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Peaceful Pastures, LLC
69 Cowan Valley Lane
Posted: September 15 2015
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DescriptionWHAT IS PEACEFUL PASTURES? Peaceful Pastures is a direct market, all natural, grass fed, meat business producing and selling beef, lamb, chicken, pork, and turkey. All of the species are pastured on the 2500 acres we own/ manage.
WHO IS A TYPICAL INTERN? All of our interns are people dedicated to a summer of learning and diversity; they are eager to accept responsibility and step up to a new level of intensity and growth. They look forward to being independent from family and “High School Ways and Days” for a time of personal achievement.
The scope, size and diversity of our operation allows us to offer outstanding internship opportunities in several areas, yet being a small family run business provides one on one learning, coaching and evaluation.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS I’LL LEARN? You’ll gain a foundation in the basics of sustainable agriculture: multi species grazing and husbandry, organic based gardening, and a holistic approach to both management and profitability. You’ll learn what is involved in taking a product from the farm to the store shelf, and you’ll participate in marketing such.
WHAT WILL BE MY RESPONSIBILITIES?
1. Participation in Farmers Markets
a. Various locations in Nashville
b. Up to three days each week, including every Saturday
c. Consumer education and sales
2. Manage the small gardens (food, flower, herb, garlic/onion)
a. Plant and cultivate
b. Harvest, including canning and freezing
3. Help with the livestock operation, as needed
a. Basic herding and cattle chute work
b. Sheep herding
c. Fencing, as needed
d. Attend to the poultry flock by gathering eggs, candling and packaging.
4. Maintain the grounds
a. Keep the areas open to the public presentable
b. Plant and monitor basic landscaping
c. Creative landscape enhancements
The sustainable ag internship involves extensive manual labor, including but not limited to hand cultivating the gardens, planting, weeding, cleaning out barns, fence building, fence maintenance, weed eating and painting.
HOW DO I APPLY? Fill out the application and submit the short answers to the questions at the end. Finalists will be invited to the farm for a day long, working interview. The purpose of the working interview is not to show what you know, or don’t know, but rather to give you a realistic expectation as to what the job is—and isn’t.
WHEN DO THEY START? Interns start the Monday, May 12th and work through the Friday before classes resume.
WHERE IS IT LOCATED? Peaceful Pastures is an hour east of Nashville, TN.
RequirementsWHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS? You MUST be: at least 18 years old; physically fit; able to repeatedly lift and carry 50 pounds; able to walk/run up/down steep hillsides; drug and tobacco free; have a drivers license, reliable transportation, and follow a basic dress code. You MUST safely drive a manual shift vehicle by Day 1 of the internship.
This position involves extensive contact with the public; therefore, you should have a friendly, outgoing personality and be comfortable in a sales environment. Furthermore, the duties in this job are widely varied; you will be expected to engage in all of them with equal enthusiasm.
In addition, successful applicants will demonstrate a helpful, “can do” mindset and be capable of working steadily with minimal supervision whether alone or in a group. You need a teachable attitude and realistic expectations.