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Farm/Garden Intern at Spoon Full Farm - 3606

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Farm/Garden Intern
Spoon Full Farm
1250 Dudley Rd
Thorp, WA 98946
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Job Description: 

Thank you for your interest in Spoon Full Farm’s Internship Program!

Join a young, dynamic, versatile farm business. Grow some of the world’s most delicious, healthiest food. Learn how to farm in ways that are not just sustainable, but actually healing and regenerative for the earth, our climate, and our culture.

We farmers at Spoon Full Farm invite you to apply to work with us for the 2018 season, on our gorgeous, productive, and diverse farm here on the banks of the Yakima River in central Washington state.

We grow mixed produce in our no-till garden, raise grass-fed lamb and beef, pasture-raised eggs, wildflower honey, and are currently building a commercial kitchen for value-add processing.

The ideal candidate for a Spoon Full Farm internship position aspires to become a farm manager in the future. You are passionate, purpose-driven, a self-starter, community-oriented, energetic, love to learn and communicate well. You are thorough, detail-oriented, able to receive criticism, and adaptable and dependable.

As an intern, you will immerse yourself in the physically and mentally demanding farm lifestyle. Interns must be able to lift 50 pounds all day.

For garden interns, farming experience in a production setting is strongly preferred but not required. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in pursuing farming as a career.

Preference is given to applicants who are able to visit the farm for a working interview.

The Internship runs from March 19th to October 28th, 2018 (33 weeks).

Interns work 5-day weeks, minimum of 10 hours per day, usually including weekend days.

Compensation is room and board, plus a $1,000 monthly stipend.
Start and end dates can be negotiable in some circumstances.

Interns are provided a shared bunk room with a kitchenette and a shared bathroom. You also have the option of setting up a tent / camp if preferred. The nearby Farmhouse is a shared common space with a full kitchen, living room and dining area. Communal meals are frequently shared in the evenings. We eat very well here on the farm. Farm fresh produce and local Elk are common meal staples.

Interns will each lead a part-time personal project that will contribute to the long-term success and diversity of Spoon Full Farm.

Interns must not have pets and must not abuse alcohol or recreational drugs.

Days off can be spent floating on or lounging by the Yakima river, exploring many of the hiking opportunities in central Washington, venturing into Seattle for an urban fix or simply enjoying the natural beauty of Spoon Full Farm.

A month-long probationary period will give interns and Spoon Full Farm discretion to end the internship if it is not a good fit.

Spoon Full Farm does not discriminate based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, gender expression or sexual orientation.

Spoon Full Farm is a startup collaborative farm enterprise founded in 2017. Spoon Full Farm’s 240 acres are nestled alongside the Yakima River in Thorp, Washington, 99 miles east of Seattle. 100 acres of irrigated pastureland contrast over 100 acres of mixed Ponderosa Pine and Cottonwood wildland. While the beauty is immense, our climate is harsh. Spring and summer winds can exceed 50mph, summer heat can top 100F, and our winters deliver several feet of snow.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Interns report to and work alongside the Garden Manager and assist in the success of Spoon Full Farm’s no-till vegetable crop production. They will be responsible for daily operations, including garden expansion, seed propagation, soil preparation, irrigation management, weed management, harvest, and sales. They will be introduced to every aspect of vegetable production, from seed to sale.

Education & Experience: 

You will work primarily in the no-till garden, but will have the opportunity to experience the nuances and detail-oriented planning required to build land-based businesses from the ground up. You get exposure to a broad range of skill-sets and diverse enterprises which provide a robust farm experience. You join a fun and hardworking group of passionate people sharing a common goal in a beautiful setting. We want you to come away with the knowledge and confidence that you can become a career farmer!

Interns will also work regularly with our livestock to gain familiarity around animal and grassland management.

Application Instructions: 

Please send the following to by January 10th.
1. A cover letter describing why you are interested in working at Spoon Full Farm.
2. A short letter detailing where you see yourself in 3 years, 7 years, and 10 years.
3. Your resume describing recent professional work experience and education.
4. Three references, a minimum of two being work references. We will contact your references.

We will follow up with candidates through a series of interviews. Hiring will occur in early January.

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