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Pacific Crest Farm and School
23720 Dockton Rd SW
Vashon Island, WA 98070

Contact: Jen and Bob Keller

Email: jcparker613@hotmail.com

Website: http://www.instagram.com/pacificcrestfarm/, http://www.pacificcrest.org

Last Updated: 02-14-2019

General Description: Pacific Crest Farm is a diverse 19-acre Certified Naturally Grown farm located on Vashon/Maury Island. Our land is owned by Pacific Crest Montessori School, which is located in Seattle. PCS students play an active role in the farm, coming out for weekly day trips, spring overnights and summer camps. We grow mixed vegetables, berries and flowers on approximately 2 acres. We harvest from a diverse array of fruit and nut trees, including apples, Asian pears, figs and chestnuts. In addition, we raise laying hens, turkeys and sheep. We sell our produce through our roadside farm stand, the Vashon Island farmers market, restaurants, and as part of a middle school-run farm stand.

Internship Starts: 03-01-2019
Internship Ends: 11-15-2019
Number of Interns: 3
App Deadline: 02-01-2018
Minimum Length of Stay: Full season

Meals: Produce and eggs are always available. We enjoy a shared dinner weekly.

Skills Desired: Farming or gardening experience is helpful but not necessary. We are looking for applicants with a STRONG WORK ETHIC, EXCELLENT INTERPERSONAL SKILLS, an OBSERVANT EYE and A SENSE OF HUMOR. Our ideal candidate will be able to work quickly and efficiently for long hours and in all weather conditions. They will be enthusiastic, flexible, a team player but also willing to work independently. This individual needs to be able to follow directions, pay attention to details and practice good communication. Interns need to be physically fit with the ability to to lift 50 pounds as well as stand, squat and kneel for extended periods.

Educational Opportunities: Interns will learn all aspects of small farm management, from planning, to seeding and transplanting to harvest and sales. In addition there will be opportunities to work with our students, their families and other volunteers. Vashon Island has a friendly community of growers and there are a number of small farms on the island to visit. We facilitate the CRAFT program, visiting other small farms once or twice a month. We also have a well-stocked agriculture/natural science home library. Please understand that farming is a more than full-time work, it is full-time lifestyle. We are busy and at times during the season it can seem overwhelming. We are looking for interns who are capable of facilitating some of their own education by asking questions and sharing ideas and at the same time being able to see the big picture and work hard along side the rest of the crew.

Stipend: Housing and produce provided. $800 per month

Housing: Accommodation is in rustic bedroom cabins with electricity and heat. There is full access to kitchen and bathroom and living spaces in our comfortable shared farmhouse. Laundry facilities and internet access are provided. Interns must be active participants in the cleaning and general upkeep of common areas. Previous experience living or working in a community is a plus.

Preferred method Of Contact: Email

Internship Details: Interns will work closely with the farm managers. We aim to share all responsibilities and make this a great learning opportunity for someone who sees a future in agriculture. Applicants should have enthusiasm and a serious desire to learn about small-scale farming and farm education. We are looking for people who will embrace their time here and are fully committed to the experience. We have small children and only desire people who are willing to interact with them and be positive role models. Interns work approximately 40-45 hours per week. In addition we have a chore rotation shared by everyone. Our work week runs Tuesday through Saturday.


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