Rogue Farm Corps’ 2022 Oregon Farm Internships & Apprenticeships


Company: Rogue Farm Corps and partner Host Farms
Location: multiple chapters around the state of Oregon
Compensation: Stipend or hourly wage, depending on the farm. Details on our website.
Employment Type: Full-Time, Internship / Apprentice, Part-Time
Job Categories: Agriculture, Nonprofit
Region: Central, Gorge, Mid Willamette Valley, North Willamette Valley, Portland Area, Southern
Date Posted: January 6, 2022

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Are you interested in a sustainable farm internship or apprenticeship in Oregon for 2022 with associated classes, farm tours, discussions, and networking? Please check out Rogue Farm Corps’ farmer training programs! Participants train at a partner host farm which provides mentorship and experience. Hands-on field training at a host farm is augmented by a series of in-person and virtual classes, farm tours, discussions, and networking organized by Rogue Farm Corps and partners. Host farms provide wages or an educational stipend and some provide housing or food as well. All Apprenticeship positions are provided an hourly wage. Full-time, part-time, full-season (spring through fall), and short-season positions are available. Host farm and position information can be found on our website.

Priority application deadline is January 27th, 2022. 

Rogue Farm Corps seeks to train an inclusive next generation of farmers and encourages applicants of all backgrounds and identities to apply. RFC tuition scholarships are available.

To see an overview of all our farmer training programs, see our Programs At A Glance page.

INTERNSHIP

Are you interested in getting your foot in the door with sustainable agriculture?

RFC’s Internship Program provides connections to existing farm operations for aspiring farmers who want to gain significant farming or ranching production experience and don’t have a lot of previous exposure. The Internship Program is an entry/intermediate-level, immersive program that combines hands-on training with skills-based education. No experience is required to apply, however some host farms do prefer applicants have some previous outdoor or physical work experience.

RFC Internship programs are based in two distinct geographic chapter locations in Oregon: Rogue Valley and Portland Metro.

Weekly hours and start/end dates vary by host farm (please see host farm descriptions for details). In addition to the on-farm training experience, participants engage in a series of farm tours, classes, and discussion circles focused on a broad array of sustainable agriculture and food system topics organized by Rogue Farm Corps (see a sample Internship Program events schedule here). Internship Program participants are exposed to the farm knowledge, networks, and expertise through engaging in the daily life of an agricultural community via their host farm.

Full season positions generally run spring through fall. Short season Internships run for 8-15 weeks and are perfect for students or others who want to dip their toe in into farming and attend the concurrent Internship classes, farm tours, and discussion events.

APPRENTICESHIP 

Are you interested in managing or operating a farm or ranch but seeking more experience and knowledge before doing so?

RFC’s Apprenticeship Program is an on-farm learning experience for those who have at least one full season (5+ months and at least 600 hours) of farm or ranch experience (or equivalent). The Apprenticeship combines hands-on training and skills-based education for those ready to dive into the art and business of sustainable agriculture. This program helps people who want to continue in agriculture to learn the skills needed to manage and run a diversified farming operation, and deepen their understanding of ecological and sustainable agricultural practices.

Similar to the Internship Program, apprentices train at one of RFC’s partner Host Farms. Participants also engage in a series of educational weekend intensives in locations around the state which include farm tours, networking, and camping. They also participate in a handful of online classes and discussions to round out the on-farm experience. The Apprenticeship, like the Internship, examines the economic, ecological and social sustainability of farm practices, and continues to build on these themes.

RFC has developed COVID-19 safety protocols according to state and federal guidance and will adjust them as needed to protect the health and safety of our participants, staff, host farmers, and communities. In-person educational events are held outside with social distancing in place.

TYPES OF AGRICULTURE

Rogue Farm Corps partners with dedicated mentor host farms and ranches that focus on sustainable, regenerative, ecological, and/or organic approaches in their production methods. Host farm enterprises vary by farm and include animal (meat, dairy, eggs, etc) and plant-based production (vegetables, herbs, fruit, seeds, etc). Host farms are commercial, small-to-mid scale operations marketing to their local and regional community via a range of sales channels including farmers market, CSA, wholesale, and more. RFC participants are exposed to various farm production and marketing systems via RFC’s farm tour events.

COMMITMENT TO EQUITY AND INCLUSION

Rogue Farm Corps is committed to an ongoing learning process around privilege, power, inequality and systems of oppression. RFC has a goal of making our programs welcoming to, inclusive of, and accessible to communities who are under-represented as farm operators in Oregon, including women, Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA+ individuals, low-income individuals and immigrants. Our desire to create a more equitable food system is reflected in RFC’s programs and collaborations.