1) Shining Mountain Herbs is a small certified organic medicinal herb farm, in process of obtaining their Demeter certification, located at the base of the Mount Sneffles Range of the San Juan Mountains at 7,000 ft. Shining Mountain Herbs is an excellent place to learn about high altitude farming, medicinal herbs, and herbal medicine making. Currently there are around 30 different types of western, ayurvedic, and Chinese herbs grown at the farm, in addition to culinary herbs and vegetables.
2)The farm specializes in high altitude medicinal herbs. Growing herbs for use in the Shining Mountain product line, plus selling herbs to herbalists around the country. The farm consists of two cultivated 1 acre fields and 36 alpine acres that are being used for wild cultivation. Shining Mtn is currently wild cultivating osha, golden seal, black cohosh, eleuthero, dioscorea, and arnica.There are also a wide variety of medicinal herbs being cultivated including: angelica archangelica, calendula, catnip, dandelion, Echinacea angustifolia, elecampane, hawthorn, lady’s mantle, lemon balm, maralroot, motherwort, nettle, St. John’s wort, skullcap (both scutellaria laterfilora and scutellaria baicalensis), spilanthes acmella, valerian, wormwood, yarrow, Chinese red sage, and osha. Culinary herbs and organic vegetables are grown for all the folks at the farm.
Each day at the farm provides interns a variety of learning experiences. The days usually consist of planting, cultivating, watering, harvesting etc. Days are fun, but can be quite physical, so it is essential that interns be in good physical condition and come physically and mentally prepared to work and learn. Some of the subjects that will be covered over the summer will be: plant germination, cultivation, harvest, biodynamic preparation and storage; farm record keeping for organic certification and year to year field analysis; wildcraftng; compost preparation and analysis; cover cropping/green manuring, shading/freeze protection, seed saving, controlling weeds/diseases/pests, biodynamic preparation storing/stirring/calibrating sprayer/record keeping, formulating herbal mixtures, making tinctures, making salves, processing herbs; Colorado water rights, law and implications; irrigation systems, and equipment maintenance/use and safety procedures. Interns will have a research project that they will design, implement and report on while on the farm. The intern coordinator will also be arranging tours to other regional organic and biodynamic farms throughout the summer.
3) There is no cost for this internship. Shining Mountain offers a beautiful place to work and live. There is on-site housing in comfortable, furnished wall tents along with a commons kitchen for meal preparation and shared space. There is a plumbed bathroom and outdoor shower. Interns are responsible for their own food expense, consumable household items, transportation and maintenance of their living quarters and commons kitchen. Food from the communal vegetable garden will be available for everybody on the farm as it comes into season. The veggie garden is most abundant starting in late June/early July.