Mahonia Gardens is a one-acre market garden in Sisters, Oregon. The farmers use organic practices and emphasize biodiversity. Their practices align with the idea that quality soil creates quality food. Benji and Carys founded Mahonia Gardens in 2013, making 2021 their 9th season. Prior to that, they had worked on a variety of farms in southern Oregon and abroad, participated in full-season internships in California, and studied and practiced Permaculture principles. Labor on the farm is done by hand, using efficient and ergonomic hand tools. While they have a history of offering a traditional CSA program, farmers markets, and wholesale, the farmers now sell most of our produce through their farm stand (“The Stand”) where they have steadily brought in veggies, flowers, flour, honey, berries, etc, from other local farms in addition to their own produce. They choose to farm because of the way they are able to interact with their environment and community through growing and selling food, spending days outdoors and always learning. Although Benji and Carys have developed a profitable farming model, economic growth is not their primary goal; rather, they strive to maintain a balanced lifestyle.
Mahonia Gardens is a participating host farm with Rogue Farm Corps Internship program. Rogue Farm Corps is a non profit that trains and equips the next generation of farmers and ranchers. The Farmer Training programs work within a network of family farms that mentor aspiring farmers. The mentorship on these farms is augmented with educational class series, social events and networking opportunities. To learn more about the programs and to apply, visit https://www.roguefarmcorps.org/training
The RFC Intern's experience at Mahonia Gardens will include: Propagation: seeding/planting/transplanting/cuttings, Bed preparation, Weed management, Composting, Harvesting, General farm maintenance, Cultivation, Irrigation, Sales (deliveries, farm stand etc).
Learn more at https://www.roguefarmcorps.org/host-farms/mahonia-gardens
Interns at Mahonia Gardens participate in RFC’s Internship Program. The Full-Season Internship Program is a spring through fall immersion for aspiring farmers who want to gain significant farming or ranching production experience and don’t have a lot of previous exposure. For those seeking an experience for just the summer months, a Summer Internship Program is available. The Full-Season Internship Program is an entry/intermediate-level, immersive program that combines hands-on training with skills-based education. Full-time participants engage in a seasonal average of 30-36 hours per week of farm experience on one of RFC’s participating host farms. Part-time participants engage in a seasonal average of 14-24 hours per week of on-farm experience. In addition to the on-farm training experience, participants engage in a series of farm tours, classes, and discussion circles focused on a broad array of sustainable agriculture and food system topics organized by Rogue Farm Corps. Participants also have an opportunity for an independent project if desired. Internship Program participants are exposed to the farm knowledge, networks, and expertise through engaging in the daily life of an agricultural community via their host farm.
Applications are open through March 1, but positions are being filled on a rolling basis. Please make sure you read through the description of the RFC program you are applying for at https://www.roguefarmcorps.org/training and then fill out the online application form at https://www.roguefarmcorps.org/apply