Our education method for this program is loosely structured. It is example- and experience-based.
We endeavor to show interns what great things can be done on a small farm, what things we now know not to do through trial and error and how to produce fresh seasonal produce from seed right through to getting it into the weekly boxes for our CSA members. From green house practices to running a CSA, crop rotation and soil building, interns experience all aspects of our farm.
There are also opportunities to study skills for living sustainably through our courses in preserving, cheese, yoghurt and sourdough bread making.
Applicants will have a strong work ethic, a fit and able body and mind, excellent communication skills and the ability to work with a task based approach (as opposed to a time based system). The manual work is often repetitive and strenuous. This is farming!
Your own transportation is suggested. The town of Maitland is about 1.5km away, with shops and facilities such as libraries and medical. Newcastle and the beach is around 30minutes by train or car.
Purple Pear Farm accepts a maximum of five interns per season, couples are welcome.
We work in all weather, please come prepared.
You must have completed or be willing to complete a Permaculture Design Course (PDC).
We expect all of our interns to be hard working, willing, well presented, polite and humble. How much you get out of this experience depends on how much you are prepared to put in. We hope, a lot! We aspire to share our knowledge and experience with those who are looking for a deeper understand of intensive, sustainable small scale farming and the crop planning, rotation and customer communication involved in running a CSA.
Ask lots of questions…every day!!
We need to get to know you and talk about expectations, and plans for the future. This is to ensure that we can all work together and that we can provide the experience you are looking for. We want interns to leave the farm with solid, specific skills for successful, enhanced organic market gardening and to have a meaningful, positive educational experience.
A refundable $500 bond is required. This bond ensures that abuse or negligence of tools does not occur and that participants adhere to the guidelines stated here including completion of the period of the internship.
Interns are expected to work a 5 day week. Work times vary, but the typical working day starts early and includes 8 hours of work with a lunchtime break. Although there are daily tasks that occur 7 days a week, work can be flexible with a desire to make a schedule that works for the farm and an educational opportunity suited to the intern.
Intern Room and Board
Caravan accommodation is provided with a kitchen.
There is a separate, private bathroom with shower and toilet facilities.
We will provide you with our farm fresh produce and eggs as available. Interns are responsible for providing all other groceries.