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 moduleWeek beginning
Poultry operations and egg handlingMarch 18
SeedsMarch 25
HarvestingApril 1
Flexible week – no specific moduleApril 8
Irrigation and water managementApril 15
TransplantingApril 22
Building communityApril 29
Flexible week – no specific moduleMay 6
Food safety May 13
Weed managementMay 20
CSAs and other sales channelsMay 27
Flexible week – no specific moduleJune 3
Processes, documentation, and quality controlJune 10
SoilsJune 17
SafetyJune 24
Holiday week – no specific moduleJuly 1
MarketingJuly 8
CompostingJuly 15
OrchardsJuly 22
Flexible week – no specific moduleJuly 29
Strategic planning/business structureAugust 5
Accounting and budgetingAugust 12
Greenhouses and hoophousesAugust 19
InfrastructureAugust 26
Working on the farmSeptember 2
Flexible week – no specific moduleSeptember 9
Plant pathogens, pests, and predatory alliesSeptember 16
Shop, equipment, and tool managementSeptember 23
Crop planning, rotation, and cover cropsSeptember 30
Review, wrap up, exit interviewOctober 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.

Interested? Send us a message via our Contact page, call us at 360-622-2330, or download our application and follow the instructions there on how to submit. Thanks for your interest!