Hello Prospective Land Steward -
Dooley Creek Farm is a diverse 100 acre regenerative family farm located in the Crystal River Valley near Carbondale, CO. Our focus is soil-building through managed grazing and composting. We offer direct-to-consumer premium quality beef, chicken, pork, eggs and limited seasonal produce. Our methods are beyond organic. We are committed to caring for the land and its ecosystems and committed to providing healthy food for ourselves and others.
We value hard work and ingenuity. Faith and family. Permaculture principles. Doing the right thing for the right reason. Honesty and transparency. Animal welfare. Healthy soil, healthy plants, healthy animals, healthy people, healthy relationships, healthy souls, healthy planet.
Our mission is to work as a family to foster ecological and human flourishing by producing nutritious food through regenerative farming practices.
We are located about 8 miles from a small town with basic amenities and a population of about of 7000 residents and 20 miles from a bigger town of 10,000 residents with some big box stores. Tourism is a huge part of the economy as we are located in the middle of the beautiful Rocky Mountains with all the recreational opportunities they have to offer. The city of Aspen is an hour away with an airport and multiple ski areas. There is a burgeoning local agriculture movement, mostly market gardens, and we are one of the few diverse livestock farms in the area currently. The local populace is generally quite affluent and health-conscious.
Our farm is located at 7000 feet elevation alongside a small river that runs through a somewhat narrow valley. The terrain is varied with a mix of pasture, wetland, scrub oak, pinion, juniper and douglas fir. Our growing zone is 4. Our last frost is typically the last week of May and we can expect our first frost sometime in late Sept.
As our business expands, we are seeking an individual who is interested in regenerative agriculture to intern/apprentice with us this season.
Timeline: Flexible but ideally would begin in April or May in order to see the beginning of production. 3-12 months in duration.
Expectations and Learning Opportunities:
You would be expected to participate in marketing/planning sessions, help us out with daily operations and special projects which may include: developing a larger garden, planting fruit trees, replacing fences, chicken processing, designing a new/better manger system, implementing a free-choice mineral program, constructing chicken shelters, designing and building turkey infrastructure, developing silvopasture, selling goods at farmer’s markets, completing a poultry processing facility, haying, organizing a monthly meat CSA program, etc.
Apart from learning the nuts and bolts of small-scale regenerative beef, pork and poultry production, you will be exposed to all aspects of running a farm from a business perspective. We may set you loose brainstorming a new system or project. Our goal is to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully achieve your own agricultural goals and dreams.
Steward will receive a share of meat, eggs and produce from the farm for their own consumption. They are welcome to share lunches with the family on work days.
We are looking for a committed, stable individual who knows how to work hard and who is eager to learn. We expect integrity, honesty and a positive attitude. The intern will be an integral part of the farm team and their thoughts and ideas will be welcomed and valued.
There will be plenty of time to explore the area on your days and evenings off. Recreation opportunities abound - hiking, climbing, camping, rafting, fishing.....
We expect the intern to show up to work on time, follow schedules and stay until the end of the agreed upon time commitment.
Must be healthy and able to do manual labor on a daily basis in a variety of adverse conditions and weather. Some previous agricultural/farming experience preferred. Must be be willing to be involved in all stages of production, including humane slaughtering and processing. Must be dependable and respectful. And ready to have some fun!
To apply: Send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in contact with you.