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White Oak Farm is located in the beautiful and biologically diverse Siskiyou Mountains in the small rural town of Williams, OR. Our 62-acre certified organic farm is situated on a south-east facing slope, surrounded by forests of pine, oak, madrone, and Douglas fir. We have three ponds for irrigation, swimming and wildlife habitat, a three acre organic garden, pastures, an orchard of over forty fruit tree varieties, hiking trails, a straw bale-cob farm house, communal kitchen, wall tents and tipis for apprentice housing, outdoor showers and composting toilets. The Farm is organized as a non-profit, with three year-round staff members (Taylor Starr, Brian Geier and Sarah Shea), 7-10 growing-season residents, a board of directors and many local supporters. Our mission is to cultivate connections between people and their local ecosystems by pursuing community-based food security, fostering agricultural and ecological diversity, and teaching the arts of sustainable living. As such, in addition to the agricultural aspects of the Farm, we also host a wide range of education programs for children of all ages including school visits, summer camps and summer pre-school. Apprentices will have the option of participating in these events if interested.
We currently farm roughly three acres of annual crops, including a wide range of fresh produce for the Williams Farmers Market and Siskiyou Coop CSA; as well as seed crops for several national seed companies. We also have grapes, raspberries, strawberries, and 100+ fruit trees; milk goats, sheep, turkeys, chickens and bees; pastures; and hedgerows and perennials. The Farm was designed with permaculture principles in mind and is very diverse. Hedgerows, swales, drip irrigation, strip-cropping and other techniques help us to minimize inputs and pests, conserve water and labor, and grow healthy food. We utilize a tractor and BCS for cultivation, mowing, and bed prep, but do all other tasks by hand. Our farming is small-scale, intensive, diverse, and productive, and we seek Apprentices who appreciate these qualities.