Farmer-in-Training


Company: Carnation Farms
Location: Carnation, WA
Compensation: Hourly
Employment Type: Internship / Apprentice
Job Categories: Agriculture, Education, Nonprofit, Production
Region: Neighboring States
Date Posted: January 13, 2022

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Farmers-in-Training works primarily in our certified organic garden and with farm livestock. Produce + proteins are distributed to our culinary department, to our CSA, sold on-site in our Farmstand, and off-site at farmers’ markets, food hubs, restaurants, and local food access organizations and food banks. The farm is a resource for farm-based educational programs. Farming techniques demonstrate sustainable soil management and careful water use and support beneficial insects and pollinators, local bird populations, and wildlife habitats. Our livestock is pasture-based and rotated regularly on our fields. We practice the highest animal ethics and livestock treatment.

Farmers-in-Training learn all aspects of running a market farm including basic accounting, time management, customer interaction to generate sales, food safety, and includes livestock and poultry processing.

This program often has opportunities for field trips to other farms, and learning skills such as beekeeping, wine-making and more. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for anyone interested in farming!

 Program Specifics 

  • Available for a full season, April-November
  • Work hours are full time and seasonally appropriate, participants should expect to work some split shifts and carry out occasional evening tasks, during the busy summer season
  • Housing: Optional shared housing available

Responsibilities:

  • Aiding in the maintenance of crops; planting, transplanting, mulching, weeding, composting, soil management, crop rotation, tillage, seed-saving, pest and disease control, fertilizing, harvesting, irrigation, construction of trellising, cover cropping, high tunnel crop production
  • Assisting in recordkeeping to maintain compliance with organic certification including all production, harvest, and sales logs
  • Attend farmers markets and CSA distribution
  • Operate agricultural equipment in the field
  • Livestock management and care
  • Poultry Processing
  • Aid in the execution of educational programming or tours for the public of the vegetable or livestock production areas

Key Requirements:

  • Some experience working on a farm; a genuine curiosity to learn more about sustainable agriculture
  • Consistent attention to detail and positive attitude
  • Ability to stay organized while juggling multiple projects simultaneously
  • Be able to take direction and ask for clarification if needed
  • Must adhere to safety protocols at all times
  • Ability to work hard; standing, sitting, bending over or kneeling: to lift, push and pull heavy objects, up to 50lbs
  • Ability to thrive under challenging conditions and be flexible and respond to changes that arise due to schedule change or adverse weather conditions
  • Self-motivated; able to meet goals independently
  • An ability to work as a team player
  • A passion for food, outdoor education, and healthy eating
  • A willingness to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor

Benefits: 

Hourly wage, for 40+ hours/week, includes some weekend work

Sick Pay, lots of vegetables, eggs, proteins, and fresh air.

Optional shared housing available