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Hill and Hollow Farm

North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program > Participating Mentor Farms

hill and hollow farmHill and Hollow Farm is nestled in the woodland of south central Kentucky, our fields lying low with the Flat Rock creek as their boundaries. We are entering our 15th year of a 75 member CSA which serves Nashville, TN, Glasgow and Edmonton, KY. Our apprentices are fully integrated into our diverse operation which includes an active on farm educational program hosting students from our region's Waldorf schools. We created and are active participants in the Kentucky CRAFT program which offers our apprentices monthly opportunities to visit and learn with this region's other organic and BD farms. Hill and Hollow is a small thriving family farm, we offer to our apprentices the chance to see how we bought an abandoned Kentucky homestead in 1998 and turned it into the successful family operation that it is today. With small scale dairying, significant food preservation including canning, drying, freezing and lacto-fermenting, raising and using natural dyes with our farm's wool products,  shiitake mushroom cultivation and myriad of other homesteading skills used here in addition to BD management of our vegetable operation, Hill and Hollow offers a great deal of diversity and a lot of fun within our boundaries.

Size of farm: 150 acres with 5 in vegetables/flower/herb production, 25 in pasture and the remaining 120 in woodland.

Diversity of produce and livestock: 5 acres of mixed vegetables, cut flowers, herbs and small grains. Hill and Hollow's pasture land is shared by Addie our Jersey/Brown Swiss milk cow, a herd of 25 Jacob's sheep that we shear for their beautiful wool, pigs, a flock of mixed laying hens, 2 horses, Jack and Rosie, and Earl the donkey.

Skills that can be learned: See Hill and Hollow Farm's Skills Checklist.

Apprenticeship details: We want apprentices to be involved in all aspects of life here at Hill and Hollow. Our apprentices work with either Paul or me each day learning what it takes to run a CSA and live in a sustainable way off of the land. Typically, Hill and Hollow hosts 2 full-time apprentices who remain here for the duration of the main growing season, March through October. We also have other short term volunteers who come during the peak summer months. We have monthly educational workshops at regional farms as part of our Kentucky CRAFT group.  Allowing apprentices to see what other Kentucky farms are working on and offering a wonderful chance to meet and spend time with the area’s interns and farmers, the CRAFT group has proven to be one of the most successful cooperative initiatives in our region. On the farm, we begin work early each day and break at midday to share our main meal, followed by a siesta during the hottest part of the day; we regroup for an evening work period. Tasks vary with each day and with the seasons, but apprentices can expect to do some of each of the following during their stays with us. Apprenticeships are provided room and full board; accommodation varies depending on who is on the farm and length of stay. To apply please visit http://www.hillandhollowfarm.com/apprenticeships.htm

Mentor Farmers: Paul Bela and Robin Verson

Address: 8707 Breeding Road Edmonton, KY 42129

Phone: (270) 432-0567

Email: hhcsa@scrtc.com

Website: www.hillandhollowfarm.comhillandhollow.wordpress.com, radicalfarmwives.com