The Old Fort

Education Garden

Veggies in the sun


The Education Garden is a half acre production space 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.

Vegetables grown in the Education Garden supply the Fort Lewis College Dining Hall, the Campus Farm Stand, a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture program), the Old Fort Country Store, local restaurants, and customers at the Farmington Grower’s Market.

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 contact the Program Manager Elicia Whittlesey at

Internship Opportunities

Hoop house and shed with rainbow in background

A one-half acre education garden was established in 2006 to work with Fort Lewis College students and community members.  It serves as the hub for student interns, cooperative extension programs and small variety trials. A high tunnel was added in 2010 for season extension crops like peppers and winter greens. A second high tunnel will begin production in Summer, 2017.

Food grown in this space is used to supply the Campus Farm Stand, wholesale accounts, farmers markets in Farmington and Cortez, the Old Fort Market Garden CSA and Sodexo dining services.


Learn how to farm on a small-scale market garden…. and fulfill internship credits by farming!

Between May 1 and August 15, Old Fort interns participate in daily farm operations from 8am to 2pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and/or Fridays. This unpaid internship prepares aspiring farmers for future opportunities in farming programs at the Old Fort and beyond!

Intern opportunities include:

  1. Field work in Education Garden and Farmer-In-Training plot:  Interns assist with soil prep, seeding, planting, irrigation, weeding, and harvesting. Experience the full growing cycle and gain skills in all aspects of vegetable production!

  2. Marketing Old Fort produce:  Interns help staff the Old Fort Farm Stand and contribute to packing and delivering CSA shares, produce for restaurants, and FLC dining hall orders. Experience the joy of selling what you’ve grown!

  3. Leadership and teamwork:  Interns assist with teaching and supervising groups of volunteers in garden work. A chance to teach others your hard-earned skills!

Email the garden manager Elicia at 

Download 2017 Intern Application