Organic Farming Apprenticeship

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Horton Road Organics, located in the Oregon coast range, integrates education, sustainable food production and community events throughout our main season, April through October. The farm organically grows over 30 varieties of crops on 5 acres which supply a 40-member CSA, three farmers markets, several restaurants and local natural food stores. The fields are tended mainly with hand work going into intensively cropped raised beds and greenhouse production. Each season, our farm welcomes a crew that includes farming apprentices and managers.
 
Expectations:
The Horton Road Organics apprentice program is predominantly hands-on. Apprentices spend much of their time planting, weeding, harvesting and preparing vegetables. They also dig and fertilize raised beds, go to farmers markets, do deliveries, keep records, choose projects to pursue, and write for the CSA newsletter. Throughout the season, students are expected to gain mastery over different tasks and develop an understanding of the working farm that comes with working closely with fellow crew members and being an important part of a seasonal crew. What is learned in the field is contextualized by classes and field trips that introduce students to the basic subjects involved in small scale organic farming. Both farm owners have been in agriculture for over 25 years and have a very good sense of the balance of skills and inspiration required to create a working farm or garden project. 
 
Apprentices do well if they are open to what there is to learn and not necessarily attached to a specific agricultural philosophy or technique. Prior field experience can be very helpful but not as important as a willingness to meet the demands of the farm each day. It is essential that apprentices: (1) Are able to commit to the entire season mid-April through October and have a good work ethic, (2) Are physically able to do field work, which involves a combination of stamina, strength and flexibility, and (3) Are able to work well with others in a team, have good communications skills, and are prepared to contribute time and energy to community building activities. The season culminates in each apprentice's presentation of their "Faux Farm" - a project presented to the group for review, designed to integrate the season’s learning.
 
Compensation: 
  • Education: Our program is framed by a series of informal classes designed to introduce major topics and resources for exploration. Classes are broken up by field trips to a wide array of local farms that demonstrate the diversity within alternative agriculture. In addition to classes and field trips, apprentices have access to their own garden plot for experimentation and off time to pursue interests not specifically covered in our syllabus. By the end of the season, apprentices will have developed necessary field skills, have a good idea of what it takes to create and operate an organic farm and determine some direction for the next step of their training. 
  • Meals: In addition to the bounty in the fields, the farm supplements the community pantry with a number of basic organic bulk beans, grains, and oils. Barn living includes a mix of having your own private food area and participating in group meals. 
  • Stipend: $800 month minus federal and state withholding; Extra pay for Saturday Market shifts; Worker's Comp Insurance; Sick days as needed & limited Vacation time 
  • Housing: Private rooms in a renovated barn with kitchen, bath, outdoor solar shower & community room. Access to main dwelling for laundry. Phone and internet access available.
 
Application Information:
To apply, please fill out the online application at: https://www.hortonorganics.com/apprenticeship-program/application/
2020 Apprenticeship Duration: April 12-October 31, 2019 
Application Deadline: Open until filled
 
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Contact Information

Name: 
Bill Booth
City: 
Blachly
State/Province: 
Oregon
Phone: 
541-925-3019