La Buena Vida Farm is currently accepting applications for interns/WWOOFers for the 2017 growing season.
Who were looking for
We are looking for people (individuals, couples, small families) with a sincere interest in agriculture and homesteading. Applicants should be responsible, motivated, hardworking, communicative and committed. Farming is hard physical, dirty work. It requires fit people with good attitudes and a desire to learn. Our growing season temperatures range from the low teens and windy to highs near 105, we work outdoors throughout these conditions.
Our farm is off grid with limited power and Internet service. The internet and power goes off at about 9pm. Applicants will need to be able to adjust to living a simpler life. Often times there is no cellular coverage for your phones.
During markets, we need people who have a pleasant demeanor and can communicate about naturally grown produce and farm practices.
Please remember, no smoking, no drugs! We accept very limited alcohol use on your off time. This is a family friendly environment…and our home.
Work expectations are a solid 6 hours a day 6 days a week. This is in addition to basic community duties such as cleaning up after meals, dishes and keeping areas clean and tidy. Some of your work will be managed and some will be self-directed. Applicants must be in good physical condition and willing to work with children on some tasks. Physical tasks will include repetitive bending, standing and walking. Operating a successful farm requires a lot of hard work, a lot of it is repeative and mundane. You must be willing to push yourself and be an asset to our farm.
Farming work includes: bed preparation, weeding, watering, mulching, seeding, note taking, harvesting, washing, packing, composting, using frost covers and seed saving.
Propagation house management: make seedling trays, labeling trays, keeping records, watering seedlings, cleaning and organizing prop house.
Market work includes: setting up tents, tables, merchandising, selling, and being a good farm diplomat.
Animal work includes: feeding, watering, cleaning up manure, hay loading, egg management and general animal husbandry.
Interns will learn about crop management, rotations, composting, irrigating, fertility management, cold frame management, plant propagation, farm repairs, animal husbandry and farm management.
We hope to set interns up to one-day run their own operations. It is our desire that you learn as much as you can during your time at our farm. If there are specialized skills that you want to learn about, please let us know so we can make arrangements.
What to expect
Generally, you can expect to learn a lot, work hard, and have a good time. We will do our best to facilitate your farming education. Farming is not set in stone, we continue to learn something new every season and from every intern. We like to experiment with new ideas, so we can all learn together.
Our overall farm infrastructure is not yet completed. In 2016, we hope to develop 5 acres of water catchments earth works and a few outdoor relaxing spaces.
During free time, our farm is adjacent to the Chiricahua Mountains. These provide camping, biking and amazing hiking opportunities. Our nearest town is Douglas and Bisbee with interesting old west historical stories.
We prefer internships of three months, after a two-week intensive trial period. We hope this will ensure that your internship is a great fit for you and the farm. Farming is no joke, please truly consider what you are willing to give of yourself before you apply. Paid work (a small weekly stipend) may be available for those who have completed a 3-month internship. Internships will begin on February 1st, 2016.
WWOOF opportunities: We encourage WWOOFer applicants who may want to stay on short term work exchanges. Just contact us and let us know what you have in mind.
What we provide
We have a common kitchen/dining area for you to use. There is a flushing outhouse and shared shower. Housing is a half-height sleeping loft, casita, campsite or you are welcome to bring your own tiny house/RV and we will provide water hookup.
We provide ample staple foods such as, grains, beans, sugar, flour, coffee, tea and farm products when available. We generally eat a community meal together at lunch on most workdays, otherwise you are welcome to use the community kitchen to prepare your own meals.