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Hallet Family Farm - Internship

Hallet Family Farm is a new sustainable livestock farmstead. We have been in business since February of 2011. Starting on one small acre of land, and with the help of funding via Kickstarter.com, the Hallets have developed a growing customer base for their Label Rosa pastured broilers and the grass fed and finished Angus beef they are now providing through partnership with other local farmers. Our experience: We have extensive research knowledge on sustainable livestock farming as well as 2 years of hands on experience with rotational grazing of ruminants and broiler chickens. We have completed a 1 year course through the Seattle Tilth Farm Works program which included 6 months of training on the business aspects of running a profitable farm as well as hands-on training for large scale crop agriculture.

Hallet Family Farm
39805 212th Ave SE
Enumclaw, WA 98022

Contact: Joel Hallet, Loralei Hallet

Phone: [Cell] 206-484-4369
[Home] 360-625-0035

Email: halletfamilyfarm@gmail.com

Website: http://www.facebook.com/halletfamilyfarm, http://www.halletfamilyfarm.com

Last Updated: 07-31-2013

General Description: Hallet Family Farm is a new sustainable livestock farmstead. We have been in business since February of 2011. Starting on one small acre of land, and with the help of funding via Kickstarter.com, the Hallets have developed a growing customer base for their Label Rosa pastured broilers and the grass fed and finished Angus beef they are now providing through partnership with other local farmers. Our experience: We have extensive research knowledge on sustainable livestock farming as well as 2 years of hands on experience with rotational grazing of ruminants and broiler chickens. We have completed a 1 year course through the Seattle Tilth Farm Works program which included 6 months of training on the business aspects of running a profitable farm as well as hands-on training for large scale crop agriculture. We remain closely tied to the Farm Works program, offering our farm as an educational resource whenever possible. In 2014 are planning to expand from 1 acre up to 40 acres of livestock land and will begin implementation of an all-year 'Full Meats Community Supported Husbandry' program. This program will be similar to the typical fruit and vegetable CSA model but will provide local families with their protein and animal product needs instead. Finally, we are devoutly Christian family and in large part it is our faith in Christ that has led us to the calling of sustainable livestock farming. In the beginning of Genesis, God creates everything and places Adam in the Garden of Eden to work it and to care for it. It is clear that we were created, in part, to work and that the work we created for is the stewardship of our planet and it's living beings. For us, this is the fundamental principle of Biblical Stewardship: God created and owns all things and we have been placed in a position as care takers or administrators, to act on His behalf, in the way He would have us act. Sadly, we feel that Christians, both farmers and consumers of food, have behaved in a deeply broken manner with regard to our Stewardship of our land and the livestock we have been given. Most obviously in the western world we have attempted to reduce the land and those things that grow from it to its basic and separate chemical components. In doing so, Loralei and Joel believe that we have failed to acknowledge the deep and primal instincts placed in the hearts and minds of our livestock. We believe that those instincts exist because God created them and that because God created them, they exist for a good and deeply meaningful purpose. By attempting to work in partnership with our livestock, by honoring their genetic nature, we find that farming becomes a net-gain proposition with each season, each year, and each generation creating more wealth in soil, water, and abundant food for the community. One of our heroes, Joel Salatin, calls this honoring "the pigness of the pig", and that is what we attempt to do at Hallet Family Farm.

Internship Starts: immediate
Internship Ends: 6 months to 2 years
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: none
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months

Meals: Meals are open to negotiation depending on weekly work-load.

Skills Desired: We are open, and happy to accept interns with little to no farm experience. As beginning farmers ourselves, we understand how difficult it can be to get your foot in the door with farming. What we are asking of you is flexibility with our own learning curve as you learn along side us. Additionally you will need to have good strength and stamina. Lifting hay bales, 50lb bags of feed, pulling 200lb chicken tractors through tall grass, and moving awkward electrified net fencing will all be regular tasks. Above all, you must be passionate about farming in a sustainable way, which honors the genetic tendencies implanted in each type of livestock by God.

Educational Opportunities: We have extensive research knowledge on sustainable livestock farming as well as 2 years of hands on experience with rotational grazing of ruminants and broiler chickens. We have completed a 1 year course through the Seattle Tilth Farm Works program which included 6 months of training on the business aspects of running a profitable farm as well as hands-on training for large scale crop agriculture. We remain closely tied to the Farm Works program, offering our farm as an educational resource whenever possible. In 2014 are planning to expand from 1 acre up to 40 acres of livestock land and will begin implementation of an all-year 'Full Meats Community Supported Husbandry' program. This program will be similar to the typical fruit and vegetable CSA model but will provide local families with their protein and animal product needs instead.

Stipend: We are not offering a monetary stipend and will expect interns to seek out a local part time job at any of the 6 municipalities within 10-30 minutes of our farm, or with a second local farm.

Housing: Housing which includes a separate bedroom and shared access to the rest of the house as well as all utilities (including high speed internet but not including cable television) is provided.

Preferred method Of Contact: email

Internship Details: Part Time Internship oppportunity on growing sustainable livestock farm. Tasks will include daily chores such as upkeep of the homestead garden and daily feeding/water/rotation of livestock as well as project work. Project work could include garden expansions, farmstead construction, infrastructure planning and implementation for fencing, water lines, etc, tractor work, rotational grazing planning, marketing, and more. We anticipate 10-15 hours a week of work on average. Compensation: We are offering free rent and utilities, including high speed internet, as well as a share of profits for all revenue streams that our interns are directly involved in. We are also open to working out a shared grocery option. Our expectation is that our interns will seek out and aquire part time paid work in one of the 6 local municipalities within 10-30 minutes of the farm to pay for gas/food/incidentals.Duration: 6 months to start with potential for 1-2 year total time on farm.

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