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Springrain Farm & Orchard
Po Box 1015
187 Covington Dr
Chimacum, WA 98325

Contact: John G. Bellow

Phone: 425-218-7756

Email: Jbellow@springrainfarm.org

Website: http://www.Springrainfarm.org

Last Updated: 01-23-2019

General Description: SpringRain Farm & Orchard is a certified organic family farm located in the heart of Chimacum on 28 acres of prime agricultural land. We grow a wide variety of small fruits, orchard fruits, perennial vegetables, greenhouse crops, salad greens, and also produce honey, eggs, chicken, rabbit, duck, and lamb. In addition, we produce value-added products such as dried herbs, jams and jellies, and various pestos. Our mission is to use the best available knowledge to sustainably and organically produce food for our local community. We sell 100% of our products within a 60 mile radius and strive to provide a wide range of healthy, ethically-raised food to our local community. We use a diversified farming system that involves protein, vegetables, fruit, and pollinators to provide the most sustainable system possible. We take our cue from nature and strive to develop an ecological system that closely matches a natural ecosystem. At SpringRain Farm, we are committed to conservation and caring for the land we live and grow on. We work with the USDA to employ conservation practices designed to protect soil and water quality, we have worked to restore Chimacum Creek, a critical habitat for salmon, established a riparian buffer and planted native tree species, and donated a conservation easement on the farm to the Jefferson Land Trust, which means our property is protected forever as farm land. We generate power with a solar system and are installing a wind turbine and heat plant. We think deeply about the health of the soil, the water, the animals, the plants, and the people we farm with.

Internship Starts: 03-01-2019
Internship Ends: 11-30-2019
Number of Interns: 3
App Deadline: 02-10-2019
Minimum Length of Stay: Full Season

Meals: Meals are eaten by everyone on their own. Surplus food from the farm is provided to every employee. Some is surplus that came back from the farmers market while other is what you harvest for yourself.

Skills Desired: Qualifications:

- At least two seasons previous experience working in diversified organic agriculture
- Experience raising mixed salad greens, greenhouse crops, and berries.
- Superb attention to detail and quality.
- Clean driving record and valid drivers license
- Ability to organize tasks, prioritize activities, and meet daily and weekly outcomes
- Willingness to follow directions and work independently or as part of a team as needed
- Excellent problem solving skills are a must
- Appreciation of farm financial needs and the importance of efficient and effective work
- Patience and ability to work well with diverse people under stressful conditions
- Flexibility and willingness to address unforeseen events and work needs
- Able to work effectively on physically demanding jobs for extended periods
- Able to lift 50 lbs repeatedly
- Ability and willingness to work effectively in inclement weather conditions
- Dedication to sustainable farming lifestyle
- Desire to socialize and build a team spirit on the farm Successful applicants will demonstrate experience and knowledge of general organic production practices such as irrigation, weed management, pest and disease management. Ideal candidates will demonstrate experience and in-depth knowledge in at least one or more of these areas: cane berry management and production, blueberry management, tree fruit management and production, production of organic greenhouse crops, organic seedling production, microgreens, or mixed salad production. Additionally, experience in direct sales of farm products, and familiarity with machinery and equipment operations is desired.

Educational Opportunities: John, the farmer, focuses on training every crew member in our complex diversified system. His intention is that at the end of the season, our folks could go off and grow their own crops.

Stipend: This position is full time (approximately 40 -50 hours per week, varying seasonally). The position is 5 days per week from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm from Tuesday to Saturday. Friday and Saturday availability is required. Compensation starts at $12.00/ hr. with paid sick leave, paid Family& Medical Leave, and surplus food from the farm. While the position ends on Nov 30, 2019, longer term employment will be negotiated on an individual basis and for the right person, there is potential for advancement into a managerial role after a year on the farm.

Housing: Several on-farm housing options are negotiable as part of the overall compensation package.

Preferred method Of Contact: Email

Internship Details: THIS IS NOT AN INTERNSHIP--IT IS PAID EMPLOYMENT We are looking for 2-3 new crew members to join our small but mighty band. 1-2 positions will focus primarily on salad production from seeding, transpanting, weeding, to harvesting and packing. 1 position will focus on greenhouse production in our 8 greenhouses. In the summer we grow a variety of warm weather crops and fruits and in the fall-winter, hardy greens. In addition to the focus area, the grower will help will all other aspects of the job as needed: planting, weeding, harvesting plants, picking berries, cleaning, planting perennial berries, caring for animals, building infrastructure, etc. While 40-50% of the job will be focused on the focus area, the other 50-60% will focus on whatever needs to be done. This includes a lot of berry picking. For a full description of both types of positions and more information about the farm, go to http://www.springrainfarm.org/work-with-us/


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