We do not have any Internship Positions available for 2017.
We accept up to 2 interns for each 3 month season.
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Transition Farm trains growers in sustainable, small scale market gardening and running a successful, vibrant CSA. In addition to seeking out skills from farmers and market gardeners past and present, the techniques that we use to run the market garden have been inspired and honed in a thriving home garden. Our internships offer motivated individuals the opportunity to learn hands-on How to Grow Vegetables.
Our internships run with our seasonal CSA growing seasons. Our programs are an opportunity to learn a wide range of on-farm skills with particular emphasis on intensive market gardening and sustainable farming (Eliot Coleman being a great champion for us!). Our farm incorporates a permaculture design and organic and biodynamic growing practices. Daily tasks involve all of these.
Our education method is very loosely structured. It is example and experience based. We endeavor to show interns what great things can be done on a small farm, what trial and error has taught us...or how we have learned the hard way...and how to produce fresh, seasonal produce from seed right through to getting it into the weekly boxes for our CSA members. From green house practices to running a CSA, crop rotation to soil building, interns experience all aspects of our farm.
Essential Requirements Applicants must have a passion for growing plants, the ability to work hard and the desire to perceive and understand the natural world through the power of observation.
Applicants need a strong work ethic, a fit body, an inquisitive and healthy mind, good communication skills, a good sense of humour...or just like to laugh... and the ability to work with a task-based approach (as opposed to a time-based system). The manual work is often repetitive and strenuous. This is farming! We love it though and have a good time doing it.
Your own transportation is helpful. The beach is 1.5 km and shops are 12km away. We can not ferry you to and fro.
Expectations We expect all of our interns to be hard working, willing, polite, inquisitive and well presented. How much you get out of this experience depends on how much you are prepared to put into it. We aspire to share our knowledge and experience with those who are looking for a deeper understand of intensive, sustainable small scale farming and the crop planning and customer communication involved in running a CSA. We are passionate about farming and love to share so ask lots of questions...every day!! We value the work you are offering and we put alot of effort in providing an even exchange - your hard work for essential skills, the explanation of how and why we grow in the way we do, observational techniques, literary references, the full farm picture.
We work in all weather-come prepared.
We need to meet you, spend some time touring the farm and talking about expectations - to ensure that we can all work together and that we can provide the experience you are looking for. We want interns to leave the farm with solid, specific skills for successful, enhanced organic market gardening and to have had a positive learning experience.
Work Hours Interns will be expected to work a 5 day week. Work times vary – but the typical working day starts early and includes 8 hours of work with a lunchtime break. On predicted extreme heat days, we start early and finish early. Although there are daily tasks that occur 7 days a week, work can be flexible with a desire to make a schedule that works for the farm and an educational opportunity suited to the intern.
Intern Room and Board Caravan accommodation with kitchen facilities in the caravans is provided. There is a separate, private bathroom with shower and toilet facilities. We will provide you with our farm fresh produce and eggs and general wholefood staples. You will be expected to prepare your own breakfast and evening meal. Lunches are communal.
SEASONAL FOCUSESWhile many of the farm tasks remain throughout each season, each season does have its focuses. The list below is meant as a guide. Each year different tasks present themselves depending on the season and how the farm is changing.
Summer (January - February - March) Harvesting for the CSA. Intense market gardening techniques. Succession planting. Direct Seeding. Irrigation. Water conservation. Compost building. - Crop Assessment - Plant health, integrated pest management, when to harvest - Supplying a high quality product - Efficient harvesting and post harvest storage - On the tools - the correct tools for efficient weed management, planting, bed preparation, harvesting - Seeding the Autumn crops in the greenhouse - Soil blocks and nurturing - Transplanting Autumn Crops - Direct seeding of crops - Managing Summer heat/ Irrigation - Summer Fruit Tree harvest and maintenance - Biodynamic 501 and seaweed brews - Brian Keats Biodynamic Antipodean Astro Calendar
Autumn (April - May - June) Harvesting for the CSA. Intensive market gardening techniques. Crop planning and crop rotation for the next season. Cover cropping and compost building to build soil fertility. Fallowing areas - sowing pasture. Fruit tree maintenance. Working on infrastructure. - Crop Assessment - Plant health, integrated pest management, when to harvest - Supplying a high quality product - Efficient harvesting and post harvest storage - On the tools - the correct tools for efficient weed management, planting, bed preparation, harvesting - Seeding the Spring crops in the greenhouse - Soil blocks and nurturing - Transplanting Autumn/Spring Crops - Direct seeding of crops - Timing with the days getting shorter - Greenhouse maintenance - Autumn Fruit Tree Harvest and maintenance - Crop planning and crop rotation for the next season. - Planting native corridors - Biodynamic 500 and 501 - Brian Keats Biodynamic Antipodean Astro Calendar
Winter (August - September - October) Choosing crop varieties. Starting seeds in the greenhouse. Working with movable greenhouses. Dormant fruit tree pruning and tree pasting. Continuing the permaculture design of the farm. - We start seeding in July for Spring planting - soil mixes, seed planting and greenhouse growing techniques using two unheated greenhouses. - Using Brian Keats Antipodean Astro Calendar - Biodynamic seeding. - Pushing seasonal boundaries in the field with unheated greenhouses. - Soil preparation. - Fruit tree pruning (We have over 90 trees including avocado, apple, almond, pear, plum, peach, nectarine, cherry, mulberry, apricot) - Designing and planting the food forest within the native established corridors. - Planning and planting more native corridors.
Spring(October - November - December) The harvest begins as well as the major summer planting. Our focus is on soil preparation, Biodynamic planting times, harvesting and boxing of Spring produce, continued seeding in the greenhouses, building compost. - Direct seeding of crops - When to harvest - What is in the Box - Harvest and seeding within the moveable greenhouse - Supplying a high quality, enhance organic product - Harvesting and storing - Continued work in the greenhouses to ensure strong starts for late Spring planting as well as succession planting - Trellising systems for growing Spring and Summer crops - Building Biodynamic Compost Windrows - Biodynamic 500 and 501 - Brian Keats Biodynamic Antipodean Astro Calendar
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