By George Farm Internship via Rogue Farm Corps


Company: By George Farm via Rogue Farm Corps
Location: Southern Oregon
Compensation: Stipend varies and will be discussed during the interview process
Employment Type: Internship / Apprentice
Job Categories: Agriculture, Education
Region: Southern
Date Posted: January 10, 2018

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By George Farm is situated on 85 certified organic acres of historic ranch property in Southern Oregon’s stunning Little Applegate Valley, nestled at the mouth of Yale Creek.. They run a small dairy herd and operate a Grade A Creamery that produces a variety of farmstead cheeses which they sell to local restaurants, stores, and farmers markets. In addition, they cultivate a home garden and maintain food preservation. They course regional, non-GMO grain for their livestock and all other farming methods are practiced organically. While they focus on dairy, they integrate multiple facets of farming, focusing on stacked sustainable systems starting with pasture management and the use of dairy cows to graze the majority of the land. Milk makes Cheese and whey. Whey is fed to pigs and chickens. They raise pastured, no-corn-no-soy-no-gmo laying hens and meat birds. The hens provide eggs, fertilizer, and pasture management. Pigs provide a great way to compost and utilize dairy waste. Chickens are harvested on farm, and the pork and beef is sold for custom butcher.  They also have a small flock of Gotland sheep for fiber and meat lamb in fall. Learn more about By George Farm here.

Internship Description:

By George Farm is one of 18 host farms in the Rogue Farm Corps Internship Program. The RFC 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. See Internship Details below or visit our website at https://www.roguefarmcorps.org/internship for more info on the program.

Responsibilities and Training Schedule:

Interns at By George can expect to be exposed to a variety of farm tasks including:

  • Vegetables: Home garden from starts to preservation.
  • Dairy: Calving to breeding, grazing and feeding, hooves, tails, udders and milk pails.
  • Creamery: Cheese-making, packing, affinage (cheese preservation), dishes.
  • Meat production: Breeding, calving, grazing, feeding, animal handling and care, as well as harvesting and processing.
  • Sheep: Feeding, pasture grazing, fiber harvest and fall meat harvest.
  • Marketing and Sales: Farmers’ Markets, deliveries to stores, restaurants, and wholesale distributors.

Our students will need a willingness to learn and an interest in food systems. Large animal experience preferred. Milking experience a plus. We get up early with the cows to milk in the morning and in the evening. We usually take a rest in the middle of the day. We move 7 gallon milk cans and 100 pound bales. Our “mobile egg units” or MEU’s are moved everyday but are light enough for one person.

Educational Opportunities: The Rogue Farm Corps Internship Program is a full season (6-8 month) entry-level residential internship program. Along with the hands-on field training you will receive from your Host Farm the Internship Program also includes classroom learning, tours of local farms, and a farm-based independent study project.

Stipend: Varies depending on farm, usually between $400-600/month

Housing: We have a stick framed tiny house and a strawbale tiny house, an outdoor kitchen and composting toilet. Shower facilities located in the main house. The interns live in the tiny house space, and all members of the farm have access to dairy, meat, and vegetables produced here. We will also provide basic cooking ingredients and staples. Further details of the room, board, and stipend package will be discussed during the interview process.

Details about Rogue Farm Corps Internship Program:

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.  Topics include but not limited to soil science, basic horticulture, tractors, greenhouse and plant propagation, seed saving, post harvest handling, crop planning, irrigation, animal husbandry, dairy, and integrated pest management.

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.

TUITION

The Internship Program has a tuition fee of $1,750.

Upon acceptance, interns pay a $250 non-refundable deposit to secure their placement. An additional $500 payment is due at New Student Orientation. Two additional payments of $500 are due on June 15 and August 15.