|Sent on:||Wednesday, January 15, 2014 2:12 PM|
Presently we have a 45-acre farm in Benton, Maine, which has a strong emphasis on human power, permaculture, and diversified integration. Of the 45 acres, forest comprises 35 acres and 10 are wild pasture; we cultivate 2-3 in annuals and perennials. Our biggest focus in years past has been mixed vegetable production, either going to wholesale or CSA. All annual beds are either currently in or transitioning towards a no-till system, which is strongly reliant on cover cropping, rotations, animal integration, mulching, a diverse array of homemade foliar sprays, prompt, observant and critical management, and faith in the biology below us. Last season we raise annual fruits and vegetables, perennials, sheep, milking goat, layers, meat birds and lowland rice.
Plans for 2014: We plan to scale back our food production in order to focus on building soils, systems and structures for the years to come. This includes: 1) More buildings (natural and stick frame), 2) Cover cropping and soil fertility, 3) Increasing perennial planting and production, 4) Building a commercial rice paddy and 5) Setting-up social systems for our community. We will still grow enough food, (plant and animal) for everyone involved and use the same methodologies in our production, though just devote less time to annual food production.
Position Openings: We are searching for passionate people with long and short-term commitments in mind. For potential members we are looking for pioneers with skills and experience in permaculture, sustainable agriculture, forestry, carpentry, natural building, and/or the social/economic tools associated with building a community. We are looking for folks eager to take on more responsibility and management of the operation for years to come. Apprentices and shorter-term members need not have much experience in those skills mentioned above but should be eager to learn, grow and feel connected with the community during their stay. Many of our systems, soils and such are still forming, so for those interested in gaining skills, creations and formations they can take elsewhere, we feel this could prove to be a great opportunity. This is a fairly new project so those involved can have a large influence on the direction this project goes in.
We can offer: 1) full room and board (on site) 2) an environment focused on a diversity of skills, learning and education 3) flexible work arrangements 4) potential for future membership and income. We would prefer to not put much of our budget towards wages/stipends this year, though depending on experience some compensation could be arranged.
The positions are available from May to October (unless you become permanent member). We require a minimum stay of 3 months for apprentices and a two week trial period for everyone involved. There will be a long period before permanent members are accepted.
To apply and for more information go to WildFolkFarm.org.