Goodfoot Farm Apprenticeship


Company: Goodfoot Farm
Location: Philomath
Compensation: 18/h
Employment Type: Full-Time, Internship / Apprentice
Job Categories: Agriculture
Region: Mid Willamette Valley
Date Posted: January 12, 2024

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

We grow mixed vegetables year round; some tree fruit, mostly apples and asian pears; blueberries.  Sales outlets include Farmers’ Market plus CSA that we run as a farm credit with market pickup.  Certified Biodynamic and Organic.  Some tractor cultivation; but the farm is mostly people powered.  Animals are incorporated into the biodynamic farm organism; layer hens for egg production and a few pet sheep that mow the lawn.

Apprentices will be trained in almost all aspects of the farm production system.  Farm operations are conducted with a management system called holacracy which supports a high degree of autonomy and ownership.

Training is pretty comprehensive and rigorous as farmhands are expected to work with a great deal of independence and autonomy and are also expected to be able to delegate and coordinate others when needed to complete their roles/tasks.  Training is pretty well rounded with verbal instruction, modeling/demonstration, and written resources.  Management system based on holacracy.  Check-ins and field walks happen regularly.

$18/hr starting wage with potential for end of season bonus.

An Apprenticeship at Goodfoot 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.