Contact informationFarm Address:
P.O. Box 312
Willow Creek , California , 12758
Primary Contact: Amy Neukom
Secondary Contact: Jacques Neukom
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: "Neukom Famly Farm is a certified organic farm of 17 acres located in Humboldt County 40 miles from the coast- Arcata and Eureka. Our family consists of Amy and Jacques Neukom (in their early 40's) and our two small children- Hazel,9 and Elsa,6. Our farm is 22 years old and we have trained many people who are currently farming around the country. Our climate is a 'banana belt' with hot days and cool nights in the summer. We are located on the Trinity River just west of the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Our farm is roughly 10 acres of orchard- peaches, pluots, pears, apples, figs, and pomegranates. The other 7 acres are dedicated to a wide variety of annual and perennial fruits and vegetables including one acre of wine grapes. All of our orchards are dry farmed. All of our row crops are drip irrigated. Some of our main crops include melons, onions, heirloom tomatoes, dried beans,and winter squash. We practice sustainable agriculture, dry farming, seed saving, and food preservation. Animals on the farm include milking goats and chickens for eggs. Our food distribution is kept local- 100% of our produce is sold within 45 miles of the farm. Our primary goal in farming is to lovingly feed and grow our community."
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 4/1/2017
Internship Ends: 9/30/2017
Number of Internship Available: 4
Application Deadline: we are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 season
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months (3 for culinary intern)
“The majority of the time spent on farm is in the fields and orchards planting, cultivating, and harvesting. In addition to the acreage we farm we also have extensive gardens in which we practice seed saving and research. There are also opportunities to learn food preservation- canning and drying. Our internship goals center on providing participants with a well rounded experience of small scale sustainable farming.<br><br>
This year we are adding a fourth intern position which revolves around the culinary possibilities on the farm. We are seeking an enthusiastic chef to prepare our twice a week group lunches as well as help us further develop value added products with produce from the farm. This position is 3-4 months long only and will look very different from the other three. Please see below for work experience/skills desired.
Our farm is located along the Trinity River where a variety of recreational opportunities abound. We are also in close proximity to Redwood National Park and several wilderness areas. We encourage folks to explore these opportunities during their stay here.
Our farmstead is vegetarian based. No tobacco users or dogs, please.<br><br>”
Educational Opportunities: "We are always teaching as we work, taking the time to answer questions and elaborate on projects. In the past we have had interns working on individual projects throughout the season- such educational opportunities are decided on a case by case basis before the season starts. We would be happy to provide prospective interns with contact info from previous interns in order to find out more about the experience on our farm."
Skills Desired: "Good attitude, strong body, working well with others, good communicator. Require strong interest in sustainable agriculture- please don't consider this internship if you are hoping for just a summer job! Prior farm experience a plus! <br><br> For the culinary intern we are seeking someone who already has a substantial amount of related experience and would like to come here to further hone their farm to table skills. This position revolves mainly around food prep for group meals and assisting in the development and preparation of value added products from our produce. Please be aware that this is a new position on our farm that we are very excited about! A desired applicant would need to have the flexibility and willingness to help us forge through the newness of such a venture. "
Meals: Farm lunches provided two days a week. Eggs and goat milk. produce grown on farm and traded with other farms during season provided.
Stipend: Definitely paid internships. Email for details.
Housing: "We have three private sleeping spaces for 6 month interns and a permanent tent on platform for 3 month culinary intern. All interns share a communal indoor kitchen, shower, and bathroom. "
Preferred method of Contact: email for initial contact