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Garden Apprentice at Spoon Full Farm - 9452

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Garden Apprentice
Spoon Full Farm
1250 Dudley Rd
98946 Thorp , WA ,
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About Spoon Full Farm:

Spoon Full Farm is a startup collaborative farm enterprise founded in 2017. Our 242 acres are nestled alongside the Yakima River in Thorp, Washington, 99 miles east of Seattle. Spoon Full Farm consists of 100 acres of irrigated pastureland, as well as over 100 acres of mixed Ponderosa Pine and Cottonwood wildland. It is amazingly beautiful, hot in the summer, often dry, and often very very windy. We grow produce on a 3-acre garden, raise grass-fed cattle, collect pasture-raised eggs, harvest raw wildflower honey, and ferment probiotic hot sauce in a commercial kitchen.

Our mission is to build soil to grow diverse crops, allowing for delicious ways to heal the body and the whole earth from the ground up. Here's how it works: Thriving microbiology in soil grows delicious, nutrient-dense plants, stores carbon underground in solid form, and cleans our air and water. So when our customers share Spoon Full Farm food with their loved ones, they thrive in good health, and so does the earth. Our gardens, fields, and orchards mimic and augment ecosystems, in order to balance the resilient biodiversity of nature with the productive capacity to make a profit and feed everyone.

Join a young, dynamic, versatile farm business. Learn how to farm in ways that are not just sustainable, but actually healing and regenerative for the land, our climate, and our culture. We farmers at Spoon Full Farm invite you to apply to work with us for the 2020 season, on our gorgeous, productive, and biodiverse farm, here on the banks of the Yakima River in central Washington state. If you are passionate, purpose-driven, community-oriented, energetic, detail-oriented, able to handle constructive feedback, adaptable, and willing to learn, then we would love to read your application. The ideal candidate for a Spoon Full Farm apprenticeship position aspires to become a farm manager in the future.

About the apprenticeship:

As an apprentice, you will immerse yourself in the physically and mentally demanding farm lifestyle. One full season of prior experience on a production farm is preferred but not strictly required. Apprentices must be able to lift 50 pounds all day, work with a team and individually and complete repetitive farm tasks (weeding) on a regular basis.

Ideal start date for the apprenticeship is April 15th, 2020 and runs to October 31st, 2020. Our ideal candidate will be available for the whole season’s duration. Apprentices work 5-day weeks, 10 hours per day. Days off may or may not be Saturday and Sunday, depending on the market season. Compensation includes housing (with kitchenette and bathroom), $200/week stipend, and farm vegetables and eggs. We host two community nights a week in the nearby Farmhouse for all apprentices and managers. We eat very well here on the farm. Farm fresh produce, pasture-raised eggs and local humane meat are staples.

In addition, apprentices will have the opportunity to lead a project that will contribute to the long-term success and diversity of Spoon Full Farm. Past projects have included fermented chicken feed, cut flowers, and cover crop rotations.

Apprentices must not have pets and must not abuse alcohol or recreational drugs. Completion of a month-long probationary period is required.

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

Duties & Responsibilities: 

As an apprentice, you will take part in the numerous Spoon Full Farm enterprises.

You will primarily work in the garden and report to the Garden Manager and Assistant Garden Manager. You will assist in all aspects of our production garden which supports a 80-member CSA and our own in-house ferments (including probiotic hot sauce and sauerkraut).

Daily tasks will include seed propagation, bed preparation, transplanting, direct seeding, irrigation, weeding, pruning, harvesting and processing.

Other aspects of the apprenticeship will include animal chores (feeding chickens, collecting eggs), processing peppers for probiotic hot sauce, and working farmers markets as needed.

Education & Experience: 

Everyone who comes to Spoon Full Farm learns a lot. That’s partly because we are a young farm and partly because of the wide range of operations and enterprises that we are growing. Everyone here at Spoon Full has diverse interests, knowledge, and skills. The ideas of regenerative agriculture, agro-ecology, and intensively-managed grazing are the theoretical bases of our operation, so you will learn a lot about these topics and more, even without a formal educational curriculum.

Join a fun and hardworking group of passionate people sharing a common goal in a beautiful setting. We want you to come away with much of the knowledge and confidence that you will need to become a career farmer!

Application Instructions: 

Please send the following to

1. A cover letter, including an introduction about yourself and your journey to agriculture, why you are interested in working at Spoon Full Farm, and a brief insight into 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 (minimum of 2 work references)

Shortly after receiving your application, we will reach out to schedule an interview.

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