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The Rogue Valley Regenerative Farming Fellowship provides an entry-level, on-farm, hands-on, part-time, 7-month training and learning experience in regenerative, sustainable, small-scale farm production with a focus on organic mixed vegetables. It includes 2 days per week of paid farm experience at a farm site in Central Point, OR and approximately 1 educational event per week. The educational events include classes, farm tours, and discussions that cover introductory agricultural production and food system topics. This program is run in partnership by Rogue Farm Corps and Family Nurturing Center.
This program is designed to be an accessible first farming experience for people who face higher barriers to entry into agriculture. Applicants who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, female, veterans, living with a disability, formerly incarcerated, and/or low-income are highly encouraged to apply.
Dates & Times:
Start Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2024
End Date: Thursday, October 24, 2024
Break Week: July 2-4, 2024
Farm Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays; Hours: 8am-2:30pm (Spring & Fall); 7-1:30 (Summer)
Educational Events: Wednesday afternoons / evenings. For in-person events: ~3-6pm. For online events: 6-8pm.
Farm Location: Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center – 569 Hanley Rd, Central Point, OR 97502
Compensation for On-Farm Training time: Participants will be provided with $17.15 / hour for on-farm training time (approximately 12 hours/week) and participation in educational events (approx 2 hours/week).
Rogue Farm Corps has been facilitating on-farm internships and apprenticeships with partner host farms around Oregon since 2004. It has become clear that these opportunities are not accessible to everyone who wants to try farming. RFC has been intentionally working to make this programming more accessible and inclusive, especially to folks from backgrounds that are often excluded, underrepresented, or marginalized in agriculture. This new program is an extension of that effort. RFC sees the need for part-time educational farm training experiences that provide both the actual hands-on experience and the educational framework necessary to jumpstart people’s path into agriculture, while providing an inclusive, welcoming learning environment that is also financially and logistically accessible. We hope this program will become a replicable model for similar entry level farming programming with additional partners in other parts of the state.
The Fellowship is part of Rogue Farm Corps’ beginning farmer training program. Hands-on field training is complemented by a series of classes, farm tours, discussions, and networking events organized by Rogue Farm Corps.