Seed Farming Apprenticeship with Chickadee Farm thru Rogue Farm Corps

Company: Rogue Farm Corps
Location: Talent, OR
Compensation: Stipend, details to be discussed during interview process
Employment Type: Full-Time, Internship / Apprentice
Job Categories: Agriculture, Business
Region: Southern
Date Posted: March 12, 2020

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Chickadee Farm is a small certified organic family farm specializing in high quality vegetable, herb and flower seed grown using organic methods. Located in Talent, Oregon, Chickadee Farm is owned and managed by Kelly Gelino and Sebastian Aguilar who have been farming since 1997 and have trained many new farmers along the way. We take our role in the apprenticeship model seriously and we dedicate ourselves to being valuable educators and mentors for our apprentices. Our farm is 20 acres spread over three fields of which 5 acres are cropped, 5 are cover-cropped and the rest is in pasture. We grow open-pollinated vegetable seed for several national seed companies of 20+ crops including tomato, pepper, lettuce, brassica, melon, flowers and many more. Our farming style is small-scale intensive using tractors for tillage and cultivation. Our farm goals include enhancing the farm’s ecology while making the farm efficient and profitable and doing all this while having a good time! We encourage interested participants to review our website and get in touch with us to learn more about how we farm.

Program Description:

Chickadee Farm is a host farm in the Rogue Farm Corps Apprenticeship Program. The Apprenticeship Program is an advanced on-farm program combining hands-on training and skills-based education for those seeking mastery in the art and business of sustainable agriculture. This full-immersion program is designed for those who have completed RFC’s Internship Program, or have two years of on-farm experience. You will live and train full-time on a host farm, receive up to two seasons of on-farm training, and learn in-depth skills from your mentor farmer. See details below or visit our website at for more info on the program.