2017 Internship Position // Now accepting applications - March 1
- updated - Filled for 2017
We want to train future farmers....
Root Bottom Farm is looking for the next great farmer to join our team for the 2017 season. We believe in a local, chemical free food supply and want to share our skills with someone who wants those things in their life and their communities.
POSITION RUNS April 1, 2017-Oct 15, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE March 15, 2017
ABOUT THE FARM Our farm is located in Madison County, about 30 minutes North of Asheville, and 10 minutes from the towns of Mars Hill and Marshall. We grow just above 2,000 ft in the Blue Ridge Mountains on 5 acres of bottom land. We are dedicated to growing great organic food the old fashioned way. By hand, with love and without chemicals. We love diversity. In addition to our large microgreen and annual vegetable operation, we also have many established perennial crops. We currently grow strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, grapes, herbs, asparagus and 54 fruit trees. We have a large garlic crop that we hang in our renovated tobacco barn. We have two high tunnels on the property which are used for starting all of our plants from seed and for tomato and cucumber production. We have multiple outlets for selling our produce including farmers markets, a CSA, farm to table dinners, and a local food distribution company.
ABOUT THE POSITION We want to train future farmers. We believe in a local, chemical free food supply and want to share our skills with someone who wants those things in their life and their communities. We are seeking a motivated, physically fit intern interested in learning all aspects of a small organic farm operation this summer. Skills the intern will learn include propagation, planting, weeding, harvesting, greenhouse management, farmers market set up and sales, events and microgreen operations. This internship is designed as a learning experience for someone who is serious about growing food organically on a small scale using mostly human powered methods. Recycling and composting is mandatory. Housing and a share of produce is offered in return for 32 hrs of work per week (includes Sunday and Monday off and half day Saturday). Watering duties when the farmer is out of town is expected. Intern has a private residence with a parking spot. It is a furnished small studio apartment (about 250 square feet) that includes a cold water faucet, a kitchenette, bed, shelving, outdoor composting toilet and a propane heated outdoor shower. Bathroom is shared with farm guests. Utilities and internet are included.
QUALIFICATIONS No previous experience is required, only an eager person ready to work hard, eat great food, and is enthusiastic about learning to farm and apply these skills in the future. Must have your own vehicle since we live in a rural setting.
COMPENSATION Based on experience and how well the intern progresses, a stipend up to $75 a week may be provided.
To apply: Send your resume with references to
Morgan Decker at rootbottom@ gmail.com