FULL TILTH & LAUGHING CROW
Last Updated On: febrero 21st, 2024 at 08:13AM MST
Contact informationFarm Address:
5237 Northeast Falcon Ridge Lane
Poulsbo, Washington, 98370
Primary Contact: Renee Ziemann
Secondary Contact: Betsey Wittick
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Flexible internship position(s) with two complementary, multi-generational, women-owned small organic family farms located in Bainbridge Island and Poulsbo, WA. Many opportunities for learning and leadership within a great community! Part time or full time work available. Each week, interns could split their time between two farms. Laughing Crow Farm is a 25 year old business operating on a historic 40 acre farm. Full Tilth Farm is managed by two former Laughing Crow apprentices, now in their 10th year of farming. Laughing Crow has about two acres in annual vegetables, specializing in storage crops. Full Tilth uses low-till and no-till techniques to grow about an acre of mixed vegetables (lots of tomatoes) and about an acre of berries, propagates plant starts in greenhouses, and raises a small flock of laying hens. Laughing Crow is also associated with Bainbridge Vineyards, a 6-acre organic vineyard making all its own wines on site. The two farms use a mixture of draft horses, tractor, and hand power, and sell our products at local farmers markets, via CSA, and to restaurants. All organic practices used. The farms are about 15 min (driving) apart from each other, are a short ferry ride from Seattle and close to great hiking on the Olympic Peninsula. Full Tilth address: 5237 Falcon Ridge Ln NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370. Laughing Crow address: 8997 NE Day Rd, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: Flexible. Ideally one intern 4/1/2024 and another intern 6/1/2024
Internship Ends: Flexible. Could go as late as 10/31/2024
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: ASAP
Minimum Length of Stay: Flexible
Update: Flexible start date and possibilities for part-time work. Please contact us if interested for full season or just for mid-season only!
There will be a wide variety of vegetable, berry, and vineyard tasks where you will work alongside the farmers, participating in seeding, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, pruning and vine tending. You could help with weekly sales at the local farmers market. Several free educational workshops organized by WSU and Kitsap County Extension will be available. We are excited to share our farming knowledge with a new generation of farmers! Please submit a cover letter, resume and three references to apply.
Educational Opportunities: This is primarily a work-based internship with most learning happening in the field. We have found it meaningful to take time during the workday to go over topics that are pertinent to the task at hand. You will get a well-rounded, hands-on experience of small-scale vegetable farming, including exposure to propagation, irrigation, soil preparation, weed management, season extension techniques, harvesting, insect & disease control, marketing, etc. You will also gain an understanding of vineyard management in the Puget Sound region. We offer further learning opportunities in farm business planning, using draft horses, small construction, pruning and wine making for individuals that are self-motivated and willing to commit time above and beyond the internship daily expectations. Interns will participate in off-farm educational workshops run cooperatively by Washington State University (WSU) Kitsap County Extension and local farmers. This will help provide a broader perspective on farming options and skills.
Skills Desired: We are looking for two individuals who have a positive attitude, enthusiasm about farming and local food, a desire to learn, a dependable nature, a strong back and good knees (including ability to lift 40 lbs.), are comfortable working independently and with a team, and are willing to work hard outside in all weather for long hours at repetitive tasks. Good people/communication skills are important. You must have your own transportation (in order to get back and forth between the two farms.) You must be 18 yrs or older. Prior farming or gardening experience is preferable but not necessary. Interest in eventually starting your own farm business is a plus!
Meals: Some produce from the farms will be available for your use all season. We generally bring our own lunches but eat together during work days and love to gather sporadically for an evening meal/potluck. Other than that, meals can be on your own or shared with other interns.
Stipend: Full time Interns would work part time on two farms, totaling 40 hours per week (50 hours in July & Aug). Pay for full time is $1000/month with housing provided and access to some farm produce for cooking. Part-time Internship is also available and pay would be pro-rated. Housing may or may not be available for part-time.
Housing: Full-time Interns will have free housing for the season. There are a few options which will be discussed with candidates. Each option has some private and some shared space. Housing may or may not be available for part-time.
Preferred method of Contact: Email preferred, phone ok. Please email both addresses listed.