Attention: We are not currently accepting interns for the 2013 season. We will begin to look for 2014 interns sometime around the new year. Please hold off on submitting an applications and sending inquiries until we update for our 2014 season, which should be sometime in December or January. There are also some changes afoot for next year, so some of the info here may be irrelevant. Thank you for your interest and have a great winter season!
Who we are
We are new Agrarians comprised of Family, Friends, and Interns building a self sufficient farm and community in secluded northern New Mexico on a beautiful 900 acre ranch.
We raise various vegetables in our ½ acre garden and two petite greenhouses. We also raise a large herd of Goats (Dairy, Meat, and Cashmere), a few Cows (Beef and Dairy), One adorable Yak, Laying hens, Heritage Hogs, and also have an abundance of Dogs and Cats, as well as a pair of friendly horses.
Our main focus is to have a good time producing food for our selves with our animals and gardens, using sustainable and holistic methods. We produce our own Milk, Eggs, Veggies, and Meat, preserving our harvest to last us until the next harvest. We also make our own bread, pasta, crusts, crackers, tortillas and just about everything else we eat. Additionally we always have some building projects utilizing low-cost/no-cost building methods.
Beyond producing food for ourselves, we also find that it is necessary to generate income from ranch made and grown products, so that we can pay pesky things like taxes and be able to buy things we're not able to produce, like hay and rice for instance. A few of us create products that we offer for sale, including Glass art, and Weavings among other things.
Whom we are looking for
No previous farm experience is necessary but we really appreciate those genuinely committed to learning about what we have to offer as well as committed to helping make this place even better.
Being self motivated, enthusiastic, fun, and observant is crucial and It's also nice to have someone that can not only help out with farm chores but will also take initiative to sweep the floor, pitch in with cooking, or fix things that obviously need fixing. Being able to work by yourself and find things to do is really helpful too.
We also want you to be learning, growing, & having fun during your stay!
Length of Stay
March through November.
Minimum: Three weeks. Longer commitment preferred.
Extreme Cow Milking
Expect to work 35 hours a week. With the work schedule being fairly flexible and you are encouraged to take time off to go explore and have fun.
Work includes but is not limited to:
General garden work; digging, weeding, watering, soil prep, compost building, hoeing, mulching, shoveling, harvesting.
Animal care; Mucking out barns, watering, feeding, moving hay, moving fences, building fences, socializing baby goats, herding goats, milking goats/cows.
Household duties; cleaning, washing dishes, cooking, preserving foods.
Additionally; Firewood cutting, gathering, splitting, stacking. Sage removal. General construction and maintenance jobs. Brain storming and problem solving. Harvesting Pinon nuts (Fall).
We suggest that you bring work gloves, barn boots/shoes, work cloths for warm and cold weather, and a sun hat. We do have a lot of loaner work clothes as well but an entire pair of work gloves can be hard to come by around here.
Part of the 2011 Garden
Education and training
We are new and growing farmers ourselves but do feel we have something to offer as far as micro scale farming, goat husbandry, and self sufficient style living and we do love to teach and help in any way we can.
We do lack knowledge on growing for resale but we are gearing towards such ventures, so that would be a learn with us opportunity or if you have mad veggie marketing skills, you could teach us.
We also have quite a few relevant books at your disposal as well as access to internet. We try to pay attention to any farm tours, workshops and other goings on and would encourage you to attend if you so desired.
We offer room, board and education in exchange for work. With no stipend available at this time.
Life on the farm
We have shared modular housing, buses, and various other shelter depending on availability and season. Communal building for eating, socializing, and gathering. Access to indoor plumbing and hot water in main building.
Currently our residents are made up of family, friends and interns with anywhere from four to ten people living here at any given time. Most meals are up to you to prepare using whatever you can find in the kitchen. We do eat a meal (or more) together everyday, taking turns cooking.
Our diet depends greatly on the season, in the summer lots of fresh produce from the garden and in the winter its a lot of starches and meats. We make all meals from scratch and we bake all of our own breads. Everything available from the pantry is very basic staples/ingredients (Flour, rice, beans, cheese, milk, eggs, etc).
If you have to have a special food we don't have then you'll need to provide it for yourself. Fresh fruit is not always in the budget. Vegetarians should do fine, and we can cater somewhat to your needs. Vegans would have a very hard time out here.
Cooking, cleaning and washing dishes is expected from all residents.
We love to take recreational trips to the mountains and cities when we can. There is lots of beautiful hiking and outdoor activities to be found within reach but keep in mind that we are very far from any cities (two hour drive one way to Santa Fe or Albuquerque) with the nearest town of Cuba being about an hours drive one way and its not very exciting but does have a tiny grocery store. Having your own car is not necessary but can certainly be nice to have.
Transportation is probably available from Albuquerque, but it is very helpful if you can make your way to Cuba via the 'Sandoval easy express” which is a great low cost rural bus.
Both children and Pets are on a case to case basis. We don't like baby-sitting for negligent parents or pet owners. No dogs.
We speak English, but are happy to host non-English speaking people as a cultural exchange.
To apply for a position as an intern, please fill out our application