Tumbleweed Farm Apprentice


Company: Tumbleweed Farm
Location: Parkdale
Compensation: 15/h
Employment Type: Full-Time, Internship / Apprentice
Job Categories: Agriculture
Region: Portland Area
Date Posted: January 16, 2024

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

Taylor and Andrea Bemis have owned and operated Tumbleweed Farm since 2012.  We learned how to farm on Taylor’s family’s 60 acre organic vegetable and fruit farm in Massachusetts.  We started out on our own on leased land up the road from us, then purchased this land in 2013 and have been farming here ever since.  Our strongest farming value is to add more to the soil than we are taking.  Our goal is to continue to produce/sell more on the same amount of land each year.  We strive to achieve this by improving our strategies, infrastructure and equipment to make things easier, simpler, smoother and faster.  Off the farm our interests include raising two wonderful girls, cooking, skiing, trail running, golf, pond hockey and whackin’ a few beers whenever the opportunity presents itself.

We are on a 6 acre parcel on the North side of Mount Hood.  We cultivate 2.5 acres of that.  We have one propagation house and 2 unheated hoop houses (20×96 and 30×96).  The East Fork irrigation canal is our Eastern property line and our irrigation source.  We are a 6 minute drive to Parkdale and a 15 minute drive to Hood River.  Lots of recreational opportunities nearby.  The Mount Hood Parkdale community is fun, welcoming and supportive.

We grow a diverse array of vegetables (along with melons and strawberries) for our 140 share CSA and the Hood River Farmers Market.  Though we have not pursued certification we grow organically and are committed to a zero spray policy.

Compensation is $15/hr plus any and all produce you’d like to bring home.

On-farm housing offered for both Apprentices in a 2 bedroom ADU on 4th Ave in downtown Parkdale. It’s a 7 minute drive from the farm (5 miles away), and an extremely short walk to the grocery store, laundromat, coffee shop, and restaurants. For employees of the farm rent is $300/room, utilities included.

An Apprenticeship s 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 full event series includes:

24 classes focused on foundational sustainable agriculture concepts, skills, and knowledge and the food system.

7-10 farm tours which showcase practical skills and individual farmers’ stories, as well as provide insight into diverse production and marketing systems.

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.