Hello Potential Volunteer!
Synergia Ranch is no ordinary farm. We’re happy that you recognize the work that we are doing here, and want to be a part of it. Working at Synergia, you’ll have the opportunity to:
- Learn with pioneers in the fields of sustainability & ecotechics
- Participate in fascinating eco-research with leading ecologists
- Use practical techniques to grow successful crops without chemicals in a challenging climate
- Explore the vast and magical land of Rural New Mexico
- Eat what you grow with your community
Living and Working on the Land
Thank you for your interest in staying at our farm. Here’s a general picture of what life and work at Synergia Ranch as a volunteer is like:
Hours vary by season, but usually crews work five hours a day, Monday through Friday plus 2 hours on the weekend (usually Saturday). You will get hands on experience helping with a variety of tasks from planting to weeding to harvesting and going to market. Volunteers work alongside and learn from eco-researcher, author, and organic farmer Mark Nelson, and farmer, permaculturist and ecological designer Jacob Aman in the fruit orchard and vegetable gardens. We are certified organic by the USDA and use practical techniques to grow successful crops without chemicals (inroganic fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides etc) in this semi-arid climate. We cultivate our market garden using permanent no-dig beds and have an on-site soil biology laboratory.
Once you are finished with your day’s work, you are free to enjoy the laid back and fun atmosphere on the ranch. You have time to enjoy hiking trails, peruse our library, explore nearby cities and attractions, etc. Dinners are in the community kitchen.
Lodging is either in a beautiful (1 person) room with nearby (shared) bathroom and shower facilities in our adobe buildings or other options may also be available. You’ll make your own breakfasts and lunches from our well-stocked refrigerators and pantry in our ranch kitchen. All of the ranch residents eat dinner together three times week, sharing the cooking and cleaning responsabilities. These dinners integrate art and socializing and are an opportunity to exchange with other eco-tecnic pioneers who live on the ranch. You’ll be taking a turn on cooking detail once a week for community meals, and are responsible for cleaning up after yourself in the kitchen after solo use.
If you have any questions before, during or after submitting your application, please contact Jacob Aman (email) or call (360) 870-9434 for more information.
We look forward to hearing from you and hope to work with you!
If it sounds like we might be a match, please complete our resident volunteer / work trade application.