2021  INTERNSHIPS

  We are excited to offer a hands-on learning opportunity for those interested in permaculture, hemp, natural building and homesteading. 

 

 We started with bare land and have in the past 8 years built a functioning though still under construction farmstead.  We built an “Earthship” (rammed earth tire wall/hempcrete/off-grid home.)  Set up an outdoor kitchen with pizza oven and gardens.  Planted an orchard/food forest with 20 fruit trees, hazelnuts and other edible plants. We put in (and are still working on) water systems, solar systems, and animal systems. We raise pigs in the woods (20+/year), free-range laying hens (70+) and ducks for pest control and food.  Our newest farm enterprise is high CBD hemp grown in greenhouses. We use Korean Natural Farming (KNF) techniques for fertilizers and pesticides based on fermentation and locally-harvested microbes. We also garden for ourselves and for winter storage. We are looking for motivated helping hands who wish to expand their knowledge of permaculture, homesteading and hemp!  We are looking for co-creators with skills with tools, horticulture or animals, knowledge of permaculture and willingness to get dirty, work hard, live minimally and have fun!

 

We have been hosting volunteers, Wwoofers (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) and interns for 5+ years.  What is the difference with our internship program vs. Wwoofers?  

Our internship program involves longer stays with more varied work projects to give you a well-rounded picture of what building an off-grid farmstead takes.  It also gives us an opportunity to better recruit people who will benefit from what we can offer and vice versa with our in-depth application process.

2021 Plans & Projects…

While our list is always over ambitious, in 2021 we will complete at least some or most of these projects:   

  • Build a workshop/machine shop

  • Root Cellar

  • Focus on HEMP production,  KNF, seed to sale.

  • Dig a pond and establish gravity water systems to home-site and hemp-site.

  • Earthship landscaping. Roof melt system? deck?  Sauna?

  • Raise 20-30 pigs, 100 laying hens. Establish a new pig zone in the woods

  • Solar system for hemp zone/cabin.

  • Hempcrete/Plaster Workshop

 

In addition, you will take part in:

Feeding/watering animals

Collecting/washing eggs

Preparing meals

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 who is interested in the wide array of homesteading skills.  *We are not an organic produce farm or market garden. What we offer is a wide education on living off-grid, natural building, animal husbandry, hemp and Earthships. 

  • 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 or cannabis production.

  • Someone who can work independently.

  • Someone who doesn’t mind being in the countryside. 

There is no fee for our internship we trade your labour and willingness to fully commit to being an active part of our micro-community for education, room &  board.   We require a two-month minimum commitment and welcome longer stays from mid-April through mid-October.

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

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