Fiddlehead Farm Internship via Rogue Farm Corps


Company: Fiddlehead Farm
Location: Corbett, OR
Compensation: monthly stipend plus room & board
Employment Type: Full-Time, Internship / Apprentice
Job Categories: Agriculture
Region: North Willamette Valley, Portland Area
Date Posted: November 29, 2018

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Fiddlehead Farm is a host farm for the Rogue Farm Corps Internship Program. For program info and applications please visit https://roguefarmcorps.org

Fiddlehead Farm is a 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. We feel very strongly that food production has huge implications on quality of life, environmental health, and community vitality. 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, some of which are accessible directly from the farm. The local grange hall is a popular gathering place with regular classes, potlucks and square dances. To experience all of what Corbett and the surrounding areas have to offer we require that interns have their own transportation.

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 CSA, at two busy farmers markets, to a local natural grocery chain, a food coop, several processors, and a small handful of restaurants. Fiddlehead is a production focused farm. Our family derives all of our income from the farm so we work hard to maintain a thriving and sustainable business model.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND TRAINING SCHEDULE

A unique aspect of our mentorship is we are in the fields full time with our new farmers. We provide strong structure to each day with clear goals and expectations, and lead by example for efficient farming habits. We strive to balance physical projects with less strenuous tasks. Not only does this keep our bodies healthy, but also helps keep morale and productivity high. Initial learning for each task will come in the form of clear, detailed instruction, but most of the skill development will come about through observation, repetition, and reflection. We very much enjoy sharing our insights and thought processes, and are committed to fostering an environment of clear, open communication. The training of interns will be a combination of team projects and individual activities that shift regularly. We value the ability of interns to listen and follow directions, as well as observe and emulate.

RFC interns will train directly with us 5 days per week, 7-9 hours per day, on most aspects of the operation, including but not limited to: planting, harvest, weeding, irrigation, wash/pack, trellising, sorting, cleaning, organizing, farm improvements, and potentially marketing and deliveries. We accomplish these tasks through the use of hand tools, tractors, and scale-appropriate equipment– all of which interns will become proficient in the use of throughout the season.

Our crew consists of farmers Katie and Tayne, two Rogue interns, full and part time staff, regular volunteers, and wwoofers during the peak season. We find that having a rotating but solid pool of helpers keeps the work days fun and motivating.

The farm regularly hosts volunteers and wwoofers from diverse backgrounds, and we work hard to create a safe and welcoming environment. Any form of racism, homophobia, transphobia, or bigotry will not be tolerated.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Intern accommodations are either a cozy airstream trailer or a small cabin with a loft. Both have heat and electricity. A fully stocked outdoor kitchen with a refrigerator, gas range, and hot water is shared among the interns and wwoofers, as well as an outdoor shower and composting toilet. Interns have access to an outdoor washing machine and clothesline. Wireless internet is accessible near the barn.

We provide interns with a full and healthy “vegan” diet (although we are by no means a vegan farm) that includes basic staples (bulk beans and grains, oatmeal, oil, spices, etc.) and an abundance of produce from the fields. In addition, we pay for interns to access a food salvage program at the local grange that provides a hefty volume of quality food. There are several farms nearby that are open to trading for dairy, eggs, and meat if there is interest. Interns are responsible for preparing their own meals and there will be a potluck once per week.

We pay a monthly stipend. The details of the room, board, and stipend package will be discussed during the interview process.

QUALIFICATIONS

We are looking for interns who are thoughtful, considerate, hardworking, and dedicated to an entire season (April – October). We value communication, positivity, openness, and curiosity.

Ideally, we’d like to meet with prospective interns on the farm prior to the season starting.