Learn to farm in Boulder, CO (Boulder County)
Everybody Eats! is a Colorado non-profit organization that promotes socially, ecologically and financially sustainable agriculture via our flagship program, the Farmer Cultivation Center (FCC). Our mission is to incubate new farms in Boulder County and beyond, and to assist new farmers with operating a successful farm business in those critical first years.
The farm incubator is looking for individuals who are interested in farming as a career but do not have the land, business know-how, or finances to start a farm operation on their own. The program is still in the early years of development, and we are fairly open to adaptability and change.
As an intern with the farm incubator program:
You will learn about horticulture, soil, greenhouses, irrigation systems, weed and pest management, environmental control, tools and implement options, sales and marketing, finance and administration, permaculture and biodynamic philosophies, and systematic food justice.
The Farmer Cultivation Center offers two optional tracks for interns.
Track 1 is a one-season track, and interns will gain knowledge in urban farming. A "victory garden" or "community garden" approach to self-sustainability.
Track 2 is a two-year track, and interns will have a knowledge base to successfully run a commercial sized, organic farm business.
This is a work trade, so you will receive a share of vegetables for the hours that you put into the farm.
Track 1- ONE SEASON TRACK
• Extensive horticulture training
• 20 hours a week hands-on training and self paced study
o 15 h/week hands on
o 1 classroom work
o 4 self study
• Learn how to design and operate large scale gardens; soil, USDA food safety, horticulture, and CSA management
Track 2- TWO SEASON TRACK (Organic, commercial scale vegetable farming)
• 15-20 hours a week, including one harvest day
• You will have responsibility for a 1/4 acre plot, working directly with other interns and our farm manager
• 10 hours hands-on, 5 hours of self study
• Dedicated time with farm manager, both crew time and individual time
• 12 month cycle
• Flex, 35-40 hours a week
• Opportunity for flex pay for field labor
• Business, finance, sales, marketing training
• Extensive learning on USDA standards
Self study approach
• Self tests
• Group Q & A's
• Farm management tools (Excel, etc.)
• Curriculum is based on season
• Self study learning necessary for second year
If you wish to be an organic, commercial scale vegetable farmer, it is necessary to work within multiple seasons. This is an ongoing development program, and we will consult all farm interns with necessary feedback when developing changes. Our approach is similar to that of a trade or vocational school. We want to help people help themselves.
--Tuition works on a sliding scale. Each individual will pay to his/her ability.
--Living quarters are not present on the farm. You will be responsible for living, but we are willing to help you research for a place to live.
--STUDENTS: Hours can be used for school credit or fieldwork hours, as well as internship hours.
Refer to our website for more information: everybody-eats.org
If you should have any questions after reading this posting and viewing our website, you can reply to this listing. If you have a strong interest, reply with a letter of intent explaining why farming is of interest to you and what you hope to accomplish with this opportunity.
Look forward to hearing from you!
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