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Pasture Based Livestock Internship at Deck Family Farm - 4402

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Pasture Based Livestock Internship
Deck Family Farm
25362 High Pass Road
Junction City, OR 97448
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Job Description: 

Deck Family Farm is a 320-acre Certified Organic farm located in Western Willamette Valley, near Eugene Oregon. Deck is a diversified operation with the current focus on Pasture Raised Meats, raw dairy, fruit & nuts. We stand on the principles of humane handling, conservation practices including riparian restoration and exclusion, and management intensive grazing.

Deck is a family oriented farm with an "open gate" policy, meaning the farm is open to visitors any day but Sunday. We strive to be transparent in our practices and to be a conduit for folks to stay connected to their agricultural heritage.

Deck Family Farm currently consists of the following enterprises: Raw milk dairy: Milking an average of 10-15 cows year round. The herd is a legal cooperative and owned by shareholders who pay for feed, care and milking of the herd. Butter, cheese, and yogurt along with fresh milk are produced for shareholders.

Heritage pasture raised hazelnut finished pork. Sow farrow in the barn in the winter. Piglets are fed raw milk from the dairy during weaning and finished on hazelnuts. We produce our pigs birth to finish.

Organic Pasture Raised Heritage Beef: 100% grass fed and finished Certified Organic Heritage Galloway beef. Our management intensive grazing system has brought greater fertility to our pastures, and rotating crops of grains, legumes and grasses has extended our grazing season to 8-9 months of the year.

Chickens: We have organic layers for eggs, and roasters for meat. All chickens are out on pasture during the day and housed in "chicken tractors" at night to prevent predation. Chickens are grazed behind, and sometimes beside, cattle. In addition to their great tasting eggs, the poultry is an integral part of breaking parasite life cycles and bringing more fertility to the pastures.

Sheep: Our flock size is 150 ewes. We normally lamb in the early spring with babies coming in the months of January-March. Our current breeds are Romney, Dorset, Suffolk and Textile. Much of our grazing is on leased ground off site.

Garden: We are experimenting with a large home garden, aimed to balance our diets with fresh veggies year round. The garden is often intern initiated and run.

Marketing: We direct market to our customers through farmer's markets, buying clubs, grocery stores and a Full Farm CSA program rolled out earlier this year. All farm interns are required to participate in this level of the business because it is the engine that drives profitability and allows us to stay in business farming.

Meals: All meals are provided, evening meal is family style, with all community members sharing in rotating cooking and cleaning chores.

Educational Opportunities: Humane handling, rotational grazing, forage management, irrigation, fencing, milking, spreadsheets, marketing, birthing, community living dynamic, basic gardening, breeding programs and basic treatments, farm equipment, plumbing, electric wire. Visits to neighboring farms, yogurt, butter and cheese making.

Stipend: $3200 for 9 month internship, Room and Board included........... $6,000 for 1 year internship, Room and Board included........... $10,600 for 2nd year apprenticeship Room and Board Included.....

Housing: Shared intern room or cabins. Kitchen, bathroom and laundry access in main house.

It is our hope that through the years we can partner with other individuals and families committed to the principles of strong work ethics, environmental justice and good business practices. If you think this description fits you, please give us a call.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Deck Family Farm work day begins at 6 AM with milking, farm meeting and chores. We break at noon for lunch and a short rest and resume a few hours before dark for evening chores and milking. The work week is 5 days on 2 days off 8-10 hours/day. We appreciate flexibility depending on the season and work load.

Accommodations are modest, either shared housing in an intern room or cabin or COB house.

We are currently offering two types of internships for the 2018 season

6 Month Apprenticeship with stipend: Apprentices will work in the following areas: Pastured Pork, Raw Jersey Dairy, Beef Herd and Management Intensive grazing, Lamb, Pastured Poultry, and Marketing. We rotate interns through all areas of the farm, but personal interest, aptitude and availability plays a key role in placement. There is a $400/month stipend including room and board for this position. $200/month will be paid at the end of months 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 and final payment of $1,000 at the end for a total of $2,000 cash for the entire 6 months. For interns choosing to remain on the farm longer than 6 months, we offer $500/month for the following 6 months. If the fit is good, we are very interested in retaining interns for future employment.

1-3 month commitment: In this position, the first month will be mostly helping out where needed. Expect physically demanding work involving clean up and assisting with chores. The next few months will be training in chores and potentially training in the dairy. Accommodations are mostly tent and barn camping. There is NO STIPEND associated with the 1-3 month position, but it does include room and board.

Education & Experience: 

No experience required, however must have:
Strong work ethic,
Ability to work long hours,
Ability to follow directions
Willingness to work on communication skills.
Ability to lift 50lb+,
Ability/interest in working with a range of cultures and ages.

Application Instructions: 

Email us the following to your resume, a short paragraph about why you are interested in applying for an internship with Deck and 3 most recent professional references.

Or call our office (541) 998-4697 Monday-Saturday 8am-4pm Pacific Time.

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