Forestdale Farm – Team Member/Apprentice


Contact information
Farm Address:
Flagstaff
Flagstaff, Arizona, 86004

Primary Contact: Forestdale Farm
Primary Phone:
    Type:
Cell
    Number: 9286078507
    Email: farmforestdale@gmail.com

Website: https://www.forestdalefarm.com

Internship information
General Farm Description: Forestdale Farm is a small family farm rooted in Flagstaff, Arizona. We strive to provide our community with high quality produce that is organically, ecologically and sustainably grown. Growing in this space since 2012, we have become well acquainted with the challenging growing conditions and limited resources of an arid, high-altitude region and our farming practices reflect this. As stewards of the land, we value water conservation, biodiversity, and healthy soil (and people!). We grow a large variety of vegetables and herbs, raise chickens, turkeys and rabbits. We offer garden starts, compost, and all farm related services to our community. Currently we have a farmstand, offer CSA farm shares, sell at the Flagstaff Community Markets, local restaurants, and deliver our produce to the Flagstaff Foodbank.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: March or April 2024
Internship Ends: November or December 2024
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: March 1, 2024
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months

Internship Details:

Farm crew team members work on a wide variety of organic farming tasks under the direction of the farm manager or farm owner. They should be enthusiastic about learning all aspects of organic vegetable production, and be able to perform physically demanding labor in all weather conditions.   Farm crew members can expect to learn about many aspects of a diversified small farm operation.  The farm is a fast paced, demanding working environment–especially on harvest and market days. This role requires someone with physical strength, stamina, and focus/attention to detail.. We work together but many of the tasks are independent by nature. An ideal candidate will be able to learn quickly, accept and integrate instructions/feedback, be proactive, and have an attitude that supports teamwork and a positive work environment. Although the work can be demanding it is very rewarding for the right person!

 

Some of the daily tasks performed by the farm crew include: planting, weeding, watering, harvesting and processing field crops, bed building, irrigation set up and repair, crop inspection, general maintenance, assistance with the Farmers Market and weekend events, deliveries, etc

 

Prior experience working on a farm, landscaping or construction business is preferred but not required.

 

Qualifications 

  • Interest in organic, sustainable and regenerative farming
  • Ability to take feedback and use it constructively 
  • Strong communication, problem solving and collaboration skills
  • Ability to quickly and effectively communicate issues with farm manager or owner
  • Ready to work hard physically each day. Must be able to lift at least 50lbs.
  • Ability to work as a team or alone and maintain efficiency
  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions: heat, cold, rain, etc 
  • Ability to take direction and be flexible and adaptable as tasks and priorities change frequently.
  • Ability to perform physically demanding and repetitive tasks
  • Ability to follow instructions and ask questions when clarification is necessary
  • A mind for efficiency, attention to detail, organization and a sense of urgency in tasks
  • Willingness to take initiative and make independent decisions when necessary
  • Ability to learn and use hand tools and other farm specific equipment
  • Good at prioritizing daily/weekly/monthly tasks

Responsibilities and duties 

  • Greenhouse seeding
  • Transplanting
  • Irrigation installation and running of irrigation schedules
  • Cultivation, mulching, and weed control
  • Harvesting, washing, packing vegetables
  • Farmers market sales, set-up and break down
  • CSA set-up and breakdown
  • Produce deliveries
  • Intensive microgreen and baby green production

Work Expectations and Compensation 

  • Full or part time (20-40 hours/week). Seasonal March-December, with sick time.  
  • Hourly rate based on experience: Starting $17.50/hr. Raises and additional paid time off with subsequent seasons, additional responsibilities, and skills acquired on farm. 
  • Farm housing available for rent as available.

Commitment

  • Seasonal March–December

Educational Opportunities: Farm crew members can expect to learn about many aspects of a diversified small farm operation.

Skills Desired: Qualifications  Interest in organic, sustainable and regenerative farming Ability to take feedback and use it constructively  Strong communication, problem solving and collaboration skills Ability to quickly and effectively communicate issues with farm manager or owner Ready to work hard physically each day. Must be able to lift at least 50lbs. Ability to work as a team or alone and maintain efficiency Ability to work outside in all weather conditions: heat, cold, rain, etc  Ability to take direction and be flexible and adaptable as tasks and priorities change frequently. Ability to perform physically demanding and repetitive tasks Ability to follow instructions and ask questions when clarification is necessary A mind for efficiency, attention to detail, organization and a sense of urgency in tasks Willingness to take initiative and make independent decisions when necessary Ability to learn and use hand tools and other farm specific equipment Good at prioritizing daily/weekly/monthly tasks Responsibilities and duties  Greenhouse seeding Transplanting Irrigation installation and running of irrigation schedules Cultivation, mulching, and weed control Harvesting, washing, packing vegetables Farmers market sales, set-up and break down CSA set-up and breakdown Produce deliveries Intensive microgreen and baby green production

Meals: Produce from the farm

Stipend: Full or part time (20-40 hours/week). Seasonal March-December, with sick time.   Hourly rate based on experience: Starting $17.50/hr. Raises and additional paid time off with subsequent seasons, additional responsibilities, and skills acquired on farm. 

Housing: Farm housing available for rent as available.

Preferred method of Contact: farmforestdale@gmail.com