Guyon Springs Farm Apprentice


Company: Guyon Springs
Location: Dayville
Compensation: 15/h
Employment Type: Full-Time, Internship / Apprentice
Job Categories: Agriculture
Region: Central
Date Posted: January 16, 2024

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https://www.roguefarmcorps.org/host-farms/guyon-springs

We grow a variety of produce focusing heavily on three crops: garlic, peppers and chiles, and purple corn. We also grow lettuce and will make this one of our main crops for the summer of 2024. We also grow a variety of other produce for market and a small CSA and market, plus flowers and herbs. We have a 1/3 acre field that supports 36 beds, standard 50’by 33”. We hope to expand to 52 beds. This field, as well as the hay field, is watered by hand lines off the irrigation ditch. The flower and herb beds are in a different field and are watered by the well using drip irrigation.

We sell our garlic and chillies to customers in our community who pre-order and buy from our store or markets. We have many value-added items such as roasted chillies, pickled vegetables, jams, garlic braids, dried and fresh flowers, chili ristras, etc. We will be selling lettuce to two local restaurants for the summer of 2024. We have a goal of a 10 person CSA for the 2024 season. Previously we have had five subscriptions. We attend 4 markets a year, and sell from our store for other outlets.

We are no-till and biodynamic. We use hand tools for most of our farming.

Dayville is a community of 120 people. The closest, largest population center is John Day, 30 miles up river. We live three miles from public land on the South Fork of the John Day river; one mile from the confluence of the main stem. The river is our main recreation outlet, along with hiking and biking trails.

Jim and Kerri have been farming off grid on our property above the farm for 10 years. We live on a spring (no well) and use holding tanks for water. We acquired the property below in March of 2020, and have built and managed it for production since then.

$15/hr. Also, of course produce and community camaraderie as perks! There is on-farm housing. We ask $500.00/month for rent for a bedroom in the farmhouse.

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 satellite farm event series includes:

24 classes focused on foundational sustainable agriculture concepts, skills, and knowledge and the food system.

4-6 farm tours which showcase practical skills and individual farmers’ stories, as well as provide insight into diverse production and marketing systems. Mainly via 3 weekend intensives.  

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.