Contact informationFarm Address:
Fort Dick , California , 61723
Primary Contact: Paul Maderia
Secondary Contact: Julie Jo Ayer Williams
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: "Ocean Air Farms is a 17-acre "mixed operation" farm located ten miles south of the California/Oregon border, and just two miles east of the ocean.<br /><br /> 7 acres of produce goes to farmer marker CSA memberships, in addition to 3 weekly local farmers markets, some restaurants, and a local natural food store and our new road side farm stand. We serve our northern neighbors in Brookings, OR. and our community just south of us, Crescent City. Both of which are within 20 miles from our farm fields in Fort Dick. We grow a large range of temperate climate vegetables, a bit of culinary herbs, a dabble at fruit (strawberries, raspberries and a young apple orchard), and fresh flowers too that not only we enjoy but our honeybees do too.<br /><br /> In the remaining acreage we grow pasture where we raise Icelandic sheep for wool, and have a herd of milking goats. We also hand milk 1 cow, and raise bull calves on the bottle and pasture for beef. We also raise pigs for pork. Most seasons we raise a flock of meat chickens on pasture. <br /><br /> Not only does the farm offer a lot of diversity, so does the surrounding area. Home of the "Wild Rivers Coast" there are lots of outdoor recreation opportunities including hiking, biking, fishing, surfing and kayaking near by. The beautiful Smith River is 3 minutes away, old growth redwoods are all around our region, and the Tolowa State Dunes Park is just down the road from us."
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 6/13/2016
Internship Ends: 11/15/2016
Number of Internship Available: 2
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 Months
“Commitment, communication, and flexibility is key. Interns will become an integral part of the farm operation and lifestyle we have come to love. Jobs include but are not limited to, animal husbandry daily chores (a.m./p.m.); sowing seeds, transplanting, weeding, mulching; harvesting, washing and packing vegetables; setting up irrigation, making soil mixes, turning/creating compost, cover cropping, some tractor work and marketing at the farmers markets, and delivering to the natural food store. <br /><br />
If you are thinking about farming as a career, and are especially interested in the relationship between row crop vegetables, livestock, direct marketing, and sustainable living, consider this internship. If you want to expand and enhance your farming, educational, & business skills, consider this position. <br /><br />
As young farmers ourselves, we have a lot of energy, inspiration, and experiences in both success and failures to share.”
Educational Opportunities: "It's predominately a hands-on educational opportunity. Your hands will be involved in a wide range of farm operations throughout the season. We learn from doing, though we do read a lot of agricultural books, magazines and newspapers. Our library will be available for your use. If you are not interested in the learning/doing opportunities, and only are looking for paid work, this is not the position for you. We are looking for passionate, eager and truly interested people seeking sustainable ag opportunities. <br /><br /> We also highly encourage you to keep a journal. Our journals we keep are one of our most valuable tools. It is a great place for your observations, notes on daily/weekly tasks, and a great way to remember questions. In the end it becomes priceless info allowing you to reflect upon and refer back to in the future. <br /><br /> We also ask you to keep a small notebook in your pocket everyday, the amount of details and tasks at hand is too much to keep straight in your head. <br /><br /> "
Skills Desired: "We are looking for hardworking individuals who are trust worthy, and have great communication skills. Folks who are self motivated, and driven to experience the hard working sustainable farmer lifestyle. <br /><br /> The true desire to engage in hands-on learning and willingness to physically work hard is essential. Please note any specialized experience you may have (i.e. mechanic, plumbing, wood work, cement, natural building, chef, and or direct marketing, quick books, etc). Running a small-scale farm requires the work of a Renaissance man/woman. "
Meals: "It's our 2nd season of having a FARM CHEF!!! Most, but not all meals will be cooked by our resident farm chef- very very exciting!!! (13 meals a weeks are provided) We eat really really well. (update info on this in phone call, because currently we are a small crew, we are making adjustments to this, however, many meals are provided regardless) <br /><br /> Farm produce is provided throughout the harvest season. Fresh milk is also available throughout the season not only for drinking but also for cheese and ice cream making. <br /><br /> We all rotate cooking responsibilities for lunch on Harvest days (Tuesday and Friday when our chef will be out in the fields with us helping harvest).<br /><br /> Monday morning breakfast is provided during our weekly meeting by Paul. <br /><br /> More info on food and meals during phone interviews... it's really important to us! "
Stipend: " $180/week <br /> (End of Season Bonus available, details during phone interview) Food (see "meal" section above)<br /> Housing (see below)<br /> Educational/Work Experience of a life time "
Housing: "One 23-foot trailer, (all rustic cabins are filled for the season) Tent sleeping <br /><br /> Communal kitchen, and bathhouse in the "farm house." <br /><br /> (A note on the farm house: we built this our selves and have extra love for this space and have invested a lot of money into it. We ask for the upmost respect and cleanliness towards all the farm infrastructures especially this one, we want it to last a life time and be in good shape. From proper use of appliances, to dirty dishes, compost and recycling, please treat it like it's YOUR home and NOT a college house rental.) "
Preferred method of Contact: Email or phone call