Oregon – Rogue Farm Corps hiring Interns

Ashland, Oregon

APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN FOR ROGUE FARM CORPS’ 2018 FARMER TRAINING PROGRAMS
APPLY FOR FREE UNTIL JANUARY 15 (APPLICATION FEE BEGINS JANUARY 16)

ROGUE FARM CORPS’ INTERNSHIP PROGRAM:
Rogue Farm Corps’ Internship Program is a full season entry-level residential farmer training program combining hands-on training and skills-based education in sustainable agriculture. Participants live and train full-time on a host farm, receiving up to 1,500 hours of on-farm training and learning in-depth skills from a mentor farmer. The residential farm training experience is enhanced with the addition of farm tours, classes, and discussion circles throughout the region, as well as an in-depth independent project. Interns are exposed to a vast array of knowledge and expertise by engaging in the daily life of vibrant, agricultural communities. Rogue Farm Corps works with more than 20 host farms located in the Rogue Valley, the Portland Metro Area, the South Willamette Valley, and Central Oregon, providing experiences with vegetable production, animal husbandry, dairy, diverse operations, and more.

For profiles of specific host farms, all program details, application process, and more, please visit our website: http://roguefarmcorps.org

ON-FARM TRAINING (~40+ HOURS/WEEK)
The Internship is a hands-on learning experience. The vast majority of your time will be spent learning by doing. Interns train alongside their mentor farmer and independently to develop skills while accomplishing daily tasks that move their host farm along through the season.
Rogue Farm Corps works closely with farm mentors to provide interns with a skill-based curriculum that is unique to each host farm.  Our Chapter Coordinators will conduct formal on-site evaluations with interns and host farmers to ensure that interns’ education and training goals are being met.

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS: CLASSES, FARM TOURS, AND DISCUSSIONS (~3-5 TIMES PER MONTH)
To augment the training and learning at each host farm, participants join other interns in the local region for classes that teach practical skills as well as foundational concepts and knowledge, farm tours, discussion circles and potlucks throughout the agricultural region. These are led by Rogue Farm Corps staff, agricultural professionals, and expert farmers who employ a variety of teaching approaches and locations, from traditional classroom settings to experiential on-farm settings.
INDEPENDENT PROJECTS (~1-2 HOURS PER WEEK)
During the course of the farming season, every intern will complete an independent project, submit a report and make a short presentation at the end-of-season Closing Dinner. Examples of previous independent projects include raising a small flock of ducks for market, constructing a root crop storage room, developing recipe cards for market customers, and building an outdoor cob oven.
PROGRAM DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS
The Internship Program begins between March 15 and April 15 and concludes between October 15 and November 15 depending on the host farm. Room, board, and stipend packages vary from farm to farm. Interns are assured safe, secure housing, farm-produced food and some staples, and a monthly stipend. Each host farmer determines the details. To successfully complete the program, interns will complete 1,000 to 1,500 hours of on-farm training time, submit weekly reflective journal entries, complete an independent project, and attend all classes and farm tours.

For profiles of specific host farms, all program details, application process, and more, please visit our website: http://roguefarmcorps.org

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