Suzi and Steve Fry started farming in the Rogue Valley in 1990. Originally a couple acres on Wagner Creek Road in Talent, they have expanded over the years and now have more than 90 acres of certified organic crops in production at several farms sites in Medford, Phoenix, Talent and Ashland. Each offers a slightly different climate and soil type providing a perfect ground for our vegetable, fruit, flower, and plant starts. Suzi and Steve’s daughters grew up working on the farm, and a couple of them have returned now as adults to help run the farm. Growing food organically in a healthy environment, stewarding the land, and contributing to their community remain important values for the family.
We are expecting our apprentice to train 40hrs/week M-f or T-Sat. Days start earlier depending on the time of year and weather (heat). We understand that time off is important and offer one week off for the first year apprentices, to be scheduled ahead of time during the season.
We intend to provide instruction by working alongside the participants. We feel like the apprentices will be best served by working/training with a supervisor who knows each task at the farm best, so apprentices will rotate who they are training with, depending on the tasks at hand. As apprentices become proficient at tasks, they will take on more responsibility and work independently at times.
We are very lucky to have a team of managers at the farm that have all been working together for 10+ years. We work together to educate and mentor all our employees, and plan to take that same approach with apprentices. Apprentices will learn from experts that we have in all of the different experiences of farming we have to offer. Amber Fry will serve as the main mentor to oversee the overall apprenticeship experience and help to guide participants in the direction of their interests.
Apprentice can expect to gain deeper knowledge and competency in the following areas:
Greenhouses: seeding, planting, soil mixing
Farm: planting, cultivating, harvesting, watering, processing, packing
Sales: farmers markets, farm store, CSA, deliveries
Our farm is looking for someone who has at least one year of previous farm experience. We need someone who can stand on their feet for 8+ hours at a time and lift at least 50lbs.
Fry Family Farm is a host farm in the Rogue Farm Corps advanced 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. Rogue Farm Corps seeks to train an inclusive next generation of farmers and encourages applicants of all backgrounds and identities to apply. See details below or visit our website at https://www.roguefarmcorps.org for more info on the program.