meadowlark hearth internships
in vegetable seed growing and grass based dairying.
We are a 492 acre certified organic and Demeter certified Biodynamic farm in Scottsbluff Nebraska located in western Nebraska, on the North Platte river along the Oregon Trail.. We do intensive horticultural production on 5 acres with a focus on vegetable seed production integrated into a CSA/Market vegetable garden. We have a raw milk dairy with intensive grazing for a small herd of Ayrshire/Shorthorn cows.
Farmers/Instructors: Lawrence and Ursula Holmes, biodynamic and organic farmers for over 30 years each in Germany, Colorado and now Nebraska. Beth and Nathan Corymb, biodynamic and organic farmers for over 30 years each trained in vegetable seed production and founders of Turtle Tree Biodynamic Seed Initiative.
Seed growing apprenticeship March through November 2013 (with option to stay until 3rd week in December to learn seed cleaning and testing). Activities include field preparation, cultivation growing, harvesting, threshing, cleaning, testing and packing seed for sale, as well as vegetable production and distribution through our CSA and farmers market. There is also the possibility of a four month autumn internship focusing on harvesting, cleaning, testing and distributing seed from September through the 3rd week in December
Dairying Apprenticeship March to August 2013. Includes milking, processing, animal care and handling, and intensive pasture management with master farmers Lawrence and Ursula Holmes. They will leave Meadowlark Hearth in September, and we are looking for an apprentice for this position who will then take on the dairy through the 2014 season.
Ursula is also a master teacher of cooking and putting food by, especially fermented vegetables and sourdough bread making.
Housing for long term interns is in one of the 2 farm modest houses. Meals are shared in a community setting.
2013 Short term positions in the summer available for dedicated student willing to tent
We do a weekly study together of various Biodynamic farm and garden literature, and we are interested in building agricultural communities. We especially welcome agriculturalists who have experience and want to work together with a group of farmers to further their study and practice of biodynamics.
Interested applicants please send short bio, references, resume, reasons for your interest and goals regarding agriculture to [email protected] and call to let us know that you have sent it. 308-631-5877. Email or call for questions or more information. website: meadowlarkhearth.org