CSA model. See the printable application form below.
An intern receives a room, food from the farm, educational opportunities and a stipend of $150/month in exchange for full participation in our operation. The Guidestone Staff is a tight knit team, and willingness, flexibility, and supportive friendship are important attributes for potential interns. Accommodations are simple and range from a three person cabin, to small single person cabins. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are also available, and include solar showers, an innovative solar moldering outhouse, and a semi-outdoor kitchen. All of these facilities were built using alternative building methods such as straw-clay wall construction and cob wall construction.
Internships can be arranged anywhere from three months to a year. If possible, prospective interns should visit Guidestone prior to committing to a position in order to make sure that the program and living situation is right for them. We have a detailed internship packet which provide a more thorough explanation of life on our farm.
You can start as early as April and continue through summer or fall. If you are interested in this program, please send us a letter of intent, a pertinent resume or any information which can help us get to know you better.
|Overview of the Farm||Overview of the Internship Position|
|Daily Routines and Work Requirements||Educational Opportunities|
|Children’s Education and Adult Workshops||The Lifestyle of the Farm|
Overview of the Farm
Our fully diversified CSA Farm is located in a small valley on 150 acres in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains west of Loveland, Colorado. The property is leased. Our business, Guidestone Alliance, farms fields for hay and grain production, animal grazing, works two garden plots equaling about 4 acres under production in vegetables and has a milking herd of cows. Our animal husbandry program includes raising sheep, pigs, laying hens, turkeys, and working with three draft horses.
The customer base for the farm comes from Denver, Ft. Collins, Boulder and Loveland. Our members can sign up to receive a variety of farm generated products on a weekly basis. The members are an integral part of the farm with many families coming with their children to enjoy the farmers and see the animals on Saturday afternoons (our store day) and help with the chores of feeding and milking.
Overview of the Internship Position
Interns will have an opportunity to focus on a specific area of interest: gardening, animal husbandry, creating a farm business, or farming. Even though a specific area is chosen, everyone has an opportunity to work with the animals, garden, farm or in the “store” as the different activities may take a team effort to accomplish (such as transplanting or haying). Everyone takes turns milking and feeding animals each day.
Interns will be housed in a small one room cabin on “Main Street” or will co-house in two 20-foot diameter yurts overlooking the pond. Most cooking will be done in a partially exposed summer kitchen adjoining the cabins. A small room houses the shower and aother separate cabin houses the laundry facilities. Lunch and dinner are usually the responsibility of the interns; however, potluck dinners are quite frequent. The whole crew meets for breakfast after chores in the morning, and the cooking for that meal is done on a rotating schedule.
The length of internships can range from three months to a year. Our growing season is from April to November, and animal care and milking are year round activities. We offer a monthly stipend of $150 per month, along with room and some food from the farm. We provide workman’s compensation insurance. However, we do require that all interns have their own health insurance.
Daily Routines and Work Requirements
Our days begin early, as you might imagine. The cow milkers start at 5 am. Everyone else joins in on chores or in the garden at 6:30 am. We gather for pipe change, which is the term used for moving irrigation pipe across the fields, around 7 am in the heat of the summer. Once the morning duties are completed, breakfast is served and the rest of the day’s activities are discussed. The crews then split up to work on the projects in the garden, with the animals, setting up the store or out on the farm. A two-hour lunch break is taken during the heat of the day, and this time is used for lounging in hammocks or taking naps. Our days normally end anywhere from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Each person receives one day off and Sundays are considered a “light” day after chores and milking are completed. Interns who come for the whole growing season have a week’s vacation during their stay, the timing to be worked with the staff.
The work itself is physically demanding and takes place in all sorts of weather. During the spring, the garden crew spends a majority of their time in our greenhouse taking care of the new seedlings, but as soon as possible, planting takes place in the garden. The farm crew, meanwhile, is busy preparing the fields for the hay or grain production, which is then used to feed our animals. Over time you will begin to see this farm as a “farm organism”.
At the end of your stay on this farm, we trust that you will be able to appreciate all that you have experienced and learned. The hands-on work itself will be your greatest teacher and the people working with you will be able to share their years of experience as well. In order to enhance your learning experience, we incorporate a number of educational sessions throughout your time here. We have educational sessions, which take place for an hour or so during a specified time in the week. These sessions cover topics such as tree grafting, soil science, CSA management, yogurt making, herbs and making herbal products, and many other things as they come to focus throughout your time here. Intern input is encouraged in choosing topics.
Children’s Education and Adult Workshops
This year we will host a number of groups of school children and run a Farm Camp in the summer for children ages 10-12. We also host a number of adult workshops, such as “Permaculture for the Serious Homesteader” and other topics relating to alternative energy and natural homebuilding. On Saturdays, we often have children’s activities during the “store” hours in the afternoon, and if it interests you, your participation is welcomed in conducting educational times with the children.
The Lifestyle of the Farm
As you may have gathered from the information thus far, we are a hard working group of people who like to have fun and accomplish a great deal. We are interested in healthy habits, and do so through recycling, composting, eating good food and practicing alternative healing methods. We celebrate birthdays, special events, solstices and equinoxes and incorporate spirituality into our days. We feel that those who are drawn here come not by accident, so we welcome the diversity that each one brings.
While living arrangements are created with privacy in mind, finding a balance in this type of group living can be a challenge at times. Likewise, working in the intensity of the growing season does not always allow one the autonomy he or she may be used to. In order to keep things flowing smoothly, we try to maintain open lines of communication and endeavor to support everyone on their personal path. We value honest communication and find ways to keep it flowing, so we work on the community skills of clear communication and listening deeply. The process of living and working together will challenge you at times, but more often than not, you will appreciate the community of people around you with great delight and benefit greatly from the process.
If you are interested in applying here, please send us a resume with references as well as a letter letting us know what your interests would be in coming here. You can contact David Lynch at (970) 461-0271 who can answer any questions you may have.
- For more information contact TSC:
- The Stewardship Community
- 5943 N. County Road 29
- Loveland, Colorado 80538
- phone: (970) 461-0332
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Internship Application Form