2015 “Eat the Suburbs” Permaculture Internship (1/2 Day per Week) May through September

Village Farme permaculture homestead seeks to enter into a relationship with someone who would like to gain hands-on experience with permaculture systems in a residential / small farm setting in Southern Maine.

Time commitment:  This internship is for a standing 1/2 day per week (Wednesday afternoons approx noon to 4:30 or 5pm) from May through September (longer if desired).

 The site:  The internship is based on a 1/3 acre residential/mini farm property approximately 3 miles from downtown Portland Maine (.5 miles from public transportation).  The site is in year 6 of implementing a permaculture design which aims to support the residents in a) getting off of fossil fuels, b) maximizing edible yields and healthy ecosystems and c) being good neighbors and a demonstration site for residential permaculture.

The work:  This intern will work with the homeowners (Lisa Fernandes & David Whitten) on various residential and small farm scale permaculture implementation projects such as (but not limited to) soil building, rain water catchment and water systems, no-dig food production, small livestock management and nutrient cycling, perennial food production systems (pruning, propagation, etc.), season extension and four-season production systems, harvesting & preservation, renewable energy systems and other “post-carbon” strategies.  The work will vary from week to week.

The exchange:  This is unpaid (in terms of cash) but the intern can expect to gain valuable experience on a real permaculture site and learn from seasoned practitioners while “on the job.”  The internship will start with articulating some goals for the season and proceed on a weekly basis from there.  College credit could be arranged on an as-needed basis.   Access to an extensive permaculture library also included.

Intern attributes:  Physical ability for moderately heavy garden and homestead tasks, excellent communication, positive attitude and dependable.  Some gardening or other “trades” (electrical, mechanical, plumbing, carpentry, etc.) skills helpful but not required.  Having taken an Intro to Permaculture course or Permaculture Design Course (full course) also helpful.

To Apply:  Email a letter of inquiry (with resume if you have it) to    Rolling Deadline – send us your info and we’ll respond within two weeks!  We can take up to 2 interns for this position and will fill them in the order that we receive qualified inquiries.

Interested in Permaculture Design and/or Organizing?  We are also open for a more office/field organizing/designing intern situation as well.  Contact us for details.