Oregon – Rogue Farm Corps hiring Advanced Interns

Various Locations, Oregon

RFC’S ADVANCED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

Are you ready to take your education and training to the next level and kick start your farming career? RFC’s Apprenticeship Program is the next step towards learning to manage and run a diversified farming operation.

The Apprenticeship Program is an advanced on-farm program combining hands-on training and skills-based education for those seeking mastery in the art and business of sustainable agriculture.

This full-immersion program is designed for those who have completed RFC’s Internship Program, or have two years of on-farm experience. You will live and train full-time on a host farm, receive up to two seasons of on-farm training, and learn in-depth skills from your mentor farmer.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY, PLEASE VISIT: HTTP://ROGUEFARMCORPS.ORG
ON-FARM TRAINING AND HANDS-ON LEARNING (~40+ HOURS/WEEK)

RFC’s Apprenticeship Program is designed for the individual who already has a solid foundation of farm knowledge and skills but is looking to deepen their experience managing a successful farm business with the goal of running their own farm enterprise. The majority of the program will be focused on learning by doing.

Over time, you will be expected to share responsibilities with the farmers. These tasks will generally include overseeing farm crews and harvest crews, processing, tractor cultivation, field walks and observation, record keeping, product deliveries, marketing, irrigation, and general farm maintenance.

CLASSES AND SEMINARS

In addition to the hands-on training provided by the host farm, apprentices will attend a series of classes facilitated by RFC, Oregon State University Extension’s Small Farms Program, and other agricultural service agencies.

Topics may include:

• Farm and Production Planning: Crop Plan, Tillage Plan, Seeding Plan, Cover Cropping
• Pest & Disease Management: IPM, Farmscaping, Organic Treatment Methods
• Seed Production, Variety Selection, Stewardship
• Conservation/ Restorative Agriculture: No Till, Hedgerows, Restoration Techniques, Dryland Farming
• Food Safety & Post-harvest Handling
• Irrigation Methods + System Design + Repairs
• Soil Health Management: Fertility + Nutrient Management Plan, Soil Science, Soil Test Interpretation
• Tractors and Equipment: Implements, Maintenance + Repair
• Animal Systems and/ or Perennial Systems, Pastures, Integrating Veg/Animal, Holistic Management
• Farm Carpentry and Building Infrastructure
• Managing People on the Farm, Labor Costs, Communication Systems
• Scaling Up + Exploring Distribution Channels
• Marketing: Market Research/ Assessment & Niche Selection
• Certification Programs + Record keeping
• Insurance Needs and Considerations
• Overview of Farm Business Planning, Visioning, Legal + Business Structure Considerations
• Enterprise Selection & Diversification, Evaluating and Improving Profitability
• Farm Finances- Financial Preparedness, Bookkeeping, Creative Financing & Funding Panel
• Accessing Land- Leasing Land, Purchasing Land, Working with Land Trusts & Conservation Easements, Oregon FarmLink, Networking Opportunities, Accessing Service Providers

ONE-ON-ONE FARM DEVELOPMENT COUNSELING

Rogue Farm Corps staff will work closely with you to identify additional course work and resources to support your entrepreneurial development.

PEER-TO-PEER NETWORKING

You will have the opportunity to meet and network with local farmers and agricultural professionals in the community you are working in. Rogue Farm Corps will organize farm tours and will host potluck discussion circles to bring together folks from across the farming community.

PROGRAM DETAILS

The Apprenticeship Program will run for up to two full farming seasons. You will complete up to 3,000 hours of on-farm time over the course of two seasons. Room, board, and stipend packages vary from farm to farm. In any case, you can expect safe, secure housing, farm produced food and some staples, and a monthly stipend in the range of $700-1000 or an hourly wage.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY, PLEASE VISIT: HTTP://ROGUEFARMCORPS.ORG
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Oregon – Rogue Farm Corps hiring Interns

Various Locations, Oregon

Are you looking to start a career in sustainable agriculture? RFC’s Internship Program is a great launching point for beginning farmers and ranchers with little or no previous experience.

