Fiddlehead Farm Apprentice


Company: Fiddlehead Farm
Location: Corbett
Compensation: hourly plus produce
Employment Type: Internship / Apprentice, Part-Time
Job Categories: Agriculture
Region: Portland Area
Date Posted: January 16, 2024

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

Fiddlehead Farm is a queer and women owned and operated family farm tucked into the Sandy River valley in the rural community of Corbett. The farm is nineteen acres, with six acres in cultivation for the sustainable production of Certified Organic vegetables. The remaining acreage is kept in native forest that is dense, wild, and beautiful. Given this balance we are committed to growing food in an ecologically sound manner, with special focus on conservation of the farm and the forest. We are excited to share our practices with the next generation of farmers!

Corbett is a small rural community located just 20 miles east of Portland, at the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge. The area is rich in natural beauty and has many hiking trails, viewpoints, and swimming holes nearby.

We take great pride in the food we grow and our vegetables are known for being of the highest quality. Our produce is sold through a Fall and Winter CSA, at the Montavilla fall and winter markets, through food coops, and a small handful of restaurants. Fiddlehead is a fall and winter production focused farm. We derive all our income from the farm, so we work hard to maintain a thriving and sustainable business model while also trying to maintain a quality of life for our family.

We use a balance of mechanization and hand scale in our production. We have three tractors which we use for bed prep, fertilizing, mulch laying, cultivating and several other applications. We practice minimal tillage in our fields and employ no-till practices in our 5 greenhouses. Apprentices can expect to become familiar with a wide variety of hand tools, as well as using the appropriate equipment for a range of conditions.

Our crew consists of farmer Kate, an RFC apprentice, part-time employees, farmers market staff, and occasional volunteers. We are a small crew and appreciate the camaraderie that develops throughout the season. We put a lot of energy into making sure our RFC participants feel like they can get any of their questions about the operation and reasons behind decisions answered. We find that working alongside each other can spark these educational conversations.

Position is  16 hours/week Thursdays and Fridays, increasing to 3 days, including Wednesday in the fall

An Apprenticeship 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.