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Organic Farming Internship at Blue Mountain Farm - 10468

Job Title: 
Organic Farming Internship
Blue Mountain Farm
6432 Quartz Mine Rd.
95246 Mountain Ranch , CA
US
Job Type: 
Internship
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

Blue Mountain Farm, is a located in the beautiful foothills of Northern California’s Sierra Nevada. Currently in the process of obtaining organic certification this month through CCOF. The farm grows a large assortment of mostly heirloom fruit, vegetables, flowers, and culinary/medicinal herbs along with raising chickens for eggs.

Now Seeking 2 Farm Interns. Ideal candidates will have integrity, great attention to detail, problem solving skills, physical stamina and strength. Interns will take part in all farm operations, including seeding, transplanting, greenhouse production, field preparation, cultivation, careful efficient harvesting for maximum crop quality, seed saving, pruning the orchard, washing and packing, distribution of produce, and interaction with customers at market.

Additionally, Interns will have the opportunity to learn about the workings of a small farm, operation and functions of tractor implements, and gain a greater understanding of soil fertility, crop rotation, cover cropping, companion planting, beekeeping, fungi culture, viticulture, orchard care, plant immunity, natural disease and insect control, and irrigation. This internship is until November of 2020 but may be extended further for interns wanting to continue through the winter season and spring.

The farm is in a rural area near the edge of BLM and National Forest land. There are lots opportunities for hiking, swimming, fishing, and skiing. The farm has two sites off the same road. One site completely off grid at the top of the canyon with mixed forest and panoramic views of volcanic lava caps nestled in front of the Mountain. The 2nd farm site is in the lower part of the canyon has more shade, and lays between two creeks. Can usually swim in the larger creek between June and July. The creek is adjacent to the garden with big old oaks at it’s edge. It is about 30min -1hour drive to the various surrounding towns. The closest town, Murphys, is about 30 minutes drive and has lots of wineries, restaurants, and shops.

Interns receive a weekly stipend of $200
Some staples are provided such as milk, bread, cheese, yogurt, and eggs & vegetables from the farm.
Housing is provide an rv
Wifi is available along with weekly access to laundry.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Interns will take part in all farm operations, including seeding, transplanting, greenhouse production, field preparation, cultivation, careful efficient harvesting for maximum crop quality, seed saving, pruning the orchard, washing and packing, distribution of produce, and interaction with customers at market.
One can expect to work 50 hours a week. Work on the farm during the warm season is about 8-9 hours a day 5-6 days week. Usually about 4 hours in the morning and 4 hours in the afternoon or late afternoon. Breaks usually sometime between 11-4 for 2-4 hours depending on work to accomplish each day. Market day is an 10-12 hour day that rotates between famers and interns each week.

Education & Experience: 

-One season previous farm experience preferred but not necessary
-Be in good physical shape with ability to bend, lift, and kneel frequently
-Have excellent communication skills
-Must work well independently and with others
-Have passion for life and the work they do
-Excellent work ethic
-Have a valid drivers license
-Ability to work outside in all weather conditions
-Due to location of farm, having a personal vehicle is usually necessary
- Willingness to fully commit to the farm for the season or agreed upon time frame

Application Instructions: 

To apply send an email to kristen@bluemtnfarm.com, that includes a resume with details about yourself, work experience, education, and any relevant training or skills applicable to the position. Include a minimum of 3 work and/or academic references.

Job Categories: 
Farming/Agriculture