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Intern Wanted on Organic Farmstead in Northern California  RSS feed

 
Cathy Suematsu
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Do you want to learn to milk a goat, ferment sauerkraut, save garden seeds, slaughter a chicken, prune an orchard, mix and apply clay plaster, make cheese, harvest produce for market, install drip irrigation, make tortillas from home-grown corn, change a diaper, graft fruit trees, pour a foundation, process and eat acorns? Spreadwing Farm in the Capay Valley (Yolo County, California) is looking for one more intern. We are a small organic farm and homestead being developed by Cathy Suematsu, Michael G. Smith, their 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. Our goal is to provide a healthy, balanced, and inspirational home environment for our family and visitors, while eventually generating enough on-farm income to meet our financial needs. A lot of our energy goes into food production and preparation and caring for our children, with farm infrastructure, permaculture and natural building projects fitting in whenever possible. We recently completed an earthen pizza oven, composting toilet, and a major expansion of our fruit orchard. Projects planned for the near future include a solar fruit dryer, a grey water system, a solar shower, and restoration of a century-old water tower. We'd like to share our decades of experience with others who are excited to learn these skills. We provide amazing organic food, beautiful surroundings, a small cabin or tent site, and endless learning opportunities in exchange for about 40 hours a week of your help. Some experience is helpful, but the most important qualifications are enthusiasm, compatible personalities, and a desire to learn and to work hard. We prefer interns who can commit to between six and twelve months, but we can sometimes take people for shorter time periods. We will need to meet you in person before we can commit to working with you. For more info please email michael@emeraldearth.org or cathy@emeraldearth.org. Thank you!

In the words of one recent intern, "Working at Spreadwing Farm has been one of the most consistently challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. It has been an absolute privilege to learn from Michael and Cathy's collective wealth of knowledge. I have gained so many skills that I came here without, and have had the chance to hone skills I brought with me. I know that I have also grown personally, and understand myself in a way that I never have before. And that doesn't even begin to cover the incredible landscapes, wildlife, community and food that sustained me through all of it."
 
Michael Bushman
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I am in Sacramento and while I would love to do a 6 month internship its just not practical. That said, I am a talented woodworker and both your solar dryer and your water tower restoration are right up my alley! How big a food drying oven are you thinking about doing?
 
Cathy Suematsu
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Hi Michael, Thanks for expressing interest! Sorry for the delay in my reply. We haven't had our heads in building projects for the last couple months due to all the work we're doing with the livestock, garden, and orchard. Now that we've been harvesting summer fruits and veggies, building projects have come to a screeching halt. The solar dehydrator will have about 20 screens for drying that are 2' by 3'. The thought is that we'll build this one and if we like it, we'll build more. We're not sure when we'll get back to building; it might not be until the fall. If you'd like to email me directly and give us your contact info, we could let you know.
 
Bryan Bramlett
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hey Cathy, this sounds like an awesome opportunity. I'd like to hear more if you're still looking for a hand. Let me know, I'm around northern California, have permaculture/food forestry experience and looking to learn more and contribute to farms that promote the perma-lifestyle. Thanks
 
Cathy Suematsu
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Hi Bryan, Yes, we are still looking for one more intern. If you're interested, please email me to apply: cathy@emeraldearth.org, and I'll send you a little more detailed info along w/ some questions for you.

Thanks!!!
Cathy
 
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