Start Date: flexible
Payment: Organic meals and accommodation. Stipend $500/month + commitment completion bonus of final payment of $1000. Live within our uniquely nourishing community lifestyle.
Chuckleberry Internship: a Unique Opportunity
At Chuckleberry, we value the rich relational field we cultivate while working as a team to generate high yields of certified organic foods with a small ecological footprint. An internship at Chuckleberry is not only an opportunity to develop skills in organic farming and sustainable living in a conscious community, but it is also an opportunity to develop and deepen your connection to your inner life. Who you are, what’s your purpose, and how do you want to inhabit this experience of life. Our weekly community Emotional Intelligence Training and other transformational spaces will develop in you a deeper, more genuine, more soul-satisfying way of living and relating. Chuckleberry Community Farm is welcoming edgeworkers and culture creatives to collaborate in the creation of a village, the birthing place of a new culture that renders Modern Culture completely obsolete.
Chuckleberry is located on a pristine 18-acre property in the Selkirk Mountains, 10 miles west of Nelson British Columbia. The land is south-sloping with a very generous south exposure supporting a unique microclimate great for organic gardening & orchards as well as passive solar, photovoltaic power and annualized geo-solar building.
Chuckleberry is a certified organic community farm that operates year-round from our in-ground Earthship that is largely heated and powered by the sun. The Earthship supports the growth of over 10,000 pounds of microgreens each year. During the growing season, we produce a wide variety of certified organic crops, berries and fruits for our community, retailers, restaurants and ski lodges in the Kootenay and Okanagan regions of British Columbia. We are a mountain farm surrounded by evergreen forest with a white water creek along our western boundary.
We have a variety of organic gardens, some of which are 30-inch high, insulated raised beds to preserve our gardener’s knees and backs. These beds have hoop houses on them that allow us to grow right through the winter with some crops and extend the primary growing season by up to a month at either end of the season with some other crops. We also have fields with rows of composting straw bales that grow thousands of pounds of squash and zucchini while simultaneously creating nutrient-dense soil.
About the Position
As the Business Intern, you will be learning all aspects of creating a successful organic farming business with a team of inspired individuals. You will develop relationships with all of our customers, take care of orders and invoicing, work on accounts receivable, participate in research in unexpected areas, marketing, branding, and respond to emails and phone calls from our customers. You are skilled with computers, word processing, excel sheets, and possibly even web design and photo/video editing… You are a creative thinker and remain open to others’ perspectives – you don’t get locked into your idea of what is right/best/good. You are capable of and want to collaborate. You are skilled in keeping track of many details and making sure that as little as possible slips through the cracks. You work with focus and care. You don’t hesitate to talk about what is not working efficiently and to celebrate what works and flows. You will also learn many other skills necessary to operate an organic farm as the business team is called to support one of the other Chuckleberry teams such as the Growroom Team with planting or harvesting our crops.
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Interns work five days per week, from 8:30 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 3:30 pm, with lunch prepared in-house. You will work a total of 30 hours per week, as well as participate in 2 hours of Emotional Intelligence Training and Community Creation Circle each week.
Organic meals: our kitchen is fully stocked with predominantly organic vegetarian ingredients. A vegan/vegetarian diet is provided. Lunch is lovingly prepared on all working days. Interns can cook whatever they like during their time off with the abundant ingredients available. A recent volunteer puts it best: “the food is non-stop DELICIOUS, so many great inspiring cooks, a pantry full of playful ingredients and so much love put into all the meals and sweet treats!”
Accommodation: we have a variety of accommodations available and will do our best to meet your needs. We have a comfortable community center that includes our kitchen, living room area, bathing facilities, and practice room. The practice room is a large, bright, comfortable room stocked with yoga mats, instruments, meditation pillows, a library, and much more. Use of the internet is available with some restrictions. Free laundry facilities are available.
Living at Chuckleberry allows you to sample the highly coveted West Kootenay lifestyle – a balance of spectacular outdoors, top-notch hiking trails, mountain biking, mountain lake canoeing, white water river kayaking and world-class ski resorts. As well as unique, vibrant towns like Nelson and Kaslo, brimming with music, art and kind-hearted people.
Our uniquely nourishing community lifestyle: We provide healthy lifestyle choices and limit choices that are less supportive of our intention of nourishing the healthy evolution of consciousness. We intend to fully inhabit our lives in all of their beauty and challenges. We choose not to medicate or numb our emotions, but rather to develop our capacity to fully welcome all of the learning that comes through honestly facing all that lives inside of us. Living at Chuckleberry is an invitation to practice relaxing through the discomforts of being human and owning the projections that can stem from our often disowned emotions. We cultivate moment-to-moment presence, awareness and a sincere interest in our own self-discovery. A Chuckleberry Internship is a unique opportunity to explore all this without being rushed and with the support of a community that holds the same intentions.
We provide a smoke, drug, alcohol, vape, cell phone and computer-free work environment on the farm. Computers and phones are used in the farm office and living quarters.
We provide in-house Emotional Intelligence Training and a Community Creation Circle each week to support our ever-deepening relationships with highly effective relational skills. We also have a communal practice room that is a dedicated space for people to engage in daily morning practices (for example, yoga, pranayama, meditation, and sitting). In the afternoons and evenings, the space moulds to fit community-sharing circles, yoga classes, drawing workshops, various meditation practices, and movie nights.
We offer the opportunity to commit for 1 year with a Work Exchange trial period preceding the beginning of the contract. We also have Work Exchange positions available for a 6-month commitment from May 1st to October 31st, 2024.
If you feel called, and if you have any questions at all, please reach out through firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Brianne at 250-551-8947. Please mention you saw this at FoodWork .
“... If you dare to take on the ride Chuckleberry helps to provide, it may be the first place where you actually feel seen, heard and understood – by JUST being yourself, with all the light and shadows you are. It might also be the last place, but at least now you know what it feels like to be alive so you won’t have to continue living a life made out of concessions. … If all this sounds super crazy and at the same time in a weird way familiar to you, I highly recommend contacting the community to find out if it’s for you. I did this once and even came back 3 times to continue the journey.”
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Jun 16 2023 ID: 68447