Contact informationFarm Address:
1200 Napa Road
Sonoma , California , 1773
Primary Contact: Lori Melancon
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: "Lola Sonoma Farms is a family-run, diversified, 12-acre sustainable farm located two miles from Sonoma Plaza with a focus on growing seasonal vegetables, keeping honeybees and raising pastured Kunekune hogs and dairy goats. We are committed to operating a socially responsible business that honors our community and respects the land. We are best known throughout Sonoma Valley for our seasonal salad blend, grown from seeds that have been cultivated and saved for the past 30 years, improving quality and protecting biodiversity along the way."
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 5/1/2018
Internship Ends: 11/30/2018
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: Until the position is filled
Minimum Length of Stay: Nine Months
“We are looking for a farmer apprentice with a strong commitment to sustainable agriculture and has a desire to be a part of a farm family that works hard, has fun and eats well together. The ideal farmer apprentice will have at least one season of full-time experience working on a farm, but we will consider someone who is highly motivated and just beginning their journey as a farmer. We are looking for someone with prior experience and/or a strong desire to learn the following:
– Hoop houses and greenhouses
– Direct seeding, transplanting, weeding, seed saving
– Harvesting and packing produce
– Composting and cover cropping
– Drip irrigation and hand watering
– Previous farmer’s market and CSA experience is a plus
– Organic certification process and recordkeeping
– Tending to livestock, including feeding, kidding/farrowing, machine/hand milking and cleaning, egg collecting and pasture and electric fence rotation.
The apprenticeship is a full-time, 40-hour, five-day workweek position. The day begins promptly at 7:00am with one hour off for lunch. “
Educational Opportunities: "This apprenticeship provides an opportunity to develop farming and livestock management skills with room, meals and a small weekly stipend provided. We have daily planning meetings to review the prior day’s work and the upcoming day’s work, explore areas for improvement and make decisions with your help that impact the well being of the farm. We encourage and appreciate all contributions towards making our farm both environmentally and economically sustainable. Your opinion matters. Once familiar with farm operations, there is an opportunity to manage and oversee the work of our rotating crew of farm volunteers who we host through the WWOOF program. There are also opportunities to learn about honeybees, harvest honey and make cheese."
Meals: Meals are provided.
Stipend: $100 weekly stipend.
Housing: Housing is provided.
Preferred method of Contact: Email