The Farm Collaborative (formerly Aspen TREE) has served the community with summer programs and a Farm Park for 11 years. In 2019, after receiving 14 additional acres from the City of Aspen, we started an acre of vegetable production as well as planting a heritage orchard. We rotationally graze sheep and laying hens to increase the fertility and health of our pastures and produce eggs and meat.In the garden our tasks this year will include soil building and cover cropping, starting and planting vegetables, and canning and preserving excess produce for the market. We will be able to quickly plant the beds we shaped last year in a no-till format, and we will also break new ground to expand for the upcoming year. With two new greenhouses we will be pushing the potential of our harsh climate at 7,400 ft elevation. We will sell our produce at the Aspen Farmers Market, through programs to Lift-Up food banks and Seniors Matters (for food insecure seniors), and host a few Farm-to-Table dinners.In the field we will be implementing multi-species rotational grazing, animal husbandry, irrigation, hay production, infrastructure development, and earth works related to permaculture design and farm efficiency.In the orchard we will be creating a novel system that strives to diversify production and create a productive ecosystem.Application Deadline: Positions are open until filled.Requirements:No previous farming experience necessaryStrong, demonstrable work ethicCuriosity, commitment to treating internship as learning experienceFlexibility, patience, and a positive attitudeAbility to safely and successfully perform manual labor in varying weather conditions at an altitude over 7,000ftInterest in organic agricultureFlexibility to do multiple on-farm tasks.The intern must arrange their own transportation to the internship.The garden interns will help the Production Manager and Livestock Manager in all aspects of the garden including plant starting, garden planning, irrigation maintenance, trellis construction, plant care, grass picking, weeding, harvesting, washing produce and preparing for storage, canning and preservation days, keeping updated records, public events and tours, helping to organize and facilitate volunteer days, preparing produce for markets, and staffing market booths. Interns are expected to learn quickly and perform work in a thorough and efficient manner. The work will be hard and some days will be long, interns will need to be team players in accomplishing daily tasks. Interns will also learn animal husbandry, can take part in optional butchering days, daily chores feeding animals, as well as farm maintenance. If interns have specific interests we would love to have special sessions dedicated to business planning, seed planning, etc.Tracking

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