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French Lick
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 30
Persons: 6
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 98363
Region: Midwest

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Last Updated: January 30, 2020

General Description:
In today's world, ideas are a dime a dozen. Taking action and making a difference is our mission. This is a project for those excited about food and farming! For those passionate about healing the earth and creating a new model of local farming economies! For those who want to create abundance in the form of food and a fulfilling lifestyle! For those who want to be a part of a live-in farm, working with others and sharing community! To be the change you want to see in this world! If this sounds like you, we would love to have you on our team. Please read on and then send us your application. This 75 acre historic farm has 3 barns, a bunkhouse, a community center, more than 10 springs (including a spring house), good fencing, good soil, a pond, forest, and beautiful rolling pastures. We have built three greenhouses, an earthship inspired home, a Tiny House Village - 6 cabins (including an earthen clay-slip, earth bag dome), an 1800 ft. deer fence, farm stand, outdoor kitchen, produce shed, building workshop, walk-in fridge, and earthen grow room. In addition to growing lots of produce, we also have chickens, cows, pigs, goats, one dog, and two cats. We operate an organic farm school apprenticeship program, CSA and market farm, sell grass-fed beef and pastured pork, free range eggs, take work exchangers and offer a variety of workshops.
Food includes lots of choices from the farm (predominantly what we eat), and other bulk staples. The food supplied is predominately vegetarian; however, meat is sometimes available from our farm animals. All residents always get discounts on our grass-fed beef and pastured pork.
Housing will be bunkspace in a shared off-the-grid cabin in our tiny house village, bunkspace in a farmhouse, camper, campground spot, or a private cabin - depending on availability. Managers and full time staff will be in a private cabin.
Skills Desired:
No prior experience necessary, though it does help one's application. A desire to learn and be engaged with the program are the most important. Aspects such as teamwork, communication skills, organization skills, dependability, and self-motivation are just as important.
Application Process:
If a HelpXer is more serious about their farm and sustainable living experience, they can apply to one of our farm school apprenticeship sessions.
If a HelpXer wants to come for a shorter time or not be quite as committed, they can apply to come as a short term work exchanger.
General Curriculum Topics of Farm Apprenticeship Program
Organic Produce Farming - Crop Selection, Seed Starting, Soil Preparation, Planting, Tending, Harvesting, Season Extension, Tools, Machinery, General Permaculture
Organic Animal Farming - Humane Caretaking for Cattle, Pigs, and Chickens, including Rotational Grazing, Grass-Fed Diets, Basic Butchering Skills
Running a Farm Business - Sales/Marketing, Farmers Markets, CSAs, Online Farmers Markets, Wholesale Business
Wellness & Lifestyle for Organic Farmers - Yoga (optional), Massage (optional), Self-care, Farm-Based Culinary Arts, Sustainable Living (many possibilities, but including fermentation, cheese/yogurt/bread making, off-the-grid living/homesteading skills, herbal medicine making, natural building, food preservation, etc. - depending on apprentice interest and season)
Please note: Farming and other Sustainable Living activities are seasonal. Some topics listed above may not be available certain times of the year. If you are looking for a more complete experience, we suggest you come for an entire growing season (Spring to Fall or an entire 12 months).
Perks of Being An Apprentice
- Access to a Community Garden Plot
- Food is included
- Housing is included
- Use of the farm's healing arts space, creative arts space, and library
- Wifi access in our Community Center
- Walking distance to lots of hiking, backpacking, canoeing
More information
The farm owner and farm school director has been organic gardening and farming since 2002. He has been operating educational aspects within the farm since 2006! Over 200 people have worked with him in an apprenticeship or educational capacity during these years. Many have taken away countless skills and have had many life changing experiences that have helped them live the life they want to live. We welcome you to join our team!
Our market farm produces just about any vegetable you can imagine for our 100 family CSA, Farmers Markets, local coops/natural foods stores, and restaurants. Main crops are garlic/onions, brassicas and hardy greens, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, peppers,and beans. Other crops include: figs (in Hoophouse), stawberries, raspberries, blackberries, melons, Jerusalem artichokes, yacon, eggplant, okra, other roots, etc. We grow over 300 varieties of produce each year. Also winter production in 3 hoop houses. And the farm has chickens, pigs, goats, and grass-fed cows which you will also get to work with.
Many past apprentices have received credit and sometimes funding from their college for an internship/apprenticeship.
The apprenticeship is only 3 farm work days a week, giving the apprentice 4 days of flexibility. During these 4 days, it's a possibility for the apprentice to spend more time on the farm (if they want a fuller experience), focus on sustainable living skills (off-the-grid/homesteading skills, culinary arts, healing arts, etc.), personal growth/reflection, or do whatever they like (such as work another job).

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