Manzana Springs Vegetable Farm is a small scale diversified vegetable farm in Moab, Utah which produces fresh, local food that goes beyond organic.
Work and Learning Opportunities
2014 Volunteer Opportunities: During the 2014 season we do not have any paid or live in volunteer positions available. Although we will not be able to host WWOOFers (Willing Workers On Organic Farms), Manzana Springs is seeking hard working, motivated volunteers who already have a place to stay in Moab. We can arrange different schedules and volunteers always leave with some fresh veggies. Join with our longtime volunteers who help out every year and help us make 2014 a success.
How to Become a Volunteer at Manzana Springs Vegetable Farm:
1) Read about our farm and volunteer program on this website and decide if Manzana Springs sound right for you.
2) Figure out what times and days you are available to volunteer and contact us to see what might work.
Please contact us if you have any questions about volunteering or WWOOFing.
About Manzana Springs
The following is an attempt to give prospective volunteers an idea of what our farm and the work will be like, so that you can decide if it would be right for you.
The Farmers - Manzana Springs Vegetable Farm is managed by Chris Kauffman and Adrea Lund, we are both 36, and have degrees in Biology from Earlham College a Quaker school in Richmond, IN where we met and became life partners. Chris grew up here in Moab, while Adrea is a transplant from the Midwest. Adrea apprenticed on three different organic farms before deciding that it was time to start her own farm. Adrea and Chris moved back to Moab, UT in December 2001 and together began farming on Chris' parent's property in 2002 (see pictures of us). In 2012 we welcomed our son Noah as the newest member of our family.
2014 will be our thirteenth season of growing vegetables in Moab. Since the farm's beginning we have both had various jobs off of the farm. Over the years we have been trying to find the right balance between farming and pursing other careers. From 2005 to 2013 Adrea worked full time at the local library as the Head of Adult Services. Now she works part-time and spends most of her day raising Noah. Chris is now working full time for the State of Utah and continues to work part-time managing a native plant nursery for a company called Wildland Scapes. These off-farm jobs have created a more sustainable balance in our lives, and we continue farming in order to create a lifestyle for ourselves and an alternative food supply for our community. The farm continues to make a significant contribution to our local food supply and we are committed to producing food using environmentally responsible methods. Our goal is to build up the health of our soil, our local ecosystem, and our local community.
The Farm - We have 110 3'x50' beds (approximately one acre) most of which will be planted in a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, flowers and cover crops. Ten of our beds are in a plastic covered hoop houses for season extension. We have recently started cover cropping additional acres to improve the soil for use sometime in the future. We are not certified organic but we do not use any synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. We describe our farm as "beyond organic" because, in addition to being free of synthetic pesticides and herbicides, our food is always - fresh, local and hand-crafted! We practice succession planting and intensive spacing (on some crops) in order to produce as much as possible on the land we have. We have marketed our vegetables at the Moab Farmer's Market, to local restaurants, the local natural foods store, a local supermarket and through a 20 member CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. We are currently marketing the majority of our produce through the local natural food store, a local supermarket and a few local restaurants. The farm itself sits on 8 acres with Chris' parents house, an old barn, a small apple orchard (manzana is Spanish for apple), a natural year round spring, and beautiful views of the La Sal Mountains and surrounding red rocks. We use drip irrigation to water our vegetable crops, and we do most of our work by hand with the help of a roto-tiller and tractor. (see pictures of the farm, our farmers market stand and our produce).
The Work - We are looking for responsible, hard-working, friendly, physically fit people, who love working outside in all kinds of weather, and who have an interest in experiencing work on a very small vegetable farm. Volunteers may help with harvesting, washing and packing vegetables, or planting, weeding, mulching, setting up irrigation, starting seeds - whatever needs to be done.
Days here in Moab during the spring, summer, and fall can be very hot and dry (sometimes incredibly windy), although we often get afternoon thunderstorms in late summer. We want potential volunteers to be prepared mentally for the prospect of working outside in such hot and dry conditions. We are very committed to keeping our standards high and producing a high quality product - attention to detail is very important and always necessary - we pride ourselves on providing our community with fresh, clean, beautiful vegetables.
Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. Thank you for your interest!
Chris Kauffman and Adrea Lund
Manzana Springs Vegetable Farm
1851 Spanish Valley Dr.
Moab, UT 84532