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Goldfinch Gardens is a three acre production vegetable farm in Celo, NC. In operation since 2007, we grow specialty vegetables for the high-end restaurants of Asheville and the surrounding area. In addition, we operate an online CSA to get our produce onto the plates of our neighbors. Using three greenhouses, we are able to grow and market from March thru December or longer, weather permitting. We also have some cows that we raise which we rotationally graze. We strive for personal health, soil health, animal health in all that we do. Our farm's labor is provided by Cedar (full time), Ben (part time), a part-time harvest helper, and one or two apprentices a season as well as a regular crew of volunteer work traders. Our products are available through our online CSA. Members order online and pick-up from the food co-op in Celo. In addition, our produce can be found at Haywood Common, Cucina 24 in Asheville, The Admiral in Asheville, and Mountain Air Country Club in Burnsville. In our quest for soil health we are switching to no-till methods. Learn techniques for intensive, small scale farming without a heavy reliance on tractors.

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Our products are available through our online CSA. Members order online and pick-up from the food co-op in Celo. In addition, our produce can be found at Haywood Common, Cucina 24 in Asheville, The Admiral in Asheville, and Mountain Air Country Club in Burnsville.

About purchasing from Goldfinch…

“Being able to go online each week and order what needed is a real plus, I prefer this over the standard CSA box option. Also Ben and Cedar wash everything so it is ready to use right out of the bag - so important for me as a busy business owner and parent who is trying to feed my family healthy meals every day with a variety of plants. The seasonal variety is amazing from mushrooms, greens, berries, to roots, eggs, and lamb! Pick up is easy and dependable.

- Kelly, market share member

Our work schedule…

Our work week is organized around 2 harvest days, Tuesday and Friday. We work 5 days a week, with a 42-44 hour work week. Since we don't sell at farmers market, weekends are free, although we strongly encourage interns to participate in CRAFT events that happen on a weekend day, once a month. Apprentices can start in March or April and stay through October.

Compensation offered…

Stipend: We provide a stipend of $125/week per individual. We withhold taxes from the stipend. We have liability insurance on the farm that covers interns while they are here if there were to be an accident, although personal medical insurance is recommended for obvious reasons.

Housing: Apprentices live in a nice straw bale cabin with loft, bathroom, kitchen, water and electricity. There is a queen bed in the loft and a deck. The cabin itself is very sunny and warm. There is Wi-Fi in the cabin, and limited cell phone reception. Due to the small size of the cabin, no pets or children please. The cabin is well set up for a couple but would be a challenge for two people who were not accustomed to sharing a bed.

Educational opportunities: As previous interns ourselves, we highly value the educational component. We will do our best to help you explore your areas of interest as well as covering all the basics. We are active members of the regional CRAFT program that provides farm tours and potlucks with other farms in the area once a month. We conduct informal classes periodically on subjects of interest to you. We also have a large library of agricultural related books for your reading. If you have a particular interest, there is room to explore that.

Food: We don't regularly share meals. The kitchen in the cabin is equipped with an oven and fridge. Unlimited produce is available as well as eggs from our flock, milk from our shared cow if you take a milking shift, and some limited meat if desired. There is a food co-op in walking distance of the farm for bulk/natural foods.

Our location…

Our farm is in a beautiful part of the world. There are lots of hiking opportunities right out the back door in our community. In addition, we are surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest and nearby to Mt. Mitchell State Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. We border the South Toe River where one can find relief during the hot days of summer or relaxation and fishing during the evening.

What we're looking for…

While we live in a walk-able community with many social events, we do require interns to have a personal vehicle. We prefer those who have had some vegetable growing experience in the past, and are looking to take their knowledge to the next level, especially regarding commercial production. We are also open to very motivated, hardworking beginners.

To inquire about employment opportunities, please contact Ben & Cedar (farm owners/operators) by email between December and March or visit our website for further information. See photos of the farm on instagram @goldfinchgardens_celo

About working at Goldfinch…

“Ben and Cedar sell high-quality produce, and in turn have high expectations for their workers. Both farmers are excellent leaders, always willing to explain tasks thoroughly and teach how to use certain implements. However, they won’t push you towards a task that involves using a tool or machine that you are uncomfortable with. They are open and direct about their expectations throughout the day, week, and season. The internship can have an educational component as well. I received a few lessons in QuickBooks and budgeting. As I gained more experience on the farm, I was able to make my own weekly task list to compare with Ben and Cedar’s. Ben and Cedar value the work that their interns do, and value their well-being. There are a few aspects of the internship that should be considered. Celo has little to no cell service. An adequate cell signal is a 10 minute drive away in Micaville. The closest grocery store is in Burnsville, about 15 minutes away. It is necessary to have your own vehicle for this living and working situation.

- Hannah, apprentice for 2 years

"Goldfinch is an amazing operation run by amazing people. Ben and Cedar are conscientious and diligent farmers, and their produce reflects that. They are very good communicators, take time to reflect when things go wrong, and help support a happy and healthy community, family, and employee base. I couldn't recommend their food (or their company!) highly enough."

- Sera, worktrade volunteer & customer

Our farm is not open to the public.

About purchasing from Goldfinch…

 

“Being able to go online each week and order what needed is a real plus, I prefer this over the standard CSA box option. Also Ben and Cedar wash everything so it is ready to use right out of the bag - so important for me as a busy business owner and parent who is trying to feed my family healthy meals every day with a variety of plants. The seasonal variety is amazing from mushrooms, greens, berries, to roots, eggs, and lamb! Pick up is easy and dependable.

- Kelly, market share member

"Goldfinch is an amazing operation run by amazing people. Ben and Cedar are conscientious and diligent farmers, and their produce reflects that. They are very good communicators, take time to reflect when things go wrong, and help support a happy and healthy community, family, and employee base. I couldn't recommend their food (or their company!) highly enough."

- Sera, worktrade volunteer & customer

About working at Goldfinch…

“Ben and Cedar sell high-quality produce, and in turn have high expectations for their workers. Both farmers are excellent leaders, always willing to explain tasks thoroughly and teach how to use certain implements. However, they won’t push you towards a task that involves using a tool or machine that you are uncomfortable with. They are open and direct about their expectations throughout the day, week, and season. The internship can have an educational component as well. I received a few lessons in QuickBooks and budgeting. As I gained more experience on the farm, I was able to make my own weekly task list to compare with Ben and Cedar’s. Ben and Cedar value the work that their interns do, and value their well-being. There are a few aspects of the internship that should be considered. Celo has little to no cell service. An adequate cell signal is a 10 minute drive away in Micaville. The closest grocery store is in Burnsville, about 15 minutes away. It is necessary to have your own vehicle for this living and working situation.

- Hannah, apprentice for 2 years


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