Seed Production Internship Opportunity at Feral Farm with Rogue Farm Corps


Company: Feral Farm through Rogue Farm Corps' internship program
Location: Applegate, OR
Compensation: Minimum wage plus reimbursement of RFC tuition if/when season is completed, plant starts and seeds for any personal garden use (garden space not provided), any edible seed crops (eg, melon and squash flesh), garlic for personal use.
Employment Type: Full-Time, Internship / Apprentice, Part-Time
Job Categories: Agriculture, Education
Region: Southern
Date Posted: January 12, 2022

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Feral Farm has been in operation since 2017, and is run by Cacia Huff. The farm is spread across four fields along a 5 mile stretch of Thompson Creek, allowing for isolation for their seed crops. Situated in a rural and fairly close knit community of homesteaders, farmers, and ranchers, Thompson Creek is located approximately halfway between the cities of Medford and Grants Pass, in the Rogue Valley. The majority of the farm is in wholesale vegetable and flower seed production, seed garlic for wholesale and direct local sale, and an on-site honor system farm stand selling garden starts and seed packets. Everything is certified organic. All fields are drip irrigated and cover cropped in winter. Straw mulch is used on many crops. We use a small tractor for bed prep, electric walk-behind and hand tools for weeding, and mostly small/hand scale tools for seed processing, though some will be mechanized. Overall, a wide variety of tools will be employed to grow and process a diversity of seed crops – between 50-100 varieties per season, including flowers and herbs and a full spectrum of vegetables and a small amount of heritage grains. There is a nice seasonal flow, with early springtime being heavily focused on greenhouse work, seeding and transplanting; late spring being focused on weeding and crop supports like mulching and trellising; summer begins seed crop harvest; and fall continues harvest and begins seed processing and cleaning. Lots of opportunities to learn new skills! Cacia has a background in agroecology which led her to spend time in southern Mexico establishing school gardens and garden classroom curriculum, and opened her eyes to the worldwide struggle to maintain and preserve rapidly disappearing seed diversity. She says “I work best with people who love being outdoors and doing physical work in all weather, and who enjoy learning new things and thinking creatively about how to approach tasks.” They are looking for one or two RFC interns to join the farm crew this year. Read more about Feral Farm here: https://www.roguefarmcorps.org/host-farms/feral