Root Bottom Farm Summer Internship 2016


The Farm:

Root Bottom Farm is owned and loved by Sarah & Morgan Decker. Our farm is located in Madison County, about 30 minutes from 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 never spray. Never will. We are dedicated to growing great organic food the old fashioned way. By hand, with love and without chemicals.

Why intern on our farm?

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 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 restaurants, farmers markets, a CSA, three farm to table dinners, and a local food distribution company.

Position Description: ONE Full Time Position 6 months, 4 days a week (35 hrs a week, Tues-Friday) April 15 – October 15

Housing, Veggies, Fruit & Farm Products Included

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, 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. This 6 month internship is from mid April till mid October. Housing and a share of produce is offered in return for 4 full days of work per week (Tues-Friday). Watering duties when the farmer is out of town is expected. This is not a paid internship.


Intern has a private residence with parking spot. It is a fully furnished small studio apartment (250 square feet) that includes a cold water faucet, a kitchenette, bed, shelving, composting toilet, and a propane heated outdoor shower. Bathroom is shared with farm guests. Utilities and internet is included. A laundry mat is located 10 minutes away in Marshall.

Position Description: TWO Part Time Positions

4 months, 2 days a week (Tues &Thurs) May 15 – September 15

Part time intern works two days a week helping with various farm tasks. We are looking for someone who wants to work hard, have fun and learn our operation. Veggies, Fruit & Farm Products Included

To apply: Send your resume with references to Morgan Decker // rootbottom at