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Holistic Farm Care Internship

Using our farm as an example, the intern will learn how various Permaculture systems interact with each other, such as holistic grazing, agrosilvopastoralism, and food forests. The intern will also work with numerous types of compost and natural fertilizer systems.

Learning Outcomes include:

◦ General animal care of chickens, donkeys and sheep including:
Paddock selection and preparation
Grazing rotation
General observation of animal’s health
Manure collection (donkeys)
Hoof trimming (sheep)
Assisting in shearing (sheep)
◦ Compost
◦ Food scrap management
◦ Vermiculture
◦ Humanure and dry compost toilets
◦ Animal compost
◦ Fertilizers and micro-organisms
◦ Planting nitrogen fixers
◦ Landscaping
◦ Food forest management and harvest
◦ Vineyard and wine production
◦ General farm maintenance

*Please be advised that learning outcomes are dependent on what is needed on the farm. VDL will do its best to accommodate the learning desires of the intern, however these learning outcomes are ultimately defined by the work which is needed to be done on the farm.

A Day in the Life of an Holistic Farm Care Intern

7:00AM Wake up and have some breakfast.
8:00AM Go to the tractor shed to meet up with your mentor.
Have a quick chat about the day’s work which is pruning in the vineyard, but first you head off to rotate the animals.
10:00AM A quick break for some food picked right from the food forest.
After the break you go to the vineyard and start pruning the vines.
12:00PM Head back to the Lama Village.
You’re not part of the Cooking Team today so you get your weekly chores done (cleaning out the common area of the interns).
12:45PM Have lunch with your fellow interns.
1:45PMish Clean your plates and tidy up the kitchen.
3:00PM Flexible time.
You mentor stops by and says that some of the sheep have runny noses and it’s starting to become a concern. He asks if you could spend the afternoon researching causes of the illness and possible remedies.
6:00PM Hang out in the Lama Village listening to your fellow interns discuss world issues.
7:00PM You’re on the Cooking Team, so you take care of dessert, making a pie with peaches you picked from the food forest.
8:00PM Dinner.
9:00PM Head to the fire pit with your guitar and the other interns for a Fireside.
11:00PM Go to bed.