Full Time Vegetable Production Intern at Food Waves/Converging Creeks Farm

Company: Food Waves/Converging Creeks Farm
Location: Colton, OR
Compensation: Stipend - Varies based on experience and availability ($400 - $700/month + produce + housing)
Employment Type: Full-Time, Internship / Apprentice
Job Categories: Agriculture, Education, Nonprofit
Region: Portland Area
Date Posted: November 29, 2018

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Overview:  Food Waves’ partner farm, Converging Creeks Farm in Colton, OR, is a small scale bio-intensive operation focusing on high quality specialty greens and lettuces along with many other delicious veggies and animal proteins.  The non-profit aspect of our organization looks at food justice from an educational standpoint where food security comes from knowing how to grow your own food.  We offer training opportunities all the way from a small backyard raised bed up to a 5 – 10-acre homesteading/market farm.  Food Waves is offering full and part time internship positions for beginners to intermediates.  Our participants will be trained in all aspects of how to operate a small-scale production farm.

Responsibilities of Full-Time Interns:

  • Work 4-5 days/week (April-November) with a lead farmer supervising all aspects of the market farm (i.e. seeding, soil prep, transplanting, watering, harvesting, marketing, etc.).
  • Learn how to apply sustainable/bio-intensive farming techniques to increase production.
  • Participate in formal and informal discussion-based and hands-on educational sessions.
  • Promote the educational component of the farm by working with community members (i.e. host regular volunteers, educate farm visitors, etc.).
  • Work with bees, goats, turkeys, ducks, pigs, and chickens (egg layers & meat birds).

Required    A successful applicant will have the following:

  • Desire to learn sustainable farming techniques in order to grow your own vegetables, fruits, and herbs, as well as, educate others through community outreach.
  • Ability to work well alone and with a team.
  • Excellent communication, time-management, and organizational skills, as well as, being resourceful, self-motivated, and hard-working.
  • Access to transportation if you are not living on the farm (arrive on time for work on farm).

Financial    This is a stipend position (i.e. $400-$700/month), but we will have to consider your skill and availability to determine the amount allocated. Onsite housing is available with access to a kitchen and bathroom.  Full-time interns have access to farm produce and eggs as well as trading produce for other products (at markets only).  Full-time interns also get some of the proteins that we produce (chicken & pork).