The Internship Program is a full season entry-level residential program combining hands-on training and skills-based education in sustainable agriculture.

As an intern, you will 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 your mentor. Your residential farm training experience is combined with farm tours, classes, and discussion circles throughout the region, as well as opportunities for independent study. Interns are exposed to a vast array of knowledge and expertise by engaging in the daily life of vibrant, agricultural communities.

TO LEARN MORE AND APPLY PLEASE VISIT: 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. You will train alongside your mentor and independently to develop skills while accomplishing daily tasks that move your host farm along through the season.

Rogue Farm Corps works closely with farm mentors to provide you with a skill-based curriculum that is unique to your host farm.  Our Chapter Coordinators will conduct formal on-site evaluations with interns and host farmers to ensure that your education and training goals are being met.

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS: CLASSES, FARM TOURS, AND DISCUSSIONS (~3-5 TIMES PER MONTH)

To augment your training and learning at your host farm, you will join other interns in your 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. You can expect 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 somewhere between March 15 and April 15 and concludes somewhere between October 15 and November 15 depending on your host farm.

Room, board, and stipend packages vary from farm to farm. In any case, you can expect safe, secure housing, farm-produced food and some staples, and a monthly stipend. Each host farmer determines the details.

To successfully complete the program, you 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 outlined classes and farm tours.

TO LEARN MORE AND APPLY PLEASE VISIT: HTTP://ROGUEFARMCORPS.ORG

Colorado – Farmette Flowers hiring Field Intern

Lyons, Colorado

Farmette Flowers – Field Intern.

Apply at: www.farmetteflowers.com/employment by 2/15/18

Position duration: April 1st-October 31st, 2018, with opportunities for further employment.

 Who We Are

 We are a small flower farm and floral design studio in Lyons, CO. We operate on the property of the Lyons Farmette, an education center and wedding venue. We grow over 100 species of flowers for use in our wedding arrangements, our local grocery bouquets, and for our subscription bouquets. The farm is located in a small town that is home to two world-class music festivals and is only minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park and Boulder. We also grow herbs and vegetables for our on-farm dinners and for personal consumption. We have a little animal farm of goats, alpacas, and chickens. Between the two venues, we host 120 weddings per year, and provide flowers to about half those. It’s an incredibly beautiful place. Visit www.farmetteflowers.com and www.lyonsfarmette.com to learn more.

 This Position

 Learn to farm flowers. You will work closely with Helen to sow seed, transplant seedlings, make compost and compost tea, prepare beds, and weed plants. You will learn harvest and post-harvest handling techniques, make market and subscription bouquets, wash lots of buckets, and support the design team in setting up weddings. If your are interested in wedding floral design, there are opportunities for studio work as well. Live in a restored Airstream trailer on our quiet farm, with access to our communal vegetable garden and eggs from our chickens, learn beekeeping if you are so inclined, plus get as much goat and alpaca love as you can handle.  Live in Lyons, home of 2 world-class music festivals, close to Rocky Mountain National Park and Boulder.

 We are open about all aspects of our business to our interns, from planning the season, to planting and seed-starting, compost-making and our irrigation system, to marketing, interviewing brides, and bookkeeping. We tutor you throughout the season on how to grow and arrange flowers. We are happy to work with you on any college credit you may need. The farm is also home to many homesteading and DIY classes, from kimchi and sauerkraut making to spinning and knitting to cooking to chicken-keeping.

 Basic Qualifications

 Field interns must:

  1. Be available for the entire growing season, April 1st through October 31st.
  2. Be able to work 40 hours per week across 5 work days
  3. Have interest in and previous experience working with plants – preferably, you are a passionate caretaker of living things.
  4. Be able to bend over, squat down, lift up to 50 lbs, work quickly and efficiently, and work in hot or cold conditions. This is a physical, outdoor job, and work can be strenuous and uncomfortable at times.
  5. Be able to wake up early. We often start our day at 6AM in the hotter months.
  6. Be willing to learn. Flowers are complicated and demanding to grow, and we grow over 100 species, each with their own peculiarities.

