There is both an Internship and an Apprenticeship Program available.
Here at Eagle Feather we are continually growing and learning from the land and the large number of people who visit each year. Our hope is that you will come here and learn through experience as well as contribute to our overall evolution. Here are some answers to often asked questions:
How long is the Internship program and when does it begin?
The program can last as long as we both decide. We are looking for someone to contribute 35 hours a week, Monday - Friday (weekend hours for festivals). We mainly need help in the spring and autumn, but some part-time help is needed in the summer. The summer is usually a time for herb festivals and herb conferences.
What are we looking for in an intern?
Someone with basic gardening skills. Someone who is a self-starter. Organic experience is a plus. Ability to handle rustic living conditions.
What will I spend my time doing?
YOU WILL BE WORKING ON A FARM.
In the Spring there is the preparing of the beds and the starting of the seeds. There is the inventorying, seed and root packaging, labelling. General getting things going again after the winter. The Summer is more the time of getting ready for festivals and gatherings. Basically maintaining the garden systems. Composting, roads, and paths all need maintenance and repair and weeds must be removed. Lots of plant identification and some harvesting. In the Autumn it is harvest time. Drying plants, medicine making, plant processing, harvesting the Autumn crop. Preparing the beds for winter. Winter is the time of rest and introspection. No interns are needed over the winter. In the evenings you will have time to study.
Will I be able to attend the growing school?
Yes, you will be offered a work study position for each of the classes offered by Southern Appalachian School of Growing Medicinal Plants that are available during the time you are in residence.
What about room and board?
There is inside living at the Hermitage and a farm apartment in the processing center, if available. There is also a camping platform and camping spots for interns. Apprentices live off-site, while interns stay on-site. Interns and Farm Workers share an outdoor kitchen space during spring to fall months. One communal meal may be provided to visitors and guests. One meal per day is provided to Interns. Wireless Internet is now available. Please read the Eagle Feather Farm Guest Agreement.
Are meals provided to Farm Workers?
Farm Workers will be provided with a kitchen, but no microwave or oven. We will share one meal a week together, but food will not be provided on the other days. We have the opportunity to easily attain food stamps, and I am more than willing to help with that process, provided you stick to supporting the organic food movement. Our farm focuses on medicinal herbs, which is why I cannot provide daily food, although all kinds of tea are abundant. More details documenting the roles of Interns, Workers, and Volunteers can be found on the Guest Agreement.
Will there be a stipend for the Internship?
Yes. The amount depends on experience which is established after the first week of work. We are currently paying Interns $150/month or $12/hour for specific assignments, generally off the farm. Volunteer work has no stipend. Farm Workers are provided accommodation in exchange for work. There is the possibility for extra income at certain times during the year, separate from the Farm Workers role.
What is the purpose of the Apprenticeship Program?
The purpose is to allow a person to start an herb business or partnership in an herb business in the Asheville area through a unique mentoring program with Robert Eidus. The time frame will depend on your area of interest, education and prior experience. The Apprenticeship program ends when the individual becomes an owner or part owner of a local herb company.
What are some benefits available to me?
In both the Intership and Apprenticeships programs, you will learn about medicinal herbs and farming through your first-hand work experience. There is the chance to meet and learn from many interesting visitors. Also there is a meditation space and the chance to attend some festivals and shows. For those interested in computers there is the chance to improve your skills.
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