The 52-acre farm has been in our family since 1890. I (Susan) am a retired attorney; my husband, Ira, is a retired software engineer. We have many cats, one white German Shepard, four Nigerian Dwarf goats, chickens and ducks.
We operate a certified organic farm, making most of our income from alfalfa hay. We have a half-acre garden producing fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. We are beginning to add a new enterprise, selling certified organic seeds on line.
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The best months to intern on our farm are June through September. Because we are certified organic, most of the help we require involves weed control.
Meal times are wonderful opportunities to share histories, experiences and stories. When there are appropriate field trips, we all go. We introduce our interns to our little town, with its monthly Chamber of Commerce meetings and annual celebration the second weekend in August. We provide an experience of rural US agriculture in beautiful country.
We have a non-electrified, unheated bunkhouse with two sets of bunk beds. We provide bedding and towels. Interns generally use the outhouse with composting toilet. Daily bathing is in the farmhouse.
Electronics can be re-charged in the farmhouse. We have wireless Internet on the farm.
Everyone on the farm shares cooking, table setting and meal clean up. We can accommodate omnivores and vegetarians, but not serious food allergies or picky eaters. We cannot guarantee food prepared in our kitchen has not been in contact with common allergens (e.g. peanuts, gluten). And no one enjoys cooking for a picky eater. Everyone on the farm shares meals together.
Volunteers have quite a bit of free time to explore the City of Union (population 2,000), hike wild terrain, bicycle, read, write, study and visit. When we have few volunteers we frequently invite neighbors to join us for meals to increase social interaction.
We are in a sparsely populated area. The Greyhound Bus route comes within 15 miles of our farm, west from Boise, ID, or east from Portland, OR.
When a volunteer contacts us, we send a Handbook and Application as email attachments. The Handbook explains our schedule, expectations, what to bring and other details.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
4 hours per day, 5 days a week
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