 Compensation

 $800/month plus housing. One adorable refurbished Airstream trailer is offered to interns for housing, along with our outdoor kitchen and indoor bathrooms and showers.

 No meals are provided, but you have free access to our eggs and veggies.

Virginia – Allegheny Mountain Institute hiring Urban Farm Intern

Staunton, Virginia

Cultivating Healthy Communities Through Food and Education

POSITION TITLE: Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) Urban Farm Intern

MISSION:
Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization that cultivates healthy communities through food and education.

VISION:
A thriving network of collaborative, vibrant communities who value the connection between food and health.

HISTORY:
AMI was founded in 2011 (as Allegheny Mountain School) as an intensive hands-on cooperative experiential learning and training program designed to teach members of our communities to grow and prepare their own food and to understand the nutritional benefits of eating seasonally.

The URBAN FARM AT VSDB PROGRAM:
Allegheny Mountain Institute manages and operates the AMI Urban Farm at VSDB (Virginia School for the Dead and Blind) in Staunton, VA. The farm project provides students of all ages with a place to learn, play, and grow outdoors, and provides a resource for nutritious food for the community. Our 3-acre site consists of a 2-acre vegetable farm, educational gardens, outdoor classroom and kitchen, orchard, and diverse native habitat plantings. The farm hosts community work days, teacher trainings, as well as workshops for our surrounding  communities.

GENERAL DEFINITION AND PURPOSE OF WORK:
The Urban Farm Intern will report to the AMI Urban Farm Manager and is responsible for assisting in all operational aspects of the AMI Urban Farm at VSDB. The position will fulfill daily and weekly tasks to support the Urban Farm Manager.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE POSITION:
The Urban Farm Intern will assist with operations of the 3-acre farm site, including intensive vegetable production, orchard and berries, educational gardens, and native wildlife habitat plantings. In addition, the Urban Farm Intern will work closely with the horticulture teaching staff at Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) to carry out garden-based education curriculum at the farm.

Education of the broader community is a key component of the Allegheny Mountain Institute, and a competitive applicant will have an interest in this area. All of our work is rooted in organic, regenerative agricultural practices, so the AMI Farm Intern should have a deep philosophical and operational agreement with such methods

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/ TASKS:

  • Regular garden set up and maintenance, including:
  • Irrigation systems and repair.
  • Inspections and managing repairs of the farm infrastructure; garden fences; trellises, electric wire, rodent traps, etc.
  • Coordinate compost pickups with the VSDB cafeteria and control composting system.
  • Grass Cutting, weed management and mulching as needed.
  • Responsible for maintaining a high standard of cleanliness, neatness and order at the AMI Urban Farm at VSDB.
  • Assist in crop production through planting, harvesting, processing, and inventory control.
  • Establish best practices and processes for AMI Farm record keeping systems.
  • Meet regularly with AMI staff team, to review and plan.
  • Perform administrative tasks essential to the smooth operation of the operational farm.
  • Plan, coordinate and participate as an AMI ambassador in public visits and educational outreach events as needed, including Educator workshops for curriculum development.

QUALIFICATIONS: KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in organic vegetable production and management, post-handling, and processing for sale and storage.
  • Knowledge and experience with perennial fruits, berries, medicinal herbs, perennial systems, and no till farming.
  • Ability to operate a BCS walk-behind tractor and related implements.
  • Willing to learn about developing sustainable food systems.
  • Ability to multi-task and has organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal).
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Working  knowledge  of  organic  practices  including  nutrient  management,  pest  and  disease management, weed management, and post-harvest processing and storage.
  • Interest in growing and managing native wildlife habitat plantings.
  • Computer proficiency, including Excel, Microsoft Office.
  • Willingness to learn Sign Language is a plus.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION:

  • Applicant must be comfortable working outside.
  • Applicant must be able to lift 50 (+) pounds regularly.
  • VSDB requires this intern to pass a criminal background check.
  • Must have valid Driver’s License and good driving record.
  • Willingness to work occasional nights and weekends for special events.

