Rainshine Farm Apprentice


Company: Rainshine Farm
Location: Philomath
Compensation: 15/h
Employment Type: Full-Time, Internship / Apprentice
Job Categories: Agriculture
Region: Mid Willamette Valley
Date Posted: January 16, 2024

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

Rainshine is owned and operated by Elias and Rachel. We have farmed for 15 years, and have been certified organic through Oregon Tilth for the past four. We generally grow 4-6 acres of diversified row crops with emphasis on root crops and greens, and also manage 6 acres of apples and a 30 head flock of meat sheep. Our veggies and fruit are marketed through our 100-150 member CSA, to local restaurants, at the Corvallis Saturday market, and Willamette Valley grocery stores. Most work is done by hand (i.e. harvest, planting, transplanting, weed control) but we do have some small scale labor saving tools (mulch layer, potato digger, rototillers,  manure spreader, etc).  We incorporate 1-2 acres of summer cropped areas, and pulse grazing our sheep throughout different cropping areas during the growing season and off seasons.

We live 17 miles outside of Corvallis in the foothills of the Coast range. We’re quite rural with a car being essential for transportation to town, and just about anywhere. There are several other people living on the property, some are working on the farm and would be working with potential apprentices. Our property is 102 acres, with an additional 100+ acres in community trust that can be enjoyed for recreation.

Elias manages vegetable production and has a finger in most things.  Elias’ passion for farming came from several merging interests.  His first interest was in politics and social justice, then came an interest in the natural world, and finally health and nutrition.  And… you put all these things together and you better just start growing your own food!  Rachel and Elias started growing food as a hobby in 2003, did their first formal apprenticeship in 2006 and started Rainshine in 2008 as a 24 member CSA in a one acre backyard in the Corvallis area. Elias is fascinated by what just plain works, and also how complicated farm systems are.  Rachel manages the orchard spaces, which include 4 acres of red fleshed specialty apples, 1 acre of mixed apples, 1 acre of mixed cider apples, and some asian pears.  She also manages the flock of sheep along, manages the office, runs the farmer’s market booth and also wears many other hats!

$15/hr starting wage &  farm fresh food

An Apprenticeship at Rainshine 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 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.