Valley Flora Farm Apprentice


Company: Valley Flora Farm
Location: Langlois
Compensation: 13.50-15/h
Employment Type: Full-Time, Internship / Apprentice
Job Categories: Agriculture
Region: Coastal
Date Posted: January 16, 2024

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https://www.roguefarmcorps.org/host-farms/valley-flora

Valley Flora Farm is a diversified produce farm located 2 miles outside of the small town of Langlois (population 300) on the southern Oregon coast. We own 90 acres in a beautiful, quiet river valley, 4 miles inland from the Pacific. Of that acreage, 40 acres are upland forest, 30 acres are in pasture, and the remaining 20 acres is rich river bottomland where we cultivate over a 100 varieties of annual and perennial vegetable crops, berries (strawberries, blueberries), grapes, herbs, flowers, and an extremely diverse orchard (apples, pears, plums, Asian pears, quince, cherries). The farm is nestled in a special microclimate where cool-weather crops thrive, but where we also have warmth enough to grow eggplant, sweet corn, peppers, and tomatoes outdoors – in spite of our proximity to the ocean.

We’re surrounded by natural beauty, with numerous coastal rivers running undammed from the coast range to the sea; uncrowded beaches; wild dunes and forests. The farm is 20 minutes from the picturesque coastal towns of Port Orford (to the south) and Bandon (to the north). We’re five miles from Floras Lake, an epicenter of kite and wind-surfing. There is also nearby mountain biking, surfing, hiking, fishing, and horseback riding. Floras Creek, which runs the entire length of the farm, offers numerous summertime swimming holes and wintertime salmon spawning grounds.

Valley Flora’s production is highly diversified, and so is our marketing. We distribute our food via four distinct sales channels:

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): we operate a 130-member CSA from June through December during our main season, and a 60+ member winter CSA January to May.

Farmstand & U-Pick: We have a bustling onsite farmstand that’s open from May to December, and a busy strawberry and flower u-pick that’s open to the public from June through October.

Direct Sales: We harvest and pack orders for local stores, co-ops, and restaurants year-round.

Foodbanks: Thanks to an Oregon Foodbank grant and some awesome local partnerships, we distribute produce to four local foodbanks and community fridges every week.

The starting wage is between $13.50 and $15/hour, DOE. We work closely with our local Small Business Development Center, which offers a three month On-the-Job Training wage subsidy for new hires. Applicants who qualify for that program will start at $15/hour. Otherwise, new hires typically start at the local  minimum wage (currently $13.50/hour), with a wage reevaluation after 6 weeks to assess the possibility of a mid-season performance-based raise.

An Apprenticeship is 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.