Internships

Internships are opportunities for students who have done Permaculture learning/workshops/ courses here at Koanga or elsewhere, to further their learning by gaining practical experience in their field of interest.

If you have a passion for growing nutrient dense food and seed saving or forest gardening  and propagating trees, teaching others or starting your own business, Koanga offers several  internships at no cost to you, designed to help you on your journey, and support us to get the work done.

These internships are unique as you are not only learning from experienced experts in your desired area of focus but you are also sitting within the wider Koanga framework and could immerse yourself in far wider learning than your specific internship will provide, including all aspects of soil health, crop health and human health, and many other  aspects, as well as experiencing living simply.

Internships can be suitable for couples wanting to learn together.

We have a range of possibilities;

            NEW! Food security, Building and Appropriate Technology internship

            NEW! Food security and Resilience internship

            Forest garden and Tree nursery internships

            Food production and seed saving internship

            Internships in Hokianga

Read on for more information!

Forest garden and Tree nursery internships

 

2021 internships:

One year Forest Garden Internship Beginning June or July. Could be  one person or a couple

Serious contenders only please, this is an amazing opportunity. This is a paid internship with deductions made for accommodation, some food, mentoring, tuition and courses etc. 

Forest Garden Interns  will 

  • Love and be experienced at physical outdoor most weather, work

  • Love trees, and life in the forest 

  • Be keen to learn to design implement and manage forest gardens

  • Be interested in a career in forest gardening, either domestic or commercial scale fruit production  

  • Be excited to learn /experience living simply, reconnecting with the natural world, growing own food, rocket stove technology, earth building technology

  • Be passionate about the Koanga vision and willing to actively support that vision

On this Forest Garden internship you will be taught by our  experienced and skilled  Forest Garden and Nursery managers, and others on the Koanga Team. You will -:

  • Learn Forest Garden design, as an ongoing discussion during work time with Murray, and through using the Design Your own Forest Garden Booklet as a guide to design your own projects during study time  with Kay as a mentor  on Monday evening sessions

  • Build knowledge of  various ways of implementing Forest Garden designs in different situations 

  • Learn to manage a forest garden on a daily basis,  based on principles of science and the laws of nature with Murray

  • * Gain an understanding the role of heritage fruit trees within this ecosystem

  • Come to  understand the role of heritage fruit trees  and best practice management of them 

  • Learn to understand the roles of support species within the forest garden and best practice management 

  • Understand how to to create and maintain  soil and tree health

  • Learn a  wide range of propagation techniques,  as practiced in our nursery to be able to propagate all the trees required to grow your ow forest garden

  • Learn to harvest seeds and fruit from the forest garden. 

  • Learn to harvest and store forest garden produce. Eg bottling, freezing, drying, and fermentation of fruit

As part of this internship, Koanga provides free 

  • Propagation and Pruning Workshops

  • 5 day Forest Garden Masterclass in September, meals included

  • Free copies of all the Koanga Booklets

  • Access to our library of international books on the topic of your internship 

  • Free access to all online workshops 

  • Regular mentoring/training while at work plus extra teaching each week

This Internship runs over the busiest, most critical time of the year in the forest garden and nursery. There is a huge amount to learn, but in the end how much you learn will be up to you. We’re looking for highly motivated passionate Interns who want to get a lot out of this opportunity which could be life changing.

We are a very down to earth, highly motivated team with a vast range of expertise who love to share our knowledge and give you the best learning possible by always going that extra mile.

Spaces are strictly limited and we ask that if you are interested you e-mail [email protected] and request an internship application form 

We are a charitable trust and this is regarded by us as volunteer work done in the spirit of providing the best practical learning experience we can for you trusting that you will give it your all as well. We give you a place to stay, a light earth insulated caravan or cabin with rocket stove heating and cooking, rocket stove showers and hand washing machine. composting toilets etc . There is an intern vege garden, and you will have whatever fruit there is available in the forest garden and eggs as well, plus comfortable library and internet access, as well as a very special experience here at Koanga where you can experience, learn, and be inspired by the things you are keen to learn about.

We will choose people who are committed to living simply locally, and creating regenerative futures for local communities and the planet, and who can show us they are capable of the commitment and the physical work, outdoors in most weather, and who we feel are able to cope with very basic caravan living conditions… and are totally passionate about learning.

New! Food security, building and appropriate technology internship

 

More information coming soon!

New! Local food security and resilience internship

 

Serious contenders only please, this is an amazing opportunity. We are currently finalising details but the information below gives a broad outline.

1 year INTERNSHIP with the possibility of this being extended out in some way, so that the recipient becomes skilled in all areas of Homesteading including Food Production, Food Self Reliance and Resilience.

This intern will be learning to

    • Take care of the kitchen garden, using Koanga best practice regenerative methods

    • Manage chickens following regenerative practices

    • Manage and milk the cows following Management Intensive Grazing methods

    • Harvest and store forest garden produce

    • Harvest and process for storage excess food in the gardens

    • Prepare and cook nutrient dense food for staff and support on workshops, using home grown and local organic produce

Internship begins in late May 2021 and will begin with a focus on building animal management skills,(including Management Intensive Grazing and hand milking, and managing poultry) and Cooking and Preparing Nutrient Dense Food skills.

In September you will move into the Koanga Gardening Masterclass, and from there will build gardening skills.

Another aspect of this internship is the mahi in the kitchen, learning to prepare and cook nutrient dense meals, for Seed Packing nights as well as support on our workshops in the kitchen. Once Summer comes there will be harvesting, processing and storage of fruit and vege . Holidays will be before calving in Winter!

