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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 4
Persons: 1-4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 45472
Region: Southwest

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Last Updated: August 21, 2019

Open now! We have camping space available in our back acreage and in the dome.

A serious interest in organic farming and willingness to do outdoor work is necessary.

Internships of over 1 month will start with a one-month trial period to make sure we're a good fit. If it works out well, then we can extend it up to 4 months.

We are a small sustainable farm, on 4 acres, 5 miles south of Albuquerque at 4900-feet elevation. We are in our 12th year, and work is varied. We welcome honest, fun-loving and hardworking folks who love to get their hands dirty. We have a 1/4 acre vegetable garden, and do a lot of food preservation in the summer and fall. We raise chickens, turkeys, goats, and peacocks. In addition, five adults, one small child, and three cats currently live on the property.

Summer housing (April-Oct) consists of camping space, or the dome on our back acreage, which is green and pretty in a New Mexico kind of way. The dome is cute and can house 2 people comfortably out of the weather, and is located in our green-belt area. We have a nice camping pad next to it, that can host a tent of almost any size, and there's good places to set up a hammock if you prefer.

If you agree to camp in the summer, you will need to bring a tent, bedding, flashlight, and whatever other gear will keep you comfortable while camping.

Winter housing (Nov-March) consists of a small travel trailer, which can accommodate 1-2 people comfortably. The trailer has electric, heat, and wifi, but not plumbing. We cannot accommodate dogs in the trailer. We do have the trailer available as intern housing in summer as well (in addition to the dome & camping area).

Interns have full access to the community house for kitchen, bathroom, laundry, etc. In spring/summer we can accommodate up to 4 people at a time. Leashed, well-trained dogs who don't chase chickens/cats are negotiable in summer.

This year’s major projects include: taking care of turkeys & chickens from day-old chicks all the way through processing, and as always, gardening -- including planting, weeding, composting, harvesting, drip-irrigation system maintenance, installing shade cloth, organic pest control, harvesting food, and food preservation (freezing, drying, canning and cooking with it!).

We will teach any work that is unfamiliar, and provide tools and information for every new thing. You do not need to be experienced at any of these things (though of course we also love experienced interns!). You do need to be interested in hands-on learning, and a motivated self-starter. You will work with other interns, farm residents (as available), or solo, depending on the task, the schedule, and your own preference.

Several of us work full-time off the farm, so we appreciate highly motivated individuals, and can accommodate a range of work schedules and length of stay--anything from two weeks to 4 months. We are connected by city bus and bicycle routes to Albuquerque. Our land extends back from a busy semi-rural highway to a tree-lined field with open views of wide green alfalfa fields and the mountains. We are omnivores, but we are good at working around food sensitivities. We are a half-mile from the Rio Grande. Central New Mexico has fabulous hiking opportunities, and the warm weather lasts April through October. (Note: Winters are *cold* here! We are at almost 5000 ft elevation.)

We are a pagan community, and welcome open-minded individuals of any faith. English in the only language spoken. We are queer and poly friendly. If you want to bring a dog, you must let us know in your contact email, and your dog must be controlled and well-behaved.

We have a strong preference for email. If you have the option to email us instead of phoning, please do.

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