Apprenticeships provide a valuable opportunity for people seeking to immerse themselves in the Alaskan farming and homestead lifestyle. Reciprocally the host receives the benefit of engaged helping hands, fresh ideas and new friendships.
We are looking for people who have a positive attitude, are enthusiastic about learning, show respect for all living beings, are able to take direction and give feedback, work hard, and have fun!
Your housing is in a rustic wall tent with a wood stove and no running water. Or it could be a tent on a plywood platform. You must haul water from the well, fill your container and gravity feed your outdoor sink. Cooking is done on the wood stove, or in some cases a small propane stove. A sauna provides a place to relax, cleanse and rejuvenate your soul. Water can be heated on the wood stove and added to an outdoor rustic shower. Living on the homestead requires a person to bend and flex with the elements of nature. It can rain, snow, or be sunny and dry. For the most part Alaska is cooler than most people are used to. This means bringing the appropriate gear. A must are non-insulated rubber boots, a set of tough pants, non-insulated leather gloves and a sun hat. Some people complain that Alaska has too many mosquitoes, but as long time Gary of the North always says, “…if it ain’t 40 below in the winter and so thick with mosquitoes you can’t see in the summer, somethin’s wrong”. As part of the Homestead you will be responsible for care-taking, planting, seeding, soil-blocking, digging, watering, watering, watering, harvesting, packaging CSA’s and market veggies, canning, smoking fish and meat, harvesting wild plants and berries, hauling wood, chopping wood, tilling soil, hauling wheelbarrows of soil, fertilizing, fence building, feeding chickens and possibly pigs, cleaning out animal shelters, shoveling animal poop, turning compost, running wood stoves, staying clean with the Sauna and outdoor gravity shower, washing clothes the primitive way, repairing tools, shelters, tents, and your clothes, cooking nutritious intentional meals, maintaining a spotless living quarters, to name a few. As the plants in the soil do not take a day off, neither do we. That does not mean that you won’t, but you must be prepared to work endless hours, day after day. We will create a schedule with you so you can take time off to hike up the mountain and stay overnight at the Castle Mountain Cabin, or just go for a long relaxing hike, read a book, or get that sleep you need. If you are dependent on internet based tools, this is not the place for you. A 25 minute drive will get you to the next town where there is a library and internet, but no vehicles are available and we do not go to town. There is a land line phone here in case of an emergency. It is important to stress that committing to an extended internship here is a conscious choice to learn and immerse yourself in farming and homesteading. I-pods, cell phones and ear buds take you out of the present moment and leave you somewhere in the clouds. Look for another farming opportunity if you are dependent on these devices. A common misconception about interning on farms in Alaska is that you get to have a vacation in Alaska in addition to your internship. Please look for another farming opportunity if you are planning a vacation in Alaska. The journey to Alaska is a big deal with long travel miles and big commitments. Email us, then call us, and let’s get to know each other and make sure it’s a good fit. If you are interested, contact us for an application. firstname.lastname@example.org Apprenticeship Links Chugach Farm on ATTRA Sustainable Farming Internships and Apprenticeships A directory of on-the-job learning opportunities in sustainable and organic agriculture in the U.S. (and some in Canada) has been published since 1989 as a tool to help farmers and apprentices connect with each other. Anyone can browse the listings for free. As a subscriber, you can build a personalized listing to connect with internship seekers. The listed farms are primarily seeking interns/apprentices from North America. Chugach Farm on WWOOF Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA (WWOOF-USA®) is part of a worldwide effort to link visitors with organic farmers, promote an educational exchange, and build a global community conscious of ecological farming practices.