This opportunity is a key part of ensuring that Koanga is able to effectively supply our own quality fruit and vege and eggs to the Koanga kitchen, The person who receives this internship will be a strong member of the Koanga team interacting with most of us to strengthen Koanga and all who sit within that.

A role this person will be doing is facilitating staff meals and access to good food, via the Koanga Co Op.

You Will Receive:-

    • Accomodation in house, including library, kitchen, internet etc

    • Access to a wide range of basic food needs

    • Mentorship/training/support in

          • Animal management and breeding, from Taiamai

          • Biointensive gardening, from Michele

          • Harvesting, processing and storing fruit vege etc from Kay

          • Designing and maintaining a locally sourced nutrient diet. Kay

          • Preparing and Cooking Nutrient Dense Food. Kay

    • The opportunity to work with the garden crew and the forest garden and nursery crew to gain experience

    • You will be able to attend the Gardening Masterclass, as well as the Poultry Workshop

    • You will have access to all the Koanga Online Workshops

This person needs to be-

    • Excited about joining and supporting a team of people working to create Regenerative Land Use models, and regenerative food production systems as models for a regenerative future

    • Confident with animals, cows, sheep, pigs, and wanting to learn how to manage regenerative animal systems

    • Excited about hand milking house cows in all weather!

    • Wanting to learn to garden in ways that build soil health and grow high BRIX food

    • Excited about learning traditional ways of harvesting storing and processing seasonal crops

    • Must be very happy working alone in the outdoors in most weather for a significant amount of the time

    • Strong and fit enough to do the work

    • Be super keen to learn how to cook and prepare foods that follow the principles of the Weston Price Foundation and be excited about living and eating simply in a way that creates soil plant, animal and human health

    • Motivated and able to share what you are doing and learning with others

Food production and seed saving internship

- next one is 11th January to 26th March 2021 - applications CLOSED

As part of this internship you will work alongside our gardeners learning skills such as:

  • Bio-intensive practices

  • How to work efficiently with low impact on your body.

  • Propagation

  • Regenerative soil development techniques

  • Growing nutrient dense food.

  • Garden planning and management

  • Plant health

  • Compost making

  • Harvesting and seed cleaning techniques

We asked our recent interns what their experience of Koanga was and here are their responses:

I thought I was doing pretty good growing my own vegetables and eating organically as much as possible- but wow, coming to Koanga made me realise just how much more I can do, to tread lightly on earth as well as grow even more nutrient dense food. It’s so inspiring to be apart of it, with a bunch of knowledgeable individuals in many different areas relating to different aspects of regenerative living. I’m incredibly grateful to be apart of the seed internship and have the opportunity to to learn and grow with some seriously talented individuals”

-Sophiemarie Bethell

I came to Koanga on an internship on forest garden and nursery production which included the two week permaculture design course, which i have wanted to do for years. Little did I know I would be getting so much more. From nutritional health, looking after geese and fowl and seed saving to alternative technology and more. My mentors here at Koanga Institute are happy to share all the knowledge you need to live a regenerative life. I will be leaving here well equipped and grateful for the opportunity to live and learn in this awesome place.”

-Alistair Mckay

We are a very down to earth, highly motivated team with a vast range of expertise that love to share our knowledge and give you the best learning possible by always going that extra mile.

Spaces are strictly limited and we ask that if you are interested you e-mail [email protected]g.nz and request an internship application form or to be put on the mailing list for internships as they become available. 

We are a charitable trust and this is regarded by us as volunteer work done in the spirit of providing the best practical learning experience we can for you trusting that you will give it your all as well. We give you a place to stay, caravan with basic cooking and facilities plus comfortable library and internet access, as well as a very special experience here at Koanga where you can experience, learn, and be inspired by the things you are keen to learn about.

If you choose the Heritage Seed and Food Production Internship you will be able to do the Koanga Food Security Week and the Koanga Seed Week. If you do the Forest Garden Nursery Internship you will do the Propagation workshop and the Koanga Tree Week as well as working along side mentors most of the time doing practical work.

Koanga does not provide food, so you will need to be able to support yourself whilst here. We will choose people who are committed to living simply locally, and creating regenerative futures for local communities and the planet, and who can show us they are capable of the commitment and the physical work, outdoors in most weather, and who we feel are able to cope with very basic caravan living conditions… and are totally passionate about learning.

 

Internships in Hokianga

Looking for interns from Spring 2021

Gail and John, who have been linked with Koanga for many years, also offer internships of around 3 to 6 months on a wwoofing type basis at their farm in Hokianga.

They are seed growers, hold the Northern Koanga Fruit Tree Collection on their land and Gail is employed by Koanga in a number of roles. They live on a 65 acre farm not far from Rawene and have gardens and orchards as well as Dexter Cattle, Arapawa and Wiltshire Sheep, and the usual mix of ducks, chooks, and geese.
They have lots of projects on and are looking for interns to stay for several months. Interns need to be interested in all aspects of regenerative living including gardening, orchards, woodlots, food preparation and preservation, milking, building, and animal care. They need to be flexible and prepared to do what needs doing at different times of year and a significant part of the focus is on gardening. They are looking for interns who are quick learners with good practical aptitude and are enthusiastic about trying to live in a different way. There is no requirement to have undertaken a Permaculture Design Course.

If you are interested please e-mail [email protected] for more information.

Gail and John's garden