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Dairy and Cheesemaking Internship at By George Farm via Rogue Farm Corps at By George Farm via Rogue Farm Corps Internship Program - 4073

Job Title: 
Dairy and Cheesemaking Internship at By George Farm via Rogue Farm Corps
By George Farm via Rogue Farm Corps Internship Program
Yale Creek Rd
Little Applegate Valley, OR
Job Type: 
Internship
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

By George Farm is situated on 85 certified organic acres of historic ranch property in Southern
Oregon’s stunning Little Applegate Valley, nestled at the mouth of Yale Creek.. They run a small
dairy herd and operate a Grade A Creamery that produces a variety of farmstead cheeses
which they sell to local restaurants, stores, and farmers markets. In addition, they cultivate a
home garden and maintain food preservation. They course regional, non-GMO grain for their
livestock and all other farming methods are practiced organically. While they focus on dairy,
they integrate multiple facets of farming, focusing on stacked sustainable systems starting with
pasture management and the use of dairy cows to graze the majority of the land. Milk makes
Cheese and whey. Whey is fed to pigs and chickens. They raise pastured, no-corn- no-soy- no-
gmo laying hens and meat birds. The hens provide eggs, fertilizer, and pasture management.
Pigs provide a great way to compost and utilize dairy waste. Chickens are harvested on farm,
and the pork and beef is sold for custom butcher. They also have a small flock of Gotland
sheep for fiber and meat lamb in fall.
By George Farm is one of 18 host farms in the Rogue Farm Corps Internship Program. The
RFC Internship Program is a full season entry-level residential program combining hands-on
training and skills-based education in sustainable agriculture. As an intern, you will live and
train full-time on a host farm, receiving up to 1,500 hours of on-farm training and learning in-
depth skills from your mentor. Your residential farm training experience is combined with farm
tours, classes, and discussion circles throughout the region, as well as opportunities for
independent study. Interns are exposed to a vast array of knowledge and expertise by engaging
in the daily life of vibrant, agricultural communities. See Internship Details below or visit our
website at https://www.roguefarmcorps.org/internship for more info on the program.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Interns at By George can expect to be exposed to a variety of farm tasks including:
● Vegetables: Home garden from starts to preservation.
● Dairy: Calving to breeding, grazing and feeding, hooves, tails, udders and milk pails.
● Creamery: Cheese-making, packing, affinage (cheese preservation), dishes.

● Meat production: Breeding, calving, grazing, feeding, animal handling and care, as well
as harvesting and processing.
● Sheep: Feeding, pasture grazing, fiber harvest and fall meat harvest.
● Marketing and Sales: Farmers' Markets, deliveries to stores, restaurants, and wholesale
distributors.
Our students will need a willingness to learn and an interest in food systems. Large animal
experience preferred. Milking experience a plus. We get up early with the cows to milk in the
morning and in the evening. We usually take a rest in the middle of the day. We move 7 gallon
milk cans and 100 pound bales. Our “mobile egg units” or MEU’s are moved everyday but are
light enough for one person.

Education & Experience: 

The Rogue Farm Corps Internship Program is a full season (6-8
month) entry-level residential internship program. Along with the hands-on field training you will
receive from your Host Farm the Internship Program also includes classroom learning, tours of
local farms, and a farm-based independent study project.

Application Instructions: 

Please visit www.roguefarmcorps.org for more details and application instructions.

Job Categories: 
Education
Farming/Agriculture
Horticulture/Gardening
Livestock/Ranching