COMPENSATION:
This is a full-time, nonexempt position, available immediately and running through December 15, 2017. Pay is

$9/hour. Benefits package includes: farm-grown food share, workers’ compensation coverage, and earned vacation/sick leave, plus holidays. This position requires occasional weekend and evening work.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY: Allegheny Mountain Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, disability, political affiliation, or marital status. AMI is an equal opportunity employer.

TO APPLY: Please send a single compiled .pdf file including a cover letter and resume to david@alleghenymountainschool.org. No phone calls or mailed applications, please.

Hawai’i – Halawa Farm hiring Living Farm Interns

North Kohala, Hawai’i
Living Farm Internship
The Hawai’i Institute of Pacific Agriculture farm is located along the beautiful, historic coast of North Kohala, on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Our main campus, Halawa Farm, is a 7-acre living and learning environment where we cultivate a diverse collection of native Hawai’ian and Polynesian plants, tropical fruit orchards and perennial vegetable crops, in addition to raising small scale poultry and livestock. The farm is the base of operations for our residential farmer training programs and educational workshops, and provides a steady supply of food and medicine to those on the land as well as our local farmers market.

Our residential farmer training program includes our Living Farm Internship which is held in Spring and Fall, and is held on our main campus, Halawa Farm, on the beautiful King Kamehameha lands of Kapaau, Hawaii. This 7-acre permaculture homestead serves as working farm, educational siteand home to staff, apprentices and interns throughout the year. While living and learning with us, students explore a variety of topics related to sustainable agriculture, homestead farming, permaculture, agroforestry, soil fertility, plant medicine, nutrition, beekeeping, animals, mycology, community living, Hawai’ian arts and culture, and much more.


Dates:
Fall 2017 ~ August 17-September 30
Spring 2018 ~ March 29-April 28

Visit our website for more info: http://www.hipagriculture.org/education/internship

Rwanda – Gardens for Health hiring Farm Fellow

Ndera, Rwanda

Fellowship Opportunity: Farm Fellow

Gardens for Health is seeking a dynamic and forward-thinking recent graduate to join our Agriculture Team in Ndera, Rwanda. Our Farm Fellow will provide thought leadership, and day-to-day management support on our 5-acre farm in Ndera, Rwanda.

Who We Are


We are a growing non-profit organization whose innovative approach works to bridge the gap between health and agriculture. We are based in Rwanda, with an office in Boston, and our core program works to integrate agricultural support and comprehensive health education into the clinical treatment of malnutrition. We currently work in partnership with 18 health centers in two districts of Rwanda. This year, we are working directly with 2,160 families – providing them with the seeds, knowledge, and support to help prevent and overcome chronic malnutrition.

As we grow our impact, our work is grounded in collaboration with, and a commitment to, the families and communities with whom we partner. Nowhere is this commitment more evident than on our demonstration and innovation farm. In many ways, our farm has been the heart and soul of our work; it is our head office and training site, source of many inputs for our community lunch program and health center program, in addition to various revenue generating initiatives and a “living laboratory” where we are able to grow inputs for our seed package and the accompanying agriculture education we provide to families in order to ensure that we are setting them up for long-term success.

Our Opportunity for You


In April 2015 we purchased our land, and with this new purchase comes an opportunity to think strategically about the role our farm can play now, and into the future. As we strive to balance research, food production for our community lunch program, multiplication of inputs for our home garden package, and space for training and staff development, our farm planning process has become a central focus of our agriculture team.

We are looking for a recent graduate who is an experienced and passionate farmer to work alongside our Farm Manager to think strategically about ways to use our land to advance our mission while serving our community.

