Shii Koeii Community & Farm

Quality Food & Justice for All

INTERNSHIPS & APPRENTICESHIPS AT SHII KOEII

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We are looking for 1 person to join us as an intern/apprentice starting August 1st and stay on for at least 4 months or longer. We require previous farm experience of at least 3 months.

We are small farm growing ½ acre of vegetables and a ¼ acre of orchards, and milking three goats a day from a herd of seven, from which we make cheeses. Our scale is deliberately small so we can have an intimate relationship with each other, plants and animals. This requires more time, attention to detail, and hard physical labor.

We are political activists; in our former lives we were left-wing community organizers. We are semi-Luddites. Our spirituality considers this place sacred and we seek to honor Shii Koeii by treating her respectfully. If you come here, you will experience a very different world than both mainstream U.S. and most small farms, and we expect that you will recognize our culture as different, and for the duration of your visit, respect it.

“Shii Koeii” means “the people's water” because to the Jicarilla Apache the water as well as the land is sacred and precious. We are not indigenous, but we also believe this, and aspire to a life which reflects this belief.

With us, you will strengthen your organic farming skills in an arid climate, including dairy goat husbandry. You will work the two farmers markets we help manage (and have the opportunity to learn to manage them as well). You can also learn to make cheeses, natural skin care products, bread-baking from scratch, and natural building maintenance skills, such as making and applying earth plaster.

You can increase your level of responsibility as much as you wish provided you demonstrate to us that you are ready and can be fully trusted.

This is hands-on, experiential education that is both very physical and can be somewhat emotional. As their physical skills develop, many people also learn more about themselves, possibly getting clarity on challenging questions. There are few distractions here and we encourage people to thoughtfully reflect on what this all means.

Please be assured that while you are with us, you will work hard.
Compensation: Full room and board (including most incidentals) is provided. You must be able to eat the food we grow and create here because we don't buy much food, and when we do, it is in season and affordable for the poor. We provide wifi and free phone calls in the U.S. and Canada. We live simply (financially) and do not aspire to a middle-class life style; we neither earn nor can pay a salary commensurate with what might earn in a city. We offer financial compensation that is equal to what we earn as full time resident stewards. You will receive $133 a month and if you complete at least 4 months at Shii Koeii you will get a domestic round trip airline ticket.

You will receive clear, written and oral on your responsibilities as a member of the farm team, and a member of the community during training. You will have regular performance reviews, and we reserve the right to shorten the duration of your visit if your work or participation in the community does not meet our standards.

We look for candidates who can take responsibility and be accountable for their actions. We will only consider candidates with a demonstrated history of keeping their commitments.  Following through and completing tasks is essential. Clear-headedness and common sense are important. Candidates must be able to lift at least 50 pounds.

Also, please note that we live in a rural, somewhat remote area in the West. We are one hour's drive from the nearest large city, 25 miles from the nearest small city, and five miles from a village of 200 with few services. Our county is large, yet only about 6800 humans live in it. A passion for hiking, walking, and exploring a beautiful natural environment is strongly encouraged. This is a fantastic place to enjoy or study the stars. The neighborhood is good for hunting and trapping, fishing to a lesser extent.

While we like to eat together and share communal chores and some leisure time, you must be able to enjoy quiet and a social life that may be very different than you currently enjoy. Please note that we are strongly opposed to our interns/apprentices spending all their free time on electronic devices. Some time, of course, is fine; we spend time on computers both for work and entertainment. But the perpetually plugged in lifeway is not welcome at Shii Koeii.

During the growing season, we expect 7 hours of work 6 days a week, as well as a few hours per week for domestic chores. In exchange, we will provide a positive work environment, comfortable indoor housing or comfortable outdoor housing in a tipi furnished with bed, chest of drawers, etc, delicious, healthy food, a positive educational experience, and the opportunity to live in and explore a beautiful part of the world.

Because we are a place of healing, we are trying to move away from a dependency on drugs. Despite the changes in Colorado state law, we allow no recreational drugs at Shii Koeii, including medicinal and recreational marijuana (if you are in sufficient pain, or have sufficiently challenging behavioral health conditions, that you require medicinal marijuana, this work will be too difficult for you).

We do allow the smoking of tobacco away from the buildings, caffeine (within reason), and a VERY limited amount of beer or wine.

It should go without saying, but please be advised that homophobia, sexism, racism, classism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and all the other -isms have no place here. We are an open, affirming community for adults of all sexual orientations and gender identity.

We are thrilled to host people from all over the world. We speak English, limited Spanish and very limited French and a little bit of Levantine Arabic. If we don't speak your language yet, we'd love for you to teach us! Regrettably, we are not set up to host children at this time, nor can we host pets. This is non-negotiable so please don't ask.

TO APPLY

For this position, application is due April 1st. Final decision by April 15th.

We require one work reference and a second reference that is personal or work related. Please give us their phone number and email address.

Application

Name

Where do you live?

Phone

Email / Facebook

What about Shii Koeii interests you?

What do you hope to accomplish with your time here?

Farm Experience:

List any relevant skills/trades you have.

List any leadership/mentoring positions you have held.

What skills/qualities would you like to share at Shii Koeii?

What does living in community mean to you?

What does 'food justice' mean?

What would be your biggest challenge in coming here?

When you critically assess the person you are, what are a few positive traits and what are some areas you can improve?

What else is helpful to know about you?

Do you have any health issues we should be aware of?

Are you on prescription medication?

Do you use marijuana?

Do you have any allergies?

What is your diet?

If you were gifted three wishes, what would they be?

Beginning April 1st we will conduct phone interviews. Please ask us any questions.


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