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 20 acre farm and raise a broad spectrum of vegetables on a little under 2 acres. We also raise pasture chicken, turkey, pork, beef and goat. 

2016 will be our fifth year in crop production and third year in animal production at our current farm place. During the growing season, we will primarily raise vegetables, pasture pork, poultry, meat goats, and turkeys for the above-described markets.  We also have a passion for growing seed and grain crops and will continue to expand this portion of our farm.



Photo by Alistar Burke



Photo by Alistar Burke


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.



Photo by Alistar Burke

For the 2016 season:

  • We are able to provide housing for two interns
  • The housing includes an off the grid shed and a camper with a common area for cooking and relaxing.
  • The time commitment will vary from 45-65 hours per week.
  • Stipend amount will be based on experience and is negotiable, but generally, we start at $500/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.


Click below for more details:

Internship Description 2016


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


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