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East Fork Farm is a forty acre family run farm that specializes in raising healthy meats using sustainable practices. On the farm, we have grassfed lamb, beef and pork, pastured poultry for meat and eggs, farm raised rabbits, pond raised trout, and have a gristmill to grind corn. We sell at the North Asheville Tailgate Market and at our farm store. We have been farming for twenty years and currently have two apprentice positions available for 2017.
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  • We offer duck, chicken, turkey, lamb, beef, and pork meat, as well as duck and chicken eggs.
  • We host workshops and farm tours, as well as renting event space and offering B&B services.
  • We sell at the North Asheville Tailgate Market and at our farm store.

    About purchasing from East Fork Farm...

    “We love this farm, purchase my eggs and meat on a regular basis -- best lamb, chicken and turkey!

    - Susan, customer

    "East Fork Farm represents not only many years of personal friendship to myself and my family, but produces some of the highest quality, responsibly raised products in WNC. I have been to East Fork Farm numerous times and witnessed the holistic care Stephen and Dawn apply to their land and livestock: clean water, healthy pasture and well tended animals. As a food writer, I have visited many local farms, and East Fork Farm is among the most thoroughly sustainable. Highly recommend, from freshly milled, heirloom grits and pastured lamb to heritage Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas goose. Must try!”

    - Rachel, customer and food writer

    Our work schedule…

    We are looking for one intern to start in February and a second to start in April with both positions continuing through November. Our general work week involves feeding and watering all the farm critters, processing poultry/rabbits/trout and packaging, pasture rotating animals (poultry, cows, sheep, pigs), fence mending, touring guests, cleaning barns, collecting eggs, attending tailgate market, corn operations (harvesting, shucking, shelling, grinding and packing), tending our garden, canning and cleaning cottages. We have a weekly farm tour with Asheville Farm To Table Tours and we host a couple of paid events on our farm each year.

    Compensation offered...

    Position includes housing and $500 a month stipend. Stipend increases $25 each month.

    Housing: We provide housing for our farm help in an apartment constructed in the top floor of our barn complete with a full kitchen, outdoor bathroom and privacy curtains around each bedroom. The living quarters are approximately 900 square feet.

    Food: Farm help is responsible for providing all of their own meals with access to large kitchen garden, stone-ground corn, meat seconds, and eggs. Bulk items that we purchase will also be available. For example; flour, rice, olive oil, salt, apples, etc. We offer a shared lunch and take turns cooking.
    Our farm is a very active member in the CRAFT network.

    Our location...

    We are in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina and only 30 minutes from Asheville and 20 minutes from Marshall. There is a ton of wonderful outdoor activities to participate in right near the farm like mountain biking, hiking and paddling.

    What we're looking for...

    We ask that all applicants be interested in farming, have the ability to work consistently on repetitive tasks, be in good physical and mental shape, enjoy physical labor and have a positive attitude. We hope that all farm help will be able to have fun and stay focused while working hard. Successful applicants will have former farming experience and the ability to take directions and show initiative.

    To inquire about employment opportunities, please contact us by phone during the day or by email between November and April or visit our website for further information.

    This farm has reported that they are no longer hiring for the 2017 growing season. Please check back winter 2017 for next years' opportunities.

    About working at East Fork Farm...

    “Really good people to work for and learn from. I will be leasing land to farm just a mile down the road if that tells you anything. One thing I wish I was more mentally prepared for was the agritourism involved with the rental cottages. If you don't like talking to people and can't stand to make a few beds then I'd be concerned.

    - Michael, former apprentice

    “Dawn and Stephen are wonderful teachers and take really good care of their apprentices. We learned about how to raise and manage poultry and livestock in a way that's only possible through daily chores on the farm and instruction and support from Dawn and Stephen. They were generous to make sure our educational goals were addressed and that our physical needs (food, compensation, etc.) were taken care of. In addition to the routine jobs of the farm (feeding, cleaning barns, poultry processing, etc.) Dawn and Stephen took care, when they could, to give us the jobs that were interesting and relevant to us as beginning farmers. Poultry processing is a major part of the apprenticeship, which I think is a useful, lifelong skill. Apprentices should know that housekeeping and guiding farm guests are also a part of the weekly chores at East Fork, with the rental cottages being significant to the life of the farm.”

    - Anna, former apprentice

    “Dawn and Steve are great mentors and amazing people to work for. East Fork Farm is a beautiful place to live and work. I highly recommend this apprenticeship to anyone looking to learn how to raise and process meat on a true family farm. I had an amazing year there, it really felt like home.”

    - Dan, former apprentice

    Our farm is open to our visiting cottage guests. We do not allow "drop-in" visitors, but do allow people to shop at our farm store, open daily. We have a weekly farm tour with Asheville Farm To Table Tours and we host a couple of paid events on our farm each year.

    About purchasing from East Fork Farm...

    “We love this farm, purchase my eggs and meat on a regular basis -- best lamb, chicken and turkey!

    - Susan, customer

    “East Fork Farm represents not only many years of personal friendship to myself and my family, but produces some of the highest quality, responsibly raised products in WNC. I have been to East Fork Farm numerous times and witnessed the holistic care Stephen and Dawn apply to their land and livestock: clean water, healthy pasture and well tended animals. As a food writer, I have visited many local farms, and East Fork Farm is among the most thoroughly sustainable. Highly recommend, from freshly milled, heirloom grits and pastured lamb to heritage Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas goose. Must try!”

    - Rachel, customer and food writer

    About working at East Fork Farm...

    “Really good people to work for and learn from. I will be leasing land to farm just a mile down the road if that tells you anything. One thing I wish I was more mentally prepared for was the agritourism involved with the rental cottages. If you don't like talking to people and can't stand to make a few beds then I'd be concerned.

    - Michael, former apprentice

    “Dawn and Stephen are wonderful teachers and take really good care of their apprentices. We learned about how to raise and manage poultry and livestock in a way that's only possible through daily chores on the farm and instruction and support from Dawn and Stephen. They were generous to make sure our educational goals were addressed and that our physical needs (food, compensation, etc.) were taken care of. In addition to the routine jobs of the farm (feeding, cleaning barns, poultry processing, etc.) Dawn and Stephen took care, when they could, to give us the jobs that were interesting and relevant to us as beginning farmers. Poultry processing is a major part of the apprenticeship, which I think is a useful, lifelong skill. Apprentices should know that housekeeping and guiding farm guests are also a part of the weekly chores at East Fork, with the rental cottages being significant to the life of the farm.”

    - Anna, former apprentice

    “Dawn and Steve are great mentors and amazing people to work for. East Fork Farm is a beautiful place to live and work. I highly recommend this apprenticeship to anyone looking to learn how to raise and process meat on a true family farm. I had an amazing year there, it really felt like home.”

    - Dan, former apprentice


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