Internships at Setha's Seeds

Education is something that brings great joy to us. We love sharing the knowledge we have gained over the years with folks interested in picking up the seed growing torch. 

Our internships are a work exchange where learning by doing fosters an environment for individuals to better their skills and helps us acheive our goals together. Work hours are flexible each day, especially once a routine is established. We ask that you work 6 hours/day, 6 days/week. It is possible to take longer periods off for short trips away etc as long as we are all agreed to the time chosen befoerhand. There are also times, when we will need to go away and we ask for you to be on site to oversee things.

All our interns will be provided with accomodation on site.  We have a private cabin with a loft queen bed. There are cooking facilites and a living area inside as well.  Interns have their own composting toilet and have access to a shower and washing machine. Wifi access is available as well. Although, you will need to provide your own device.

Food is provided out of the garden and some things are purchased to supplement. All types of eaters welcome. We are omnivores. If you have special dietary requirments, you may need to provide some of your own foods.

Our small daughter moves in and out of the day while working with us, and the ideal people to be here are those who enjoy being with young kids. She is great fun and sometimes if agreed to prior, it is very helpful if some work hours can be used towards child minding to allow for our focus to be in the garden. This is not mandatory, just a great perk for us if it works out!

We live rurally and 45 min from Napier, we have been told by privious interns that it is ideal for a couple to be here, or someone who is comfortable working and being by themselves. We spend a lot of time together, but outside of the workday and shared meals, there is a lot of time where you will need to be able to keep yourself entertained. It is also ideal, if you have your own vehicle, although not necessary, and we will offer to take you into town and along to some social/music occasions too. 

From Alexis Hand - Autumn 2019 Intern

  "Bountiful, beautiful, inspiring, and yum!"

Setha, Roddy, and their daughter are some of the kindest, most genuinely caring, and fun people I have had the opportunity to spend time with. They are happy to share their knowledge, open to learning new things, and express gratitude for your help. The accommodation in a new tiny home is top-notch cozy. The food nourishes tummy, heart, and soul. The landscape is beautiful, bees thriving, garden humming with vitality, soil the healthiest I've seen in my eight years of gardening, and lovely people with which to enjoy this abundant, simple lifestyle. Do your mind, body, and spirit the favor of living and learning with Setha and Roddy! Also, there is an awesome hike right out the backdoor to Lake Tutira!

From Caitlin Bell - Spring/Summer/Autumn 2017/18 Intern

I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend the summer of 2017-18 in Tutira, doing an internship with Roddy Setha & little River Rose. It's the first time I have worked on the land through the whole growing season (which was a great privilege) following Roddy & Setha's plans, well practiced organic, bio-intensive methods. It was a productive, busy, fascinating, richly-rewarding, fun-time. One of the focuses was raising seedlings for crops & at the end of the season, processing the seed for saving. I found Setha's experience with seed invaluable & was given plenty of practice along with her careful guidance. My heart-felt thanks to both Roddy & Setha for their time & effort showing me the ropes.  


Spring Internship

September 2019 – November 2019

Come and learn about getting the growing season underway on a heritage seed farm. Spring is an exciting time in the garden as we prepare ground, sow seeds, and fertilise for the season ahead. We use organic and permaculture principles in our seed garden and teach all of the hows and whys behind what we do. Tasks and skills include:

1. Seed Propagation/Nursery Skills

2. Transplanting

3. Garden Bed Prep

4. Irrigation and water management for healthy plants

5. Fertilising the garden and how to grow nutrient dense plants, food and seeds

6. Garden Maintenance – weeding, mulching, foliar feeding, compost tea preparations.

7. Learn the criteria for planting, genetic diversity, rogueing and selection for healthy seed growing.

Other things you will be exposed to:

1. Tiny house building

2. Do it yourself building

3. Music – we are in a band and live on a property where folk music festivals are held periodically.

4. Farmhouse cooking – using the whole animal, lactic fermented foods like sourdough, yogurt and sauekraut.

5. Beekeeping – we have hives on the farm, managed by a friend.

Autumn Internship 

March 2020 – June 2020

Come and learn about all the end of season seed harvesting and processing techniques. From mid- summer on we are harvesting seed as it ripens in the field, drying and processing it for sale the next year. Whether you are a novice or wanting to more fully develop your seed knowledge this is a great time to learn in the garden about saving seeds and storing them for future use. Tasks and skills include:

1. Seed harvesting for both wet and dry seed

2. Wet seed processing and drying

3. Dry seed drying and processing

4. Storing seed techniques and methods

5. Seed selection and rogueing

6. Seed Propagation/Nursery Skills

7. Transplanting

8. Garden Bed Prep

9. Irrigation and water management for healthy plants

10. Fertilising the garden and how to grow nutrient dense plants, food and seeds

11. Garden Maintenance – weeding, mulching, foliar feeding, compost tea preparations.

Other things you will be exposed to:

1. Tiny house building

2. Do it yourself building

3. Music – we are in a band and live on a property where folk music festivals are held periodically.

4. Farmhouse cooking – using the whole animal, lactic fermented foods like sourdough, yogurt and

5. Beekeeping – we have hives on the farm, managed by a friend.  

For more information or to express interest in either of these internships please contact us via email. All enquiries welcome and considered, this is our rough timelines and we can be flexible to suit your needs. We look forward to hearing from interested folks.