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The Family Nurturing Center Farm leases agricultural space at the Historic Hanley Farm in Central Point, in Southern Oregon. The farm is close to both Jacksonville and Medford. Opportunities for hiking, fishing, rafting, and camping are nearby. Cultural activities close to the farm include both the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland and the Britt Summer Music Program.
On these 20 acres of pasture and approximately 4 acres of grow space that the FNC manages, we currently grow organic produce on about 3 acres, and are expanding to 4 acres this year. We are not certified organic, but follow organic practices. We use mostly open-pollinated seeds, and source inputs as locally as possible. We have a flock of sheep and a flock of hens for eggs. Seasonally we also raise chickens and turkeys for meat. We are working towards integrating our livestock into an intensive pasture management system. We have a greenhouse containing raised beds and space for seed germination. We also have an herb/perennial garden, our Shakespeare Garden (it contains only plants that are mentioned in the works of Shakespeare). We are building a new wash/pack/outdoor kitchen space on the farm, which will also include dry and cold storage.
The Family Nurturing Center Farm is one of many host farms in the Rogue Farm Corps Internship Program. The RFC Internship Program is a full season entry-level residential program combining hands-on training and skills-based education in sustainable agriculture. As an intern, you will live and train full-time on a host farm, receiving up to 1,500 hours of on-farm training and learning in-depth skills from your mentor. Your residential farm training experience is combined with farm tours, classes, and discussion circles throughout the region, as well as opportunities for independent study. Interns are exposed to a vast array of knowledge and expertise by engaging in the daily life of vibrant, agricultural communities. See Internship Details below or visit our website at https://www.roguefarmcorps.org/internship for more info on the program.