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internships at native hill farm

Posted: January 28 2013

Native Hill Farm is a  diversified intensive vegetable farm located just north of Fort Collins, Colorado cultivating the freshest and highest quality naturally 100625_0072grown produce for our neighbors.  We grow high quality vegetables using innovative and sustainable growing practices with a focus on passive season extension techniques.
We are in our fifth year of cultivation and we are honored to be growing healthy food for our community. We sell our produce to committed local restaurants in Old Town, the Fort Collins Food Co-Op, through our Wednesday farm stand at Beaver's Market, the Old Town Farmers Market, and through our Unique Market CSA,  Fall CSA Program, and  Spring CSA.
Internships for 2013
We are currently accepting applications for internships for the 2013 growing season here at Native Hill!  These positions are for folks that have always wondered what it would be like to run a small scale agricultural operation as an economically viable enterprise.   These are entry level positions geared towards gaining experience with growing food from seed to sale in the Northern Colorado climate.  As an intern on the farm, not only will you be exposed to all aspects of vegetable production but you will also gain insight as to the  inner workings of a family run, diversified vegetable operation.  Although you will work very hard, sometimes for long hours, we hope that our interns will complete the season with an idea of what it takes to run a market farm, a firm knowledge base from which to continue on their agricultural path, and a deep satisfaction for the work they have accomplished.  
All positions start April 1st and run through Nov 15th.
Experience in the following areas will be gained:

  • Field work: harvesting, transplanting, weeding, pruning, trellising, thinning, managing irrigation systems, pest control, and other tasks
  • Pack-out operations: washing and sorting harvested crops, quality control, and packing/storage requirements of all crops
  • Greenhouse operations: seeding, potting-up, irrigation, pest control, fertility, as well as other tasks
  • Marketing and Sales operations: working with the CSA, Farmers market, and wholesale accounts
  • Season extension: Planting plans, structure management

Full Time Position- We have one opening for a full time intern for 2013.  We are looking for an intrinsically motivated person who would like to fully immerse themselves in life on the farm. Work loads will very between 40 and 50 hours per week and at times, hours may not be regular.  Strong management skills and physical labor experience are a plus.
Benefits for our full time position include:

  •  On farm housing: Private bedroom and office with shared  full kitchen and 1 1/2 bath
  • Monthly Stipend that varies depending on experience
  • Farm Produce and other provisions that are often bartered for between farms (eggs, milk, bread)
  • Consulting for one year post internship
  • Possible end of season bonus

Part Time Position- We have two openings for part-time intern positions for 2013.  We are looking for folks who are interested in a part time position on the farm with work loads varying between 20 and 25 hours per week.  A strong desire to learn and physical labor experience are a plus.
Benefits for our part time positions include:

  • Monthly stipend that varied depending on experience
  • Farm Produce and other provisions that are often bartered for between farms (eggs, milk, bread)
  • Possible end of season bonus
  • Hours that will allow for off farm employment

Other benefits incurred by choosing to intern at Native Hill include our location close to Fort Collins and to mountain activities.  We boast a fabulous culture of bikes and beer and for good reason.  The farm is located just 1 mile from the nearest bike path and from there it is only a 10-15 minute ride into town.  Fort Collins is the self proclaimed microbrewery capital of the U.S.  If you can't find a preferred locally brewed beverage here, you probably don't like beer.  The farm is located 15 minutes from the mouth of the Cache La Poudre canyon which has world class boating, excellent hiking trails, and great sport climbing.  It is also within a 10 minute drive to both State, County, and City run parks that offer great bouldering, mountain biking, and trail running.   Just make sure you bring your sunscreen and your wide-brimmed hat as we have over 300 days of sunshine here!
If you are interested in an internship, please visit our website to get an more information about our farm and an application.

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