Farm Internships

We are listed as hosts with WWOOF-USA (https://wwoofusa.org/), Work Away (https://www.workaway.info/), and NCAT ATTRA (https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/internships/).  Through these programs we offer individuals, who are not farmers, the opportunity to live on a  farm, learn about organic agriculture, and do farm work during the growing season.  Interns also have plenty of time to socialize, explore the area, and immerse themselves in eastern Oregon culture.

Long Term Goal 

We are constantly on the look out for a farmer who would like to work with us as we gradually fade away, and take over our farm business when we are gone.  We have two children who have no interest in farming.  We believe a good way to get to know a farmer would be to start in an employee-employer relationship that would become a partnership.  

 

We envision the farmhand job description would begin as follows:

*  Caring for cats, dog, chickens, ducks, goats and sheep;

*  Irrigating with wheel line and micro irrigation system;

*  Organizing tools, and supplies;

*  Winterizing hand tools and farm equipment;

*  Performing scheduled maintenance on equipment;

*  Repairing and building fences;

*  Painting;

*  Weeding with tractor, string weeder and by hand; 

*  Basic carpentry;

*  Identifying plants and knowing their life cycles;

*  Operating chain saw, tractor and other farm equipment;

*  Harvesting hay, vegetables, fruits and herbs;

*  Planting;

*  Carrying heavy sacks of materials, rocks, containers of fluids and other heavy objects;

*  Performing manual labor;

*  Keeping records; and

*  Performing general farm tasks.

 We envision qualifications for the right farmer would include the following:

*  Valid Oregon Driver's License with clean record;

*  Experience with livestock;

*  Understanding and appreciation of organic, sustainable, and regenerative agricultural practices;

*  Physical ability perform manual labor;

*  Physical ability to lift 80 lb. objects safely;

*  Experience operating tractors and other farm equipment;

*  Experience operating chain saw;

*  Experience driving pick-up trucks with manual transmission;

*  Mechanical experience;

*  Willingness to stay on the farm November through February;

*  Fluent written and spoken English;

*  Patience and open mind;

*  Demonstration of responsibility;

*  Appreciation of the scientific method and peer-reviewed science to evaluate beliefs about such things     as climate change, safety of GMOs, and age of Earth; and

*  Willingness to live in the cottage on the farm.

Nothing is etched in stone.  Everything is open for discussion.