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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 50
Persons: 3
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 47640
Region: Midwest

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Last Updated: April 22, 2016


Come help out in the Bird Creek organic garden at Elk Ridge Ranch! We grow using only organic methods, and through a focus on crop and ecosystem biodiversity along with healthy and thriving soil, our gardens are a community of life! Not only are we continuously learning and open to new and great ideas, but there is always room for individual projects if an intern has the drive to create. We sell our veggies at the local farmers market twicea week - in Bloomington, IN and Louisville, KY, as well as use the fresh produce for juice in the elk ridge detoxifying cleanse programs. We try to cultivate not only the earth, but also a fun, interactive and educational environment for our interns and visitors. In addition to the gardens, there is plenty to do on the ranch and in the surrounding areas including our golf course, wine grape vineyards, milk goats, laying hens, fishing and swimming pond, workout facilities, and the beautiful Hoosier National Forest.

As an intern you will learn all about organic farming for market, but also permaculture principles that we useincluding biochar production, hugelkultur and wild edibles. We also have worm composting and grow microgreens and wheatgrass for juicing.

As a first year growing operation, we don't yet have money to offer a salary, but we are able to provide lodging and home cooked meals in exchange for work. Additionally,you can take advantage of professional fitness trainers on site.


We are flexible as to the amount of work you put in, however, we would like to see a minimum of around 4 hours, 5 days a week, but can work with interns to meet their needs. If you have any questions or ideas about what your visit might look like, please get in touch! We are happy to work with you to create an experience that helps you grow as a person and enjoy your time here on this beautiful piece of land.

We are open to accepting anyone who has an interest in learning more about organic food production, and cares about where their food comes from. Our day to day work varies quite a bit, so the job will include lots of variety. In the early season, we are consumed with planting, both in our hoophouse, and out in the field. As the season goes on, we spend time weeding by hand or harvesting/cleaning/packing produce for market. Aside from those main operational duties, we spend time on various side projects around the ranch including milking the goats, cooking, making fire for biochar, and brainstorming new and exciting projects!

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