Ini and I, Wren, learned most of what we know in the garden and in building by interning! We believe strongly in the process of handing down skills from one person to the next. Gardening/Permaculture and Natural Building both lend themselves well to this type of tutelage.
With this in mind, 2019 is the first year we are inviting interns onto the homestead. It is our 3rd year on the land and we’ve established much of the foundations and we’re excited to continue building!
Straw Bale Building
This year we are building a straw bale home! We will start in Mid March and hope to be finished by September.
Along with natural building, permaculture infuses most of our activities on the homestead. It is a lens and a way of life for us and guides our hands as we craft our food forests, perennial vegetable and medicine gardens and engage with water and the wild.
During an internship at Mountain Jewel you can expect to get your hands dirty daily & learn through doing with a variety of activities.
In March we will be planting out this year’s 1 acre of Food Forest including Paw Paws, Gingko, Osage, Chestnut, Hazelnut, Willow, Persimmon, Plum, Apple, Boysenberry and other perennials like thornless honey locust, wild false indigo, and Lavender.
During the year we will be tending previously planted Food Forests, mulching, pruning and eating from them!
We also tend 2 high tunnels and a perennial/annual garden which produces food for us all year and which we put away. This year we’ll also be going to Springfield to vend at a Farmer’s Market.
If you’d like to join us this year, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know about yourself, your interests and experience and when you’d like to come. The house will take much of our energy this year, but it will be a holistic experience of off grid living!