Education is a central part of our mission. We offer tours as well as occasional internships, and are planning to develop workshop programs in the future.
Tours are available upon request. Call to schedule. Depending on your interests and experience, tours can take 45 minutes to 2 hours. We ask $25/hour for our time. We can usually accommodate up to 10-12 people at a time. Larger groups will need to be divided into more than one group, so will need a second tour guide, which will cost an additional $25/hour. Please note that this is a working farm, so it will rarely be neat and tidy. Expect to get muddy feet if the weather is wet, and be prepared for tall grass. Children are welcome, and should be well supervised.
Current Availability: Updated 2/17
We are open to considering an intern for the months of March-June.
Independent farming situation:
We have about ¾ acre of garden space, 1 acre pasture, and housing available for a couple or individual to rent in exchange for 16 hours of labor/week (8 hr/each for a couple or 16 hrs for an individual). Minimum stay is one year, with the possibility to extend up to three years.
The living situation is a 720 sq. ft. mobile home that we originally brought onto the property to live in while building a house. In the six years we lived in the trailer we spent some time making it more sustainable. We landscaped with vines and edible perennials to help seasonally shade the home, and built a passive solar greenhouse onto the south side to heat the trailer and grow seedlings for our farm. For water, we set up a rainwater harvesting system collecting off an adjacent workshop. We started our market garden by building no-till mulch beds around the trailer.
We completed our house, a beautiful and functional strawbale home with attached greenhouse and earthen plasters, rainwater system, and edible landscaping, in January 2010. We have also evolved away from growing market produce and are focusing on a fruit/nut/berry nursery, homesteading, handcrafted wooden utensils, and raising three delightful children.
Following the predicted permaculture pattern of use zones, we have not continued to up-keep our old garden beds, even though they are only 200' away from the new house. Living in your garden seems the best way to keep it tended and we found that we needed to abandon the old systems to focus on the new ones around our house.
In fall 2011, we decided to open up the old home, its gardens and systems to ambitious people, eager to apply their experience from working on other farms but without financial resources to buy or lease land. The agreement would be that you can use the garden space and house as you like, even re-doing the beds and pathways. You would be responsible for the electric bill (our was usually around $40/mo) and procuring either propane or wood for winter supplemental heat (there is a woodstove--we used about 2 cords of wood a winter), but your rent would be in the form of work exchange (16 hours a week total) helping us with various projects, mostly farm or homestead related. The rest of your time it is up to your own ambition to work the land and landscape around you to grow things. We are happy to lend our experience and advice, but you will be doing your own work and finding your own markets.
Total garden bed space is around 3/4 acre. There is also a one acre pasture area with a 10 x 12 chicken coop which is pretty brushy and un-fenced, but has a number of half-grown fruit trees and good potential.
Brambleberry Farm is exactly one hour south of Bloomington IN and one hour northwest of Louisville KY, both with thriving local food movements and full of outlets for local food (Bloomington Farmers Market , Louisville Farmers Markets ). There is also a great farmer's market 10 min north of us in Orleans,IN and a natural foods co-op 5 min away in Paoli (LostRiverMarket & Deli ).
Sorry, but we can't allow dogs.
Since you will be farming on your own, prior experience is highly recommended. Applicants must submit a resume (can be informal list of work experience), and 3 references: 1 former employer, 1 living situation (i.e. landlord or roommate/housemate), and one personal reference (such as a mentor or friend). Send application to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 28, 2017. Applications may be accepted after this time, check brambleberryfarm.org for availability.