PCC Rock Creek Learning Garden and Farm Apprenticeship


Company: PCC ROCK CREEK LEARNING GARDEN AND FARM
Location: Portland
Compensation: 15.45/h
Employment Type: Internship / Apprentice, Part-Time
Job Categories: Agriculture, Education
Region: Portland Area
Date Posted: January 12, 2024

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https://www.roguefarmcorps.org/host-farms/pcc

Portland Community College is the largest higher education institution in the state of Oregon. This position is split between work in the Learning Garden and the Rock Creek Farm. The Campus rests on 250 acres of  Tualatin Kalapuya land in Washington County, 20-30 minutes outside of downtown Portland. The Learning Garden produces thousands of pounds of food each season, which are primarily donated to the food pantry on campus. We are no-spray, practice extensive cover cropping and are moving towards the production of our own usable compost. Our farm crew is always in flux – we have volunteer hours 9am-1pm Monday-Friday and we meet whoever is volunteering where they’re at and re-prioritize based on inclusion.

The Rock Creek Farm houses the animals that support the college’s Veterinary Technology program. The farm has cattle, horses, sheep, goats, pigs, and chickens. We practice rotational grazing in spring, early summer, and fall using temporary electric fencing. We practice humane, low stress livestock handling.

Compensation is $15.45 per hour this position is about 12-13 hours a week beginning in March.

The Apprentice can attend on-farm community education classes for free. Also available is: a share in the harvest, seeds and entry into the PCC hiring system and diverse community of students, staff, faculty and campus neighbors.

An Apprenticeship at PCC Garden and Farm is part of Rogue Farm Corps’ beginning farmer training program. Hands-on field training at the Host Farm is complemented by a series of classes, farm tours, discussions, and networking events organized by Rogue Farm Corps. 

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS

Apprentices join other beginning farmers for an Educational Event Series facilitated by Rogue Farm Corps.

The full event series includes:

24 classes focused on foundational sustainable agriculture concepts, skills, and knowledge and the food system.

7-10 farm tours which showcase practical skills and individual farmers’ stories, as well as provide insight into diverse production and marketing systems.

3-5 discussion circles with topics including Food Justice / Food Sovereignty, and Next Steps for Beginning Farmers.

RFC strives to make all educational events inclusive and welcoming to people from all backgrounds and identities. Classes, tours, and discussions are led by Rogue Farm Corps staff, agricultural professionals, and expert farmers. Scholarships are available.