D Acres of New Hampshire Organic Permaculture Farm & Educational Homestead is an innovative, non-profit organization located on 180 acres of forest, perennial, and annual gardens in the foothills of the White Mountains. Our mission is to improve the human relationship with the rural New England landscape by researching, applying, and teaching skills of sustainable living, small-scale agriculture, and collaborative community. Through the initiation of local food networks, alternative technologies, skills-based cottage industries, educational programming, and community events, we are working towards the localization of our regional economy so that our needs of food, energy, shelter, community and health are met within our community.
We are currently seeking prospective applicants for our residential program. Interns and apprentices are involved in all aspects of daily operations at our working farm and homestead. Focus areas include organic gardening, sustainable forestry, animal husbandry, woodworking, blacksmithing, traditional arts & cottage crafts, herbology, metal fabrication, grant writing, alternative building and earthen construction, culinary arts and food preservation, renewable energy, hospitality and hostel management, youth education, graphic design, and videography. Interns must have some experience related to sustainable living and farming, whereas individuals with no experience are encouraged to apply as an apprentice. Projects and operations are decided in weekly group meetings using consensus-based processes.
We require a minimum 6 week commitment for interns and apprentices, with 26 hours of work per week expected. Interns pay a $20 fee per week, while apprentices pay $20 per day. These program fees cover the cost of room and board (treehouses or tent platforms and 3 organic, farm-fresh meals per day), as well as access to all on-site workshops and events. In addition to the 26 hours, interns and apprentices partake in the communal contract, which amounts to approximately 5-8 hours per week of basic tasks such as meal preparation, house chores, and group meetings. The 26 hour format allows for concentrated and organized communal work, while the free remaining time is at your disposal for personal projects, exploring our beautiful forested property and trail system, reading, hiking, biking, swimming, rock climbing at the nearby Rumney Rocks, or snowshoeing and cross-country skiing during the winter.
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