the old fort
The Education Garden is a half acre production and demonstration garden devoted to giving Fort Lewis interns an introduction to small-scale sustainable farming. Established in 2006, the education garden has since added two high tunnels for summer pepper production and winter greens production. Inspired by biointensive farming techniques and worked mostly by hand, skills taught in the Education Garden are applicable to backyard gardens and small farms.
Every summer, the Education Garden offers an unpaid internship program from May through early August. Interns receive a well-rounded sampling of the work that goes in to small-scale agriculture, from helping with bed preparation and planting early in the season, to harvesting, weeding, and marketing into the summer.
The Education Garden can also hire students with work study who have a demonstrated interest in sustainable farming. In the fall semester, hours are available from August through November; in the spring, students can work from February through April.
The Old Fort at Hesperus is a growing and multi-faceted answer to farmer training in the Four Corners region. Welcoming everyone from college interns to incubator farmers ready to start a business, the Old Fort offers good (and challenging) growing conditions, supportive and knowledgeable staff, a lively community of young & beginning farmers, and rich resources for high elevation market farming.
For more information about how to purchase Old Fort produce, or a current application for internships or work study, please email the Program Manager Elicia Whittlesey.