Hillsboro, Wisconsin USA

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participant New Traditions Homestead, Hillsboro, WI USA, 4 acre certified organic produce farm.
Robert Schulz
S3680 Beaver Creek Rd,
New Traditions Homestead
In 2004, we purchased 40 acres of vacant land and have built all the infrastructure of our homestead including our home, guesthouse, blacksmith shop, barn, greenhouse, icehouse, and storage sheds. We have been farming and gardening organically at different scales for over 15 years, and in 2010 we became certified organic and currently market to Willy St. Co-op and restaurants in Madison and Viroqua Food Co-op in Viroqua, WI. We have three young children (ages 10, 4, and 9 months) so we stress that this is a family and child-friendly environment. Unique to this opportunity is a partnership with the Driftless Folk School www.driftlessfolkschool.org. Interns will be given the chance to act as a DFS Work/Study, and the school will offer classes (in addition to those provided by NTH) in trade for infrastructure work at new campus location throughout the season.

  • Source of power: 4 horses, 1 Morgan, 1 Standardbred,
    1 Percheron/Standardbred cross and colt.
  • Horses are used for: plowing discing, spring-tooth harrow, row cultivation, planting, logging, hauling, hay making, maple syrup harvest, and transport.
  • Other livestock: Milking cow, steer, 4 milking goats, always have some hogs for slaughter, flock of chickens.
  • Acreage: 60, one in garden, 4 in crops, 25 pasture, 5 in hay, 20 acre woodlot and 5 acre wetland.
  • Skills offered in: Certified organic produce farming, working with horses, blacksmithing, woodworking, building, natural plasters, general rural-living skills, healthy eating. I have been working horses for 10 years.
  • Work hours: 40 hours per week (M-Sat)
  • Terms: 3 apprentices. 36 weeks (May 1 - October 31)
  • Stipend: $200.month plus paid enrollment to Driftless Folk School classes (www.driftlessfolkschool.org). Inquire regarding details.
  • Accommodations: Private room, midest dwelling, with kitchen space. Access to sauna. No internet on the farm (library and cafe 5 miles). Cell phone typically get reception. Responisble for own meals. Some shared meals.
  • Apprentice must be: Hardworking, open communication without complaining, passion for rural living, draft horses, and creating social change, friendly and polite around the farm (especially with our children).
  • Visit first: Preferred but not required.
  • Trial period: two weeks.
  • Comments: We feel confident that this position will be a very positive influence for anyone wanting to start their own homestead or small-scale organic farm. We live in a beautiful area of Wisconsin where there is a great amount of organic farms, good trout fishing, and a strong alternative community. If interested in this position, please contact Robert Schulz at the email or phone above. Ideally, the position will begin in early May, though starting time is negotiable. Please send letter of intent, resume and two references. Application deadline March 31, 2015.

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