As our Farm Fellow you will have the opportunity to do the following:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of our farm plan, in the short and long term. Think creatively and strategically about how the farm can contribute to and offset the costs of the various programs it supports (Community Lunch, Health Center Program)
  • Propose new ideas for the use of the land to advance our mission and contribute to our organizational knowledge
  • Work with our Agriculture team to design and oversee the implementation of agronomic trials on our farm and play a lead role in data collection
  • Track and analyze farm data to make data driven cropping and planting decisions
  • Manage day-to-day farm activities such as planting, weeding, harvesting, coppicing and integrated pest management
  • Learn and experience how a farm functions in tropical Africa, and work with native crops and trees, pests, growing schedules and daily farm dilemmas that differ from a traditional for-profit temperate climate farm
  • Design and execute a plan to increase monetization of certain outputs on the farm and establish retail and wholesale relationships
  • Work closely with US Operations Manager to synthesize and present data related to the farm to support grant writing and reporting processes as well as social media and dialogue with donors

Are You the Right Fit?


  • Vision: You share our belief that growing healthy food can and should be a part of healthcare.
  • Relevant Work Experience: You have meaningful work experience in agriculture, including experience working on and/or managing a farm. Experience working in sub-Saharan Africa and/or experience with formal research methodology is a plus.
  • Social and Emotional Intelligence: You have a demonstrated ability to work with others across cultures and backgrounds with respect and collegiality.
  • Sense of Adventure: You are ready to spend 12 months living and working on a farm in Rwanda, and understand that electricity, hot water, and internet access will all fail at some point during your tenure.
  • Alignment with our Core Values: Your work style is grounded in a sense of collaboration and mutual respect, and you operate from a place of compassion and empathy for your colleagues and with the families we serve.
  • Flexibility: You know how to roll with the punches, and can find the positive in even the most challenging situations
  • 
Education: You are a recent graduate with a degree in Agriculture, or a related field
  • 
Language acquisition: You have demonstrated experience for acquiring new languages. French and/or Kinyarwanda is a plus.

Your Location: You will be based in Ndera, Rwanda, about 30 minutes outside of the capital city of Kigali. You will be living on the farm full-time, and will be one of the few staff members (including security) who will be present in the overnight hours.

What we will provide: 
This a 12-month fellowship opportunity we will provide housing on our farm, daily lunch, and all the fresh produce you can harvest. Please note that relocation costs will not be covered.

If you are ready to apply
: Send your resume and cover letter to careers@gardensforhealth.org with the subject line: “Farm Fellow.” In your letter, tell us why you are the right fit for this role. If we are interested, we will respond within 2 weeks to set up an initial phone interview. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. The farm fellow will need to be in Rwanda to begin working by July 10th, 2017.

We look forward to meeting you!

 

New York – Stonegate Farm hiring Farm Interns

Balmville, New York

Farm Apprentice Positions, 2017
www.stonegatefarmny.org

We have an opportunity for aspiring farmers with some experience to help run our expanding CSA and organic cut flower operation at Stonegate Farm.

Stonegate is an 1850s Carpenter Gothic estate farm in New York’s Hudson River Valley, one hour North of New York City. We run a CSA and market farm that includes heirloom vegetables, historic orchard fruit, cut flowers, eggs and honey. The farm is creating a farm supper and event program to run concurrently with the CSA, as well as evolving as an wedding venue. The farm is small, sustainable, bio-intensive and integrated into a non-farm district; a model of local, small-scale community farming that is central to the farm’s philosophy.

We’re looking for motivated individuals with passion and ambition, interested in learning how to run and manage a seasonal organic farm operation.
Independent on-farm housing, board and stipend commensurate with experience.

Position begins in April 2017, interviews at the farm or via Skype from Mid-March on.

Email for details: info@stonegatefarmNY.org
Insta: StonegatefarmNY