Fiddlehead Farm is a host farm for the Rogue Farm Corps Internship Program. More info and applications are at https://roguefarmcorps.org. You can see Fiddlehead's posting on the RFC site here: https://www.roguefarmcorps.org/next-farms/2015/10/29/fiddlehead-farm
Fiddlehead Farm is a women owned and operated family farm tucked into the Sandy River valley in the rural community of Corbett. The farm is nineteen acres, with six acres in cultivation for the sustainable production of Certified Organic vegetables. The remaining acreage is kept in native forest that is dense, wild, and beautiful. Given this balance we are committed to growing food in an ecologically sound manner, with special focus on conservation. We feel very strongly that food production has huge implications on quality of life, environmental health, and community vitality. We are excited to share our practices with the next generation of farmers.
Corbett is a small rural community located just 20 miles east of Portland, at the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge. The area is rich in natural beauty and has many hiking trails, viewpoints, and swimming holes, some of which are accessible directly from the farm. The local grange hall is a popular gathering place with regular classes, potlucks and square dances. To experience all of what Corbett and the surrounding areas have to offer we require that interns have their own transportation.
We take great pride in the food we grow and our vegetables are known for being of the highest quality. Our produce is sold through a CSA, at two busy farmers markets, to a local natural grocery chain, a food coop, several processors, and a small handful of restaurants. Fiddlehead is a production focused farm. Our family derives all of our income from the farm so we work hard to maintain a thriving and sustainable business model.
Our crew consists of farmers Katie and Tayne, two Rogue interns, full and part time staff, regular volunteers, and wwoofers during the peak season. We find that having a rotating but solid pool of helpers keeps the work days fun and motivating.
The farm regularly hosts volunteers and wwoofers from diverse backgrounds, and we work hard to create a safe and welcoming environment. Any form of racism, homophobia, transphobia, or bigotry will not be tolerated.
ROOM / BOARD / STIPEND
Intern accommodations are either a cozy airstream trailer or a small cabin with a loft. Both have heat and electricity. A fully stocked outdoor kitchen with a refrigerator, gas range, and hot water is shared among the interns and wwoofers, as well as an outdoor shower and composting toilet. Interns have access to an outdoor washing machine and clothesline. Wireless internet is accessible near the barn.
We provide interns with a full and healthy “vegan” diet (although we are by no means a vegan farm) that includes basic staples (bulk beans and grains, oatmeal, oil, spices, etc.) and an abundance of produce from the fields. In addition, we pay for interns to access a food salvage program at the local grange that provides a hefty volume of quality food. There are several farms nearby that are open to trading for dairy, eggs, and meat if there is interest. Interns are responsible for preparing their own meals and there will be a potluck once per week.
We pay a monthly stipend. The details of the room, board, and stipend package will be discussed during the interview process. (RFC recommends its host farms pay $500-700 / month educational stipend in additional to the room and board package).
We are looking for interns who are thoughtful, considerate, hardworking, and dedicated to an entire season (April – October). We value communication, positivity, openness, and curiosity.
Ideally, we’d like to meet with prospective interns on the farm prior to the season starting.
RFC interns will train directly with us 5 days per week, 7-9 hours per day, on most aspects of the operation, including but not limited to: planting, harvest, weeding, irrigation, wash/pack, trellising, sorting, cleaning, organizing, farm improvements, and potentially marketing and deliveries. We accomplish these tasks through the use of hand tools, tractors, and scale-appropriate equipment– all of which interns will become proficient in the use of throughout the season.
A unique aspect of our mentorship is we are in the fields full time with our new farmers. We provide strong structure to each day with clear goals and expectations, and lead by example for efficient farming habits. We strive to balance physical projects with less strenuous tasks. Not only does this keep our bodies healthy, but also helps keep morale and productivity high. Initial learning for each task will come in the form of clear, detailed instruction, but most of the skill development will come about through observation, repetition, and reflection. We very much enjoy sharing our insights and thought processes, and are committed to fostering an environment of clear, open communication. The training of interns will be a combination of team projects and individual activities that shift regularly. We value the ability of interns to listen and follow directions, as well as observe and emulate.
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. 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.