FARM & GARDEN INTERNSHIP
Sunrise Ranch is located on a beautiful 360 acres in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. We have maintained a legacy of sustainability, organic farming and land stewardship since 1945. We implement bio-intensive and permaculture principles in our organic vegetable and herb gardens, as well as our fruit orchard which produces apples, pears, apricots, cherries, peaches and plums.
We practice holistic agriculture management on our diverse multi-species farm, with grass-fed cattle, pastured chickens, ducks, geese, and wild turkeys. We teach animal husbandry, pasture and livestock management, rotational and mob grazing, coordinated irrigation techniques, water treatment and processing, green architecture and general sustainability practices.
In the past, Farm/Garden interns at Sunrise Ranch have taken care of all kinds of animals—goats, cows, pigs, and chickens, to name a few. But if you've ever fantasized about tending to sheep on a grassy hill, here's your chance to become a shepherd. Sunrise Ranch will have sheep this year!
For periods of a week or longer, this season's Farm/Garden interns will get the rare opportunity to camp out under the stars with a flock of ewes. All camping gear will be provided, and a guard llama will accompany the shepherd as the sheep graze the hills around Sunrise Ranch.
We host an entire farm-to-table curriculum, which includes our farm and garden program and a culinary program skilled at creating delicious gourmet meals that cater to all types of specialty diets. Sunrise Ranch is one of the oldest intentional spiritual communities in the country as well as a conscious retreat and conference center, so there are many fun activities and
opportunities for community interaction available.
We offer a work/trade agreement that includes housing, internet, laundry facilities, healthy meals and a $250/month stipend during the 7-month growing and harvest season—no experience required. While learning trade skills and performing fulfilling work, you will enjoy gorgeous natural landscapes every day with mountain hiking only a few minutes’ walk away, and close proximity
to the cities of Fort Collins, Boulder, Estes Park and Loveland.
This program is designed to give participants the full experience of living in an intentional community and among people who share a passion for integrating their lives with the ecology in which they dwell.
Participants will learn the skills and principles that allow a community
and its immediate landscape to thrive and sustain.
Email application to Internships@sunriseranch.org