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Barefoot Farm is a two-acre nonprofit organic farm adjacent to the Big Ivy section of Pisgah National Forest. We grow fresh organic produce for low-income families and communities in need. Our produce is distributed by Bounty and Soul, a nonprofit based here in Western North Carolina.

We have an acre of vegetable gardens, where we grow potatoes, tomatoes, greens, and other food staples. The produce is distributed at free farmers' markets or donated to communities and nutrition education programs.

In addition, we milk Saanen dairy goats, raise chickens and honeybees, and manage 300 shiitake mushroom logs. We also manage a few dozen fruit trees and a quarter-acre of raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and grapes.

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Our produce is distributed by Bounty and Soul, a nonprofit based here in Western North Carolina.

About partnering with Barefoot Farm...

"It is an absolute privilege and great experience to work with Barefoot Farms. They are so committed to the work they do -- growing beautiful food to nourish those that would not otherwise be able to afford it. Amy, the garden manager was a delight to work with. Her passion and knowledge of farming was so evident in all she did as well as her love of people and providing for those less fortunate. I am so grateful for the relationship we have with Barefoot Farms as we could not do our work without their generosity, compassion and commitment."

- Amy, Program Director at Bounty and Soul

Our work schedule…

Our farm apprenticeship lasts from mid-March to mid-September of each year. We ask 20 hours of farm work each week. Scheduling of hours is flexible and determined by the apprentice. In exchange, we provide free room and utilities (including high-speed wireless internet) in a two story cottage with a wraparound porch overlooking a creek. The private cottage includes a full kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom.

Compensation offered...

This is a work-trade. No hourly wages are paid. However, apprentices receive free room and utilities, and also receives as much free farm produce, fresh milk, eggs, honey, and other farm products.

Our location...

Our farm is adjacent to the trails and waterfalls of Pisgah National Forest. From our doorstep, you can hike to Douglas Falls, Walker Falls, and dozens of swimming holes amid old-growth forests, all in the shadow of Mount Mitchell, the highest mountain in the East. Over 40 miles of hiking and biking trails are directly across the creek. Our farm is surrounded on three sides by national forest and provides an ideal setting for outdoor adventure.

What we're looking for...

Applicants will probably want their own transportation, but it is not necessary. This is a unique opportunityto manage and run a farm and help families in need.

To inquire about employment opportunities, please contact us by phone during the day or evening, or visit our website for further information.

This farm has reported that they have already hired someone through Apprentice Link for the 2017 growing season. Please check back winter 2017 for next years' opportunities.

About working for Barefoot Farm...

“Barefoot Farm is a beautiful, magical place that I've loved working at. There's a little bit of everything here; it’s a great place to practice skills you know and pick up some new ones. The housing by far surpasses anything else you'll find as a farm worker or apprentice. It's a beautiful rustic cabin with huge windows overlooking a creek and your backyard is Big Ivy. Even the neighbors have become some of my best friends in the world. I came to Barefoot with 3 years of farming experience and was able to really build on my skills. This is an ideal farm for a somewhat experienced grower, but I wouldn't recommend it to newbies. The farmer owners are kind and generous, but live very busy off-farm lives, which requires the apprentice to be a self-starter. No hand holding or supervision here, which for me was ideal. Also, the farm is a non-profit, which means you get to work with another incredible non-profit called Bounty and Soul. They are an amazing team and absolutely wonderful to work with. It's been such a joy growing food for them.”

- Amy, 2016 apprentice

"The farm owners are lovely kind people. The opportunity to learn is largely based on existing skill sets and ability to self-learn/learn from your own mistakes. Know what kind of farm management practices you're interested in so that you can discuss mutual expectations and contribute ideas. You need to be self-guided. The place is a little piece of heaven."

- Former apprentice

“The farm itself is a slice of paradise, and [the owners] are amazing humans. The work is very flexible and fairly self-directed. Because Will is super busy his management style can be fairly hands off, making this is the ideal situation for someone with energy and curiosity. Will is really open to new ideas about what to try on the farm, and while you're encouraged to feel a sense of pride and ownership in the work you do, it's also a low stress environment that gives you time to explore all the local resources for environmental education. It's got a little bit of everything, so work will range from mushroom cultivation to planting/harvesting potatoes to mulching, pruning orchards and berry vines, feeding animals and milking goats, making jam and pesto, to all the other endless things that make up the rhythm of small farm life. I still dream about this place.

- Amy, former apprentice

We offer field trips, farm tours, and educational workshops for elementary schools, middle schools, and adults.

About partnering with Barefoot Farm...

"It is an absolute privilege and great experience to work with Barefoot Farms. They are so committed to the work they do -- growing beautiful food to nourish those that would not otherwise be able to afford it. Amy, the garden manager was a delight to work with. Her passion and knowledge of farming was so evident in all she did as well as her love of people and providing for those less fortunate. I am so grateful for the relationship we have with Barefoot Farms as we could not do our work without their generosity, compassion and commitment."

- Amy, Program Director at Bounty and Soul

About partnering with Barefoot Farm...

"It is an absolute privilege and great experience to work with Barefoot Farms. They are so committed to the work they do -- growing beautiful food to nourish those that would not otherwise be able to afford it. Amy, the garden manager was a delight to work with. Her passion and knowledge of farming was so evident in all she did as well as her love of people and providing for those less fortunate. I am so grateful for the relationship we have with Barefoot Farms as we could not do our work without their generosity, compassion and commitment."

- Amy, Program Director at Bounty and Soul

About working for Barefoot Farm...

“Barefoot Farm is a beautiful, magical place that I've loved working at. There's a little bit of everything here; it’s a great place to practice skills you know and pick up some new ones. The housing by far surpasses anything else you'll find as a farm worker or apprentice. It's a beautiful rustic cabin with huge windows overlooking a creek and your backyard is Big Ivy. Even the neighbors have become some of my best friends in the world. I came to Barefoot with 3 years of farming experience and was able to really build on my skills. This is an ideal farm for a somewhat experienced grower, but I wouldn't recommend it to newbies. The farmer owners are kind and generous, but live very busy off-farm lives, which requires the apprentice to be a self-starter. No hand holding or supervision here, which for me was ideal. Also, the farm is a non-profit, which means you get to work with another incredible non-profit called Bounty and Soul. They are an amazing team and absolutely wonderful to work with. It's been such a joy growing food for them.”

- Amy, 2016 apprentice

"The farm owners are lovely kind people. The opportunity to learn is largely based on existing skill sets and ability to self-learn/learn from your own mistakes. Know what kind of farm management practices you're interested in so that you can discuss mutual expectations and contribute ideas. You need to be self-guided. The place is a little piece of heaven."

- Former apprentice

“The farm itself is a slice of paradise, and [the owners] are amazing humans. The work is very flexible and fairly self-directed. Because Will is super busy his management style can be fairly hands off, making this is the ideal situation for someone with energy and curiosity. Will is really open to new ideas about what to try on the farm, and while you're encouraged to feel a sense of pride and ownership in the work you do, it's also a low stress environment that gives you time to explore all the local resources for environmental education. It's got a little bit of everything, so work will range from mushroom cultivation to planting/harvesting potatoes to mulching, pruning orchards and berry vines, feeding animals and milking goats, making jam and pesto, to all the other endless things that make up the rhythm of small farm life. I still dream about this place.

- Amy, former apprentice


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