Internship at Deck Family Farm. Diversified pastured livestock

Company: Deck Family Farm
Location: Junction City, OR
Compensation: $10,000 annual stipend
Employment Type: Internship / Apprentice
Job Categories: Agriculture, Other
Region: Mid Willamette Valley, South Willamette Valley
Date Posted: August 11, 2021

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How would you like to join our amazing team at Deck Family Farm, learning how to use regenerative farming practices to make the world a better place?! 

Deck Family Farm is a 320-acre Certified Organic farm located in Western Willamette Valley. Our focus is on regenerating the soil using pasture based animal systems. We raise heritage Red Wattle pork, Galloway beef, Heritage poultry, Lamb, Raw dairy from Jersey cows and Goats, & organic eggs, fruit, nuts, and vegetables. Current practices include restoration, management intensive grazing, humane animal handling, nutrient management, and ethical business practice & transparency.

Interns are accepted year-round and participate in all aspects of animal handling, care, and management as well as marketing and community building. A typical week might consist of working a farmers market, milking cows/goats, making butter, yogurt, or cheese, cracking nuts, slopping out pig stalls, helping to bring newborn lambs, piglets and calves into the world, running spreadsheets, feeding chickens, collecting eggs, chopping wood, and/or preparing a meal for the community. Opportunities are only limited by the imagination.

Work day begins at 7 AM with an all-farm meeting, milking, and farm chores. We break for an hour at noon and finish with evening milking and  a shared dinner.  The work week is 5 days on 2 days off, 8-10 hours/day. We appreciate flexibility depending on the season and workload. Accommodations are modest, either shared housing in an intern room or tent camping. All meals are provided, and there is a family-style shared evening meal 5 nights/week.  Kitchen, bathroom and laundry facility  are in the main house.

No experience required, however must have: a strong work ethic, ability to work long hours, ability to follow directions, willingness to work on communication skills, interest in working with a range of cultures and ages, live in community and share community meals.

We are currently offering two types of internships for the 2021 season:

1 year farming internship: Interns will rotate in at least two enterprises during the first year, usually in one of the following: Pastured Pork, Raw Dairy, Vegetables Market Garden, Beef Herd & Management Intensive Grazing, Lamb, Pastured Poultry, Marketing. Interns will rotate through as many areas of the farm as possible but personal interest, aptitude and availability plays a key role in placement. Stipend is paid in advance of the month and is meant to cover incidental expenses while in an educational program. Stipend payments are $400/month for the first 5 months, and $700 for the last 6 months, for a total of $6,000 for the year. Since all expenses are paid while living on the farm (with exception of snacks and gas used in personal vehicles) interns often leave the farm with money in the bank.

Homesteading & Hearth holding Companion program: Deck Family Farm is strongly rooted in community living and in the spirit of building a sustainable and healthy farming lifestyle. This program has its focus on homemaking and homesteading skills that  include but are not limited to: meal preparation and clean up, household management, gardening, harvesting, canning and preserving, dairy and cheese making, basically all the skills needed in keeping the home hearth healthy and happy! The companion program is for folks who value and understand the value of making a home and supporting the members in it.  In a world where homemaking is almost a lost art, this is your chance to hone that skill.