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One of the most inspiring parts of our lives is the joy, energy and curiosity that young people bring to Blue Rock Station.  Over the years, folks have found their way here and many have asked to stay for a few weeks or months to learn a bit and experience a greener lifestyle.

Our internship program began in 2007 when Elyse Perruchon called (pictured far right, with Annie, and to her left, our second intern Caroline Ebert) and asked if she might intern with us for part of the summer.

The idea of interns had occurred to us - and Elyse was so sweet, intelligent that we gave it a try.  Over the years the program has grown (and become a bit more formalized).  By 2010 we were receiving far more requests for internships than we could manage (we had to turn away over 20 wonderful candidates).  Each year we receive more applications than we could possibly handle.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming an intern at Blue Rock Station, read on...

2017 Summer Internships  (April through September – minimum two weeks but for a real learning experience four weeks or more is best)

At Blue Rock Station, a green living farm, we take pride in our ability to translate green living principles (re-think, repair, reuse, reduce, recycle, respect) into ways to live happy and fulfilling lives. The goal for the summer intern program is to provide a wide range of opportunities for each person who lives, eats and works at the farm to find their own definition of sustainability by designing and building at least one project.

Interns live and work at Blue Rock Station. Annie and Jay Warmke, the owners and operators have lived in other parts of the world and enjoy hosting interns from around the globe, as well as from the US. Blue Rock Station plays host to many international groups annually and encourages an exchange of learning among visitors and interns. Sustainable living translates easily into any language.

2010 Interns (Anne-Lise and Marie not yet arrived)

These are the projects we're looking at for 2017.  Everything depends on the skill level of the interns and fellows, plus time, energy, funding and more.

Skill-building Projects

•        Design and build water collection for the tiny house project
•        Design and build solar electric system for the tiny house project 
•        Design and complete finish work on the tiny house (325 sq ft building) including making straw blocks for insulation & earthen plastering
•        Finish work on existing buildings (new barn, Earthship, Dogwood Chalet) including work on a water heating system for the New Barn (working with University of Dayton student)
•        Design and build a root cellar

•    Implement the beginning phases of the forest management plan for BRS
•    Map the 33 acres of forest at BRS
•    Create a forest walking tour that includes signage for plants/trees

Food production/preservation
•    Plant spring garden/create schedule for succession planting
•    Plan and plant the summer, fall or winter garden
•    Conduct a food preservation program
•    Create water system for west pasture

•    Create videos for use with BRS booklets including rammed-earth tire foundation construction and how to build a plastic bottle greenhouse
•    Create regular podcasts for BRS projects

Skills You’ll Learn
•    Participate in the photovoltaic system installation to learn the basics (May and September)
•    Learn how to make and apply a variety of earthen plasters     
•    Assist in a straw bale build including rammed-earth tire foundation work
•    Goat herd management including milking and natural health
•    Assist with garden food planning & production
•    General farm chores that might include feeding llamas, milking goats, feeding pigs, working in the garden
•    Lead and participate in tours
•    Participate in menu planning, daily cooking and food preservation
•    Assist other interns in their projects
•    Write about your experiences and projects for blogs and/or a publication