Rainshadow Organics is a family owned and operated full-diet farm in Bend, OR. They have been there since the early 1970’s. The farm is roughly 200 acres (27 acres are under cultivation - usually about 12 in row crops and 15 in grain or cover crops). Rainshadow Organics includes a 7 acre pig pasture, 60 acre cow pasture, 2 acre chicken pasture, and the rest in native habitat where organic pollinator species are grown. Rainshadow is a certified organic, biodynamic, full-diet farm with dozens of varieties of certified organic vegetables, herbs, berries, flowers, pork, chicken, eggs, turkeys, beef, honey, and grains. There are two dairy cows that provide daily milk. The soil fertility is built with Rainshadow’s own composted horse, cow, and chicken manure and the they take pride in looping the farm’s nutrients and resources into their community and back to the land. All of the crops are grown are distributed within 50 miles of the farm through a CSA program, to local restaurants and grocery stores, via a farm store and farmers’ markets. Wood-fired pizza gatherings, farm tours, and other events happen at the farm during the summer. In 2017 they opened a commercial kitchen, farm store, and restaurant on the property where they process and preserve food from the farm. Rainshadow hosts weekly farm-to-table lunches, brunches, and dinner events throughout the year. There is an award-winning chef and a preservation specialist working in the commercial kitchen daily to make pickles, krauts, tomato sauce, dairy products, fresh baked goods, jams, and other items.
Rainshadow Organics 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 an educational class series, social events and networking opportunities. To learn more about the programs and to apply, visit https://www.roguefarmcorps.org/training
Interns will focus on vegetable production with a smattering livestock tasks sprinkled in. Rainshadow involves teamwork with completing the following tasks: planting, prepping beds, weeding, harvesting, processing chickens, cleaning manure, training tomatoes, managing pests, building irrigation systems, laying out drip lines, washing and packing produce, packing meat for market, harvesting lettuce mix, etc.… One intern works in the commercial kitchen one week a month. This kitchen is also where you prepare your own meals, breakfast and dinner. Because it is a commercial space, there are many guidelines regarding food safety, sanitation, etc that need to be followed even when using the kitchen on your own time. You will be learning customer service, cash handling, beverage making, wine service, proper table setting, sequence of serving, catering, a la carte cooking, cheese making, fermentation, pickling, bread baking, etc. One of the great bonuses of this kitchen is that everyone sits down as a crew to a farm style lunch every day. All participants are required to have their food handlers card and alcohol servers permit prior to arrival at the farm. Half of the cost will be reimbursed. RFC classes, tours, and discussions are not part of on-farm training hours. Rainshadow is looking to place up to 4 interns for the 2021 season.
Learn more at https://www.roguefarmcorps.org/host-farms/rainshadow-organics
Interns at Rainshadow Organics 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. 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. 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 to complete an independent project. 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