Overview of the farm:

Against the Grain is a small-scale diversified farm located 15 minutes from downtown Boone in Zionville, NC. We live on a 35 acre farm and raise a broad spectrum of Certified Biodynamic and Organic vegetables on a little under 2 acres. We also raise Thanksgiving Turkeys and Animal Welfare Approved, GMO-free, pasture-raised chicken, pork, beef and goat. 

The 2018 season will be our seventh year in crop production and fifth year in animal production at our current farm place. During the growing season, we will primarily raise vegetables, pasture pork, poultry, beef, and turkeys.  Our three primary markets include two weekly farmer’s markets, several local restaurants, and our CSA.


Internships generally involve learning by doing. In the process of doing the work of the farm, interns will have the opportunity to gain experience in:

  • Planting techniques
  • Soil fertility
  • Weed control
  • Pest management
  • Irrigation
  • Harvesting
  • Marketing
  • Equipment use/maintenance
  • Record keeping
  • Livestock management


Occasionally, we will have evening discussion/films on topics including soil fertility, basic botany, and management of weeds, insects, and diseases. We also have a small farm library, to which interns will have full access.

Other educational resources include a CRAFT network, hosted by Blue Ridge Women in Ag, which hosted field days on farms in our area, and we strongly encourage interns to attend. There is also a weekly Biodynamic/Anthroposphical study group that is an option for interns.

Our season typically gets busy around the end of March and comes to a close by the end of November.  In order to support the growth and education of our full-time apprentices, we typically have monthly check-ins with each apprentice in order to address any issues that may arise proactively and facilitate individual interests and inclinations.



Photo by Alistar Burke

For the 2018 season:

  • We are able to provide housing for four interns
  • The housing options include two off-grid sheds or “sleep shacks” and a camper
  • We are in the process building a communal kitchen for cooking and relaxing
  • The time commitment for full-time apprentices will vary from 45-65 hours per week.
  • Stipend amount will be based on experience and is negotiable, but generally, we start at $600/month, with a trial period and beginning of the internship
  • Individuals who live off the farm should commit 20 to 25 hours of work per week
  • School credit is an option

Please contact Holly Whitesides 828-406-4439 or for availability and an application.


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