Cool volunteer / internship opportunity coming at you via the Farm to Neighbors Wechat: Vera’s Permaculture Farm out in Shisan Ling (near the Ming tombs) is looking for volunteers. The farm includes a family vegetable garden, an orchard, and eight goats, and is looking for weekend volunteers or interns available for a two-week residency. Their pitch: "human and social values could be gained from working in harmony with Nature rather than forcing yields for transitory grain." Amen to that.
Vera's Farm offers accommodation and meals in exchange for your labor, which starts at 5am with "some work for goats" and wraps up by 5pm, with a few lengthy breaks in between. Might be a nice chance to reconnect to your food and get out of this urban grind for a while. Find more info on the position and application procedures here.