We are super happy to announce our internship program for 2019!
We are a small (2 acres in production) farm on San Juan Island in the Pacific Northwest, and we’re going into our second season. Our team of four has backgrounds in farming, permaculture, education, business, and more. Part of our mission is to foster education, and we are now looking for interns who want to spend 3 to 6 months with us, beginning anytime after March 15 (and ending no later than October 15), to learn about our fruit, vegetable, herb, flower, and egg operations. We’ve designed a comprehensive curriculum, which has been approved by the State of Washington Small Farm Internship Program, to offer a mix of these skills and methodologies, along with what it takes to run an operation of this size on a day to day basis.
Our weekly modules will involve 20 hours or so of one-on-one lessons taught by our farmers, lots of fieldwork, and a bit of reading and watching relevant videos. Interns will also participate in rotating monthly responsibilities and may also undertake an optional research project. Although farming entails a lot of hard work, we recognize the need for rest and fun, too, so our schedule incorporates several built-in flexible weeks, and we also hope our interns will join in the various workshops, potlucks, and other social opportunities offered by our close-knit community.
Our program will look something like this–but please note our schedule is subject to change.
|Weekly module||Week beginning|
|Poultry operations and egg handling||March 18|
|Flexible week – no specific module||April 8|
|Irrigation and water management||April 15|
|Building community||April 29|
|Flexible week – no specific module||May 6|
|Food safety||May 13|
|Weed management||May 20|
|CSAs and other sales channels||May 27|
|Flexible week – no specific module||June 3|
|Processes, documentation, and quality control||June 10|
|Holiday week – no specific module||July 1|
|Flexible week – no specific module||July 29|
|Strategic planning/business structure||August 5|
|Accounting and budgeting||August 12|
|Greenhouses and hoophouses||August 19|
|Working on the farm||September 2|
|Flexible week – no specific module||September 9|
|Plant pathogens, pests, and predatory allies||September 16|
|Shop, equipment, and tool management||September 23|
|Crop planning, rotation, and cover crops||September 30|
|Review, wrap up, exit interview||October 7|
This is an unpaid internship, but housing will be provided along with some bulk staple foods and basic housing supplies, a $50 bi-weekly stipend payable every other Friday, and a bonus stipend for interns who complete their program as agreed upon.