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Vegetable Production on a Diversified Livestock Farm, Permaculture Farm Forest

Erin & Roni Smith

The Smithshyre | |

Posted on: 01/06/2017 9:12 am

Dates: March 30, 2017 through October 1, 2017 (dates are flexible)

The Smithshyre is an actually organic homestead with livestock including Narragansett turkeys.  Additionally we keep hogs, sheep and dairy goats.

We are currently seeking 1or 2 interns for the 2017 Season!  We need self starter(s) who can finish a job.  Someone who doesn’t mind physical labor, there are no tractors on The Shyre.

The ideal candidate would be someone with vegetable production experience who would like to learn more about keeping livestock.  Someone who can both learn and teach.

We are finishing two high tunnels and have 33 large raised beds plus potato, squash, corn and bean breaks ready for planting.  This is our second year with a market garden business plan.  We would love to find someone,  excited to help manage the vegetable production.

Someone who is familiar with and is inspired by, the works of Mark Shepard, John Seymour, Jean-Martin Fortier and Masanobu Fukuoka, if not we will start a reading list.

Would you like to have more animal keeping experience? Here at The Shyre we keep lots of livestock, all heritage breeds. We keep Dwarf Nigerian dairy goats, Finn sheep and American Guinea hogs. Plus we have breeding Turkeys and many laying hens.

Would you like to learn how to milk goats and trim hoofs. How about we teach you how to keep hogs in an electric paddock. We use natural herbal medicine to treat our animals, another skill you can learn here at “The Shyre”.

The best part of keeping animals is baby animals, help with kidding. We have several goats freshening in January and February. This is just the tip of the iceberg we can teach you so much about keeping livestock, you will love it. Enjoy the seasonality of farm life, including cool frosty mornings.

so cute!

so cute!

Additionally, we have dreams of a permaculture forest farm that includes Chestnuts, Apples, Beaked Hazelnuts, cane berries, vines, mushrooms, and herbs.  Be ready to help with that project, which is underway.  Help us mimic an oak savanna, by planting and maintaining, our woody crops.

We would like to expand our vegetable production and implement a low till system this season. We would consider profit sharing with the right hard working individual.   We learn 10 to 100 things a day, join us!

Please no children or dogs!

We have orchards that would make good camping and a small travel trailer we could make available if you prefer.

We can only offer a $25 a week salary with room and board.* This is all contingent upon everyone being like minded. Our motto is “Be the Change You Seek” We seek a clean food system built on local, seasonal farms.

* Inquire about specifics

Number of interns needed: 2

Kids Okay: No.

Pets Okay: No.

Car Required: No.

Experience Required: Helpful.

Specific skills or knowledge required: hard worker, vegetable production

Work Hours: Negotiable.

Learning Opportunities: On The Job.

Meals: Separate Cooking.

Housing: Maybe.

Paid: Yes.

About The Smithshyre

Organization Category:

Grower Cerifications:
    Farm Programs:
    • Classes
    Grower Market:
    • Farm Stand

    Acres: 5

    County: Kitsap

    Public Address: 22119 Foss Rd, Poulsbo, WA, 98370

    Mailing Address: 22119 Foss Rd, Poulsbo, WA, 98370

    Point of Contact Name:

    Daytime Phone: 360-271-0679

    Evening Phone: 360-271-0679

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