We don’t talk about change. We live it.
The best way to get involved is to spend time on the farm, to get a better feel for how we might best help each other. We have several outlets to facilitate a mutually beneficial exchange of time and energy from our guest, for the rich experience, learning, food, and a bed or place to pitch a tent. We are currently seeking long term help for the 2017 season, and beyond. .
The following sections describe what to expect on the farm as far as conditions, accommodations, and work. I hope you find the information helpful in making a decision regarding a stay with us!
An abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables are available for everyone’s consumption on the land, with respect to preserving plans. We have a wide variety of canned goods from last year’s bounty, and a root cellar that provides staples that are out of season. We take turns cooking for the group, so you aren’t required to cook for yourself.
Full running time we can currently facilitate is approximately 3/20 through 11/21, but only six months are required for completion of the program.
Much of what you learn will be through hands on experience at our off-grid homestead. We have three full time members of Hidden Grove on site to guide you until we are mutually comfortable with your skill level in any particular area.
Planning an annual garden: selecting genetics, spacing and layout, timing for planting, harvest and preservation, sizing harvest, seed saving, pests and nature.
Annual Gardening: seed starting and transplanting, gardening by the moon cycles, planting, weeding, no-til mulch bed vs tilled, mulching, harvesting, observation and testing, controlling pests, and putting a garden to rest.
Food forest planning: selecting genetics, location, observation and testing, layout, guilding, sheet mulching, mulch selection/sourcing, wild habitat and loss.
Permaculture practice: sheet mulching, planting perennials, planting guilds, selective weeding, watering, fencing, and swails.
Resource and Waste Management: building materials, composting, water; capturing, filtering, storing, conserving, and wetlands.
Construction: proper tool use and care, basic carpentry, earthen plaster, using reclaimed wood
Running a homestead kitchen: cooking with fire, using what’s abundant, food preservation; canning, dehydrating, fermentation of drink and food
Misc: event planning/celebrations, systems building and infrastructure, gift economy, community living, wild plant identification, foraging, coordinating homestead work, navigating a 13 moon Almanac, renewable energy used on the farm
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following:
A description of why this is important to you and what you might do to optimize the opportunity.
*Length and dates of requested stay(dates can be approximate)
*Best way to contact you
*Mode of transportation
*How you heard about the program
*Three references; name, relationship to you, phone number, and email
Emergency contact; name, relationship to you, phone number
Do you have any;
*skill/experience in areas mentioned
*specific areas of interest
*medical conditions that would prevent you from completing required work load
*special requests/things you refuse to do
*questions, comments, or concerns
Thank you for taking the time to review our apprenticeship program. I hope we can be of mutual help to each other for years to come, and I look forward to reviewing your application, if you should choose to apply.