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Nonprofit Garden / Mini Farm Seeks one Full Season Intern late March / early April – October 2020 and Summer Interns. We are looking for highly motivated & committed interns to assist in the daily & ever changing needs of our nonprofit garden project. Root Cause Farm, started 12 years ago as The Lord’s Acre and continues to be a nonprofit donation, educational and community-building garden. Our goal is to understand and address the many types of hunger by seeking ways of building community around gardening and food. We are intentional and hard-working, passionate about doing and improving our work, yet flexible and fun-loving and are looking for the same in our interns. In exchange for approximately 26+ hours of weekly work growing and distributing food, we offer an $800 / monthly stipend, organic produce, a quality education, field trips, community outreach and immersion in a wonderful small community near Asheville. We have six acres of land with one acre under production. You can learn more about our work, our philosophy and our story at our website and by checking us out on Facebook or Instagram. If you would like an application please email: programs@rootcausefarm.org Applications due Friday February 28th.
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We do not sell produce but people can find our produce at the Fairview Welcome Table, Food for Fairview pantry, the Fairview Share Market, Green Opportunities lunches, and Bounty & Soul.

Our work schedule…

We offer both internships and volunteer positions on our farm. Our season-long apprenticeships generally run from March 25th (date flexible) to October 31st (date flexible). We work Monday thru Friday from roughly 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Wednesday evenings 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., and will occasionally work a few hours on a weekend.
 

Compensation offered…

We offer interns private, new but rustic bunk houses on site, a $400 per month stipend, hands-on and academic education, and produce from the garden.
 

Our farm is a somewhat active member of the CRAFT network.

Our location…

Near by there are mountains, lakes, hiking, bouldering, mountain biking, camping, etc. Our farm is considered “rural” but is only 15 minutes from Asheville.

What we're looking for...

We ask that internship applicants possess the ability to work physically while bending over (to accomplish tasks such as digging, tilthing, hoeing etc.). They should also have enough savings to stay the full term (March thru October), and their own insurance and transportation. We love to work with those who are self-starters and good at looking for what needs to be done next. The ability to work well with others and listen to others viewpoints is necessary, as well as having good communication skills. Apprentices should be eager to work towards true solutions to hunger and community issues.

To inquire about internship opportunities, please contact Susan Sides (farm owner) by email between November and March or visit our website for further information.

About working at The Lord’s Acre…

“This place inspired me to pursue farming as a full time career. Being a part of the community is itself a wonderful experience It is something rare in today's world where a diverse group of people come together to work for the benefit of others.

- Mike, apprentice for 3 years

"At The Lord's Acre, an apprentice can expect to learn a lot about gardening, but also be engaged and challenged in community building. I would recommend this apprenticeship for those who are looking for a real learning experience and are ready to be socially invested in this wonderful community of folks."

- Former Lord's Acre apprentice

"The Lord's Acre was a wonderful place to spend my summer and I felt that even though going in with relatively little experience I learned so much and was guided so I never felt out of depth. It is a very close knit community, so not for people who just want something for their resume but for those who care about their work. I was a volunteer, so not compensated monetarily, though I did feel the education I received during the course of the summer was more than equal to the amount of work I put in."

- Claire, apprentice during the summer of 2013

"Susan Sides is an excellent farmer, teacher, mentor and community member/organizer. At The Lord's Acre apprentices have the opportunity to learn all the necessary farming skills. Additionally, there are opportunities for learning about community food systems and network with those who are working together to address hunger and food insecurity. The garden is beautiful - a healthy and healing place to work and learn."

- Leah, former apprentice

Individuals and families can join us any Wednesday night between 6 and 8 p.m. during the growing season for regular volunteer nights. Find out about all current offerings on our website, or schedule a group visit by contacting us via email. We host a spring square dance fundraiser in late May and sometimes other events throughout the year.

About purchasing from The Lord’s Acre…

"Fresh, high quality produce, organically grown. The Lord's Acre has a high commitment to sustainability and improving the land."

- Ellen, customer

About working at The Lord’s Acre…

“This place inspired me to pursue farming as a full time career. Being a part of the community is itself a wonderful experience. It is something rare in today's world where a diverse group of people come together to work for the benefit of others.”

- Mike, former apprentice

"At The Lord's Acre, an apprentice can expect to learn a lot about gardening, but also be engaged and challenged in community building. I would recommend this apprenticeship for those who are looking for a real learning experience and are ready to be socially invested in this wonderful community of folks."

- Former Lord's Acre Apprentice

"The Lord's Acre was a wonderful place to spend my summer and I felt that even though going in with relatively little experience I learned so much and was guided so I never felt out of depth. It is a very close knit community, so not for people who just want something for their resume but for those who care about their work. I was a volunteer, so not compensated monetarily, though I did feel the education I received during the course of the summer was more than equal to the amount of work I put in."

- Claire, apprentice during the summer of 2013

"Susan Sides is an excellent farmer, teacher, mentor and community member/organizer. At The Lord's Acre apprentices have the opportunity to learn all the necessary farming skills. Additionally, there are opportunities for learning about community food systems and network with those who are working together to address hunger and food insecurity. The garden is beautiful - a healthy and healing place to work and learn."

- Leah, former apprentice


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