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Advanced Farm Apprenticeship at Wandering Fields Farm via Rogue Farm Corps at Wandering Fields Farm via Rogue Farm Corps Apprenticeship Program - 4074

Job Title: 
Advanced Farm Apprenticeship at Wandering Fields Farm via Rogue Farm Corps
Wandering Fields Farm via Rogue Farm Corps Apprenticeship Program
Little Applegate Rd
Applegate Valley, OR
Job Type: 
Internship
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

Wandering Fields is a small scale certified organic family farm in the Little Applegate Valley of
Southern Oregon. We grow a diversity of crops for both local farmer’s markets and a
cooperative CSA program (the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative). Organic flower and
vegetable seed production is our other main focus and we grow contract seed crops for several
companies, comprising over half of our field production. We have a young orchard entering its
4th season, raspberries and strawberries, a large basketry willow planting, and a native plant
hedge for pollinator habitat, beauty, and medicinal use. We also lease a neighboring field which
has allowed us to expand our seed production by providing isolation for a number of key seed
crops.

Wandering Fields Farm is a host farms in the Rogue Farm Corps Apprenticeship Program. The
Apprenticeship Program is an advanced on-farm program combining hands-on training and
skills-based education for those seeking mastery in the art and business of sustainable
agriculture. This full-immersion program is designed for those who have completed RFC's
Internship Program, or have two years of on-farm experience. You will live and train full-time on
a host farm, receive up to two seasons of on-farm training, and learn in-depth skills from your
mentor farmer. See details below or visit our website at
https://www.roguefarmcorps.org/internship for more info on the program.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

RFC's Apprenticeship Program is designed for the individual who already has a solid foundation
of farm knowledge and skills but is looking to deepen their experience managing a successful
farm business with the goal of running their own farm enterprise. The majority of the program
will be focused on learning by doing.
Over time, you will be expected to share responsibilities with the farmers. These tasks will
generally include overseeing farm crews and harvest crews, processing, tractor cultivation, field
walks and observation, record keeping, product deliveries, marketing, irrigation, and general
farm maintenance.

Education & Experience: 

In addition to the hands-on training provided by the host farm, apprentices will attend a series of classes facilitated by RFC, Oregon State University Extension's Small Farms Program, and other agricultural service agencies.
Topics may include:
● Farm and Production Planning: Crop Plan, Tillage Plan, Seeding Plan, Cover Cropping
● Pest & Disease Management: IPM, Farmscaping, Organic Treatment Methods
● Seed Production, Variety Selection, Stewardship
● Conservation/ Restorative Agriculture: No Till, Hedgerows, Restoration Techniques,
Dryland Farming
● Food Safety & Post-harvest Handling
● Irrigation Methods + System Design + Repairs
● Soil Health Management: Fertility + Nutrient Management Plan, Soil Science, Soil Test
Interpretation
● Tractors and Equipment: Implements, Maintenance + Repair
● Animal Systems and/ or Perennial Systems, Pastures, Integrating Veg/Animal, Holistic
Management
● Farm Carpentry and Building Infrastructure
● Managing People on the Farm, Labor Costs, Communication Systems
● Scaling Up + Exploring Distribution Channels
● Marketing: Market Research/ Assessment & Niche Selection
● Certification Programs + Record keeping
● Insurance Needs and Considerations
● Overview of Farm Business Planning, Visioning, Legal + Business Structure
Considerations
● Enterprise Selection & Diversification, Evaluating and Improving Profitability
● Farm Finances- Financial Preparedness, Bookkeeping, Creative Financing & Funding
Panel
● Accessing Land- Leasing Land, Purchasing Land, Working with Land Trusts &
Conservation Easements, Oregon FarmLink, Networking Opportunities, Accessing
Service Providers

Application Instructions: 

Please visit www.roguefarmcorps.org for more details about our advanced-level apprenticeship program and application instructions.

Job Categories: 
Education
Farming/Agriculture
Horticulture/Gardening