Wooldridge Creek Winery is located on over 200 acres in the renowned Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon. The land, which houses the vineyard and farm, includes 56 acres of planted grape vines and 150 acres of forest land on a south facing slope, surrounded by other vineyards, small farms, ranches, and public lands. Situated in the heart of the Applegate Valley, Wooldridge Creek Winery is about 30 minutes south of Grants Pass, and 45 minutes north of Medford. The area is a popular destination for hiking, rafting, paragliding, and wine tasting!
Wooldridge Creek Winery makes estate wines and also does custom crush for many labels around the state and even the country. They are a very small operation with an extremely high production. As well as operating the vineyard, Wooldridge Creek is also home to Crushpad Creamery, a small creamery making artisan goat and cow milk cheese. The creamery currently purchases cow milk from Noble Diary (certified organic) and also operates a goat dairy, which is currently located 40 minutes away at Pholia Farm in Rogue River. Wooldridge Creek is excited to be moving the dairy operation to the winery property in late Spring/early Summer of 2019.
The internship at Wooldridge Creek Winery will be focused on learning about the goat dairy operation, with opportunities to learn about cheesemaking, gardening, vineyard management, and wine making as well. The intern will train alongside Dairy Manager, Gillian, a former RFC intern herself. Responsibilities will include milking 3-4 days a week, morning and evening farm chores 5 days a week, care of livestock including goats, chickens, mini horse and donkey, helping out during kidding season, and caring for baby goats including bottle feeding. Dairy production will involve milking, milk machine maintenance, and safe food handling procedures.
Training will be very heavy in the first few weeks including working at Pholia Farm, managing baby goats and learning how to use milk machine. General training schedule will be 5 days a week 8am-mid afternoon with a long break in the afternoon and an hour in the evening prior to dark to put the animals away for the night. Approximately 35 hours a week. Two full days off a week.
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.
Details on the Rogue Farm Corps Internship Program.
ON-FARM TRAINING (~40+ HOURS/WEEK)
The Internship is a hands-on learning experience. The vast majority of your time will be spent learning by doing. You will train alongside your mentor and independently to develop skills while accomplishing daily tasks that move your host farm along through the season.
Rogue Farm Corps works closely with farm mentors to provide you with a skill-based curriculum that is unique to your host farm. Our Chapter Coordinators will conduct formal on-site evaluations with interns and host farmers to ensure that your education and training goals are being met.
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS: CLASSES, FARM TOURS, AND DISCUSSIONS (~3-5 TIMES PER MONTH)
To augment your training and learning at your host farm, you will join other interns in your local region for classes that teach practical skills as well as foundational concepts and knowledge, farm tours, discussion circles and potlucks throughout the agricultural region. These are led by Rogue Farm Corps staff, agricultural professionals, and expert farmers. You can expect a variety of teaching approaches and locations, from traditional classroom settings to experiential on-farm settings. Topics include but not limited to soil science, basic horticulture, tractors, greenhouse and plant propagation, seed saving, post harvest handling, crop planning, irrigation, animal husbandry, dairy, and integrated pest management.
INDEPENDENT PROJECTS (~1-2 HOURS PER WEEK)
During the course of the farming season, every intern will complete an independent project, submit a report and make a short presentation at the end-of-season Closing Dinner. Examples of previous independent projects include raising a small flock of ducks for market, constructing a root crop storage room, developing recipe cards for market customers, and building an outdoor cob oven.
The Internship Program has a tuition fee of $1,750.
Upon acceptance, interns pay a $250 non-refundable deposit to secure their placement. An additional $500 payment is due at New Student Orientation. Two additional payments of $500 are due on June 15 and August 15.
RFC will work with individual interns to set up a payment plan if requested in writing.
Your $1,750 tuition includes $500 for the educational event series, including instructor honoraria, materials and supplies, and other event costs, plus $1,250 for your Chapter Coordinator’s time spent on promotion, developing materials, facilitating orientations and evaluations, coordinating the event series, and administrative costs. Your Chapter Coordinator is available for ongoing check-ins and support throughout the duration of your internship.
Wooldridge Creek is a host farm for 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. Visit our website at https://www.roguefarmcorps.org/internship for more info on the program and application instructions.