Our internship program is a great way to enmesh yourself into the community and participate in diverse projects. We are looking for self motivated people eager to learn. Interns eat all meals with the community sharing the cooking and cleaning responsibilities. Essentially it is their home for as long as they are here. The community expects the individual to put at least four days of work a week in on the land. Two of those days will be dictated by the community (generally a group project). The other two days will be self-directed on the condition that the community supports the enterprise. Possible projects are endless. We have had people interested in compost tea, mushroom cultivation, charcoal production for a carbon sink and terra preta, earthen plasters, building woodworking tools such as a shavehorse and a kick lathe and forest gardening. It is also perfectly acceptable for the intern to work with community members on their projects throughout their stay.
Priorities for 2011 include; plant propagation (grafting and cuttings), intensive grazing of milk cows, horses and sheep, erecting fences for the livestock, planting - lots of planting, evolution of our aquaculture system, fluffing past plantings, annual gardening, perhaps an earth oven and all sorts of other interesting things that come up. We feel like internships of this kind are the best way to become grounded in real life skills and a holistic/systems epistemology. Think of it as the new age university without the debt.
The worktrader is expected to pay for half the cost of consumables (food, toilet paper est.) with the community covering the other half. We eat all organic and mostly off the land. We as a community will attempt to facilitate the worktrader in their passions. We hope to create an environment of creativity and productivity.
Please go to thedraw.org for further information and our location. We are looking for committed individuals or couples only.