Sun Spirit Farm is located on 30 riverfront acres of certified organic farmland on the Applegate River in Southern Oregon. They raise goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, horses, dogs, cats, and honeybees and grow organic annual veggies, perennial fruits, and medicinal and culinary herbs, using tractors, low-tech tools, and our hands. They use greenhouses to extend the growing season for our region and sell wholesale to local grocery stores, local restaurants, farmer’s markets, and a CSA.
Sun Spirit is a family farm, owned and operated by Brian and Michelle, who live there with their son. They are environmental activists who work for social justice and human rights, and are deeply committed to sustainable living and farming practices. Their farm manager, Kyra, will be working closely with the interns as well. They have been committed to organics for 20 years, and say “Growing food for ourselves and our community is our livelihood, our lifestyle, our spirituality, and a form of activism.” They enjoy sharing their beautiful farmland with others.
Sun Spirit is one of several host farms in the Rogue Farm Corps Internship Program. The RFC Internship Program is a full season entry-level residential program combining hands-on training and skills-based education in sustainable agriculture. As an intern, you will live and train full-time on a host farm, receiving up to 1,500 hours of on-farm training and learning in-depth skills from your mentor. Your residential farm training experience is combined with farm tours, classes, and discussion circles throughout the region, as well as opportunities for independent study. Interns are exposed to a vast array of knowledge and expertise by engaging in the daily life of vibrant, agricultural communities. Rogue Farm Corps seeks to train an inclusive next generation of farmers and encourages applicants of all backgrounds and identities to apply.
Stipend: We pay a monthly stipend. The details of the room, board, and stipend package will be discussed during the interview process.
Farm meals can accommodate vegan, vegetarian, or meat diets, and depends on individual needs, and interns have access to all food produced on the farm.
Housing: We offer room and board for our interns in the form of full-time access to a common building with wood-stove, well-stocked kitchen, wireless internet, a hot shower, bathroom, and washer and dryer. Interns will be provided with individual sleeping quarters either in trailers or bunkhouses. No tobacco smoking is allowed indoors.
Preferred method Of Contact: Apply at www.roguefarmcorps.org
Responsibilities and Training Schedule:
As an intern at our farm you can expect to get hands-on practice in skills such as livestock care, milking goats, planting, cultivation, harvesting, selling at market, use of farm equipment, carpentry, food preservation, seed saving, irrigation, and pest management. We teach and train interns through demonstration, hands-on practice, and verbal communication.
We expect interns to participate in five on-farm training days each week, approximately 8 hours/day, with two days off each week. Light to heavy physical exertion is to be expected daily.
Qualifications: Previous farming experience is desired though not required. Most importantly we are looking for people with commitment, dedication, a high level of integrity and attention to details.
Educational Opportunities: 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.
See Internship Details below or visit our website at https://www.roguefarmcorps.org/internship for more info on the program.