1 apprentice opening still available for 2012 at Meadowlark Hearth. The farm also welcomes visits from individuals or couples interested in 2013 positions.
At Meadowlark Hearth, our main focus is the development of biodynamic seed out of a whole farm organism. We grow, select, process and distribute a wide variety of seeds grown organically and biodynamically. We also strive for social and ecological outreach in a conservative rural agribusiness based region. We have a vegetable CSA which began in 2011 and have been going to the local farmers markets since 2010. We are in the first years of restoration and development of this prairie farm that has suffered from forty years of chemical based extraction agriculture. All this together provides a unique learning opportunity which we share with whoever works on the farm, including field history records showing how the farm has evolved from conventional to biodynamic and organic production.
Farmers Beth and Nathan Corymb each have decades of experience practicing biodynamics -- since 1979 and 1983 respecively. We use the biodynamic preparations and intend to increase their use. We take a keen interest in the landscape and its native plants and animals, watching how they interact with the farming practices. We seek to follow a Goethian approach/outlook.
We look for ways to connect with the wider community, economy and culture through finding meaningful work on our farm so that people access it and participate in it. We pay attention to the cycles and seasons in relation to the stars and planets. Our cows have horns.
We are looking for apprentices who have at least one year of agriculture/gardening experience, have acquaintance with and interest in biodynamics, as well as an interest to commit to seed work and biodiversity.
Meadowlark Hearth is a participating Mentor Farm in the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP). For more details on the farm and the apprenticeship, please visit the farm's profile in our NABDAP program pages.