Contact informationFarm Address:
615 S O'Brian Road
Othello, Washington , 99344
Primary Contact: Isaac Jahns
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Big Sage Organics LLC (BSO) is a WSDA certified organic, diversified produce farm located in central Washington state’s Columbia Basin farming region. Founded in 2016 on the owners family farm outside of Othello, WA, BSO is a growing business that offers organically grown fruits and vegetables. In addition, we strive to develop a farm model that meets all the requirements of sustainability including financial fitness, resource stewardship, robust agro-eco systems, safe and healthy working conditions, friendly and efficient culture, and responsible crop and market diversification. BSO produces and distributes their organic fruits and vegetables through various local markets including, CSA, farmers markets, direct to retail sales, restaurants and regional wholesale markets. For the 2020 season BSO will cultivate approximately 20 acres for fresh market produce sales.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: April
Internship Ends: December
Number of Internship Available: 4
Application Deadline: None
Minimum Length of Stay: Preference will be given to those who can commit to the full season (April-Dec)
We are currently seeking seasonal farm interns to join our team in 2020. Although not required, interns who commit to our full season (April-Dec) will have a diverse learning experiences, as is the nature of farming, the work provides for a multitude of opportunities throughout the changing months.
We believe in the future of organic agriculture and as such, feel that this is an exciting opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning about organic vegetable and fruit production systems. Although one does not need previous farming experience to be an intern, interns should be aware that the nature of organic vegetable production requires daily exposure to nature’s elements and strenuous manual labor. Interns will work within a team alongside our hourly farm crew workers and managers. Successful interns will gain insight through hands on experience of all aspects of organic produce farming, while working in a team focused farming environment. Our internship program is administered and directed by individuals who have apprenticed and interned themselves in this exact manner and have an understanding of expectations from an interns perspective as well. We have a passion for growing and hope to share it with you!
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com
We look forward to working with you soon!
Educational Opportunities: Learning opportunities for interns include but are not limited to : greenhouse management, horticulture and crop management including planting cycles, harvesting methods and timing, weed control, disease prevention, soil health and fertility, season management, crop extension, crop rotation, cover cropping, organic/integrated pest management, post-harvest handling and packing, irrigation, food safety and certification, and organic practices including USDA/WSDA certification. This is a working knowledge opportunity. The vast majority of education will be through hands on experience in the field.
Skills Desired: See above
Meals: Interns are provided will all the farm vegetables they can eat
Stipend: This is a part time hourly position, paid Washington state's minimum wage of $13.50, with additional volunteer hours required
Housing: On-farm housing for interns will be provided, and due to our farms rural location all interns should provide their own transportation to get around the area. A car is not required but highly recommended for this purpose. The farm provides bikes for on farm transportation. Housing is located on the farm property in a secluded area about a 15 minute walk from the offices giving interns a separate area away from the bustle of our packing shed and other daily affairs to allow space and privacy for personal time. The housing offered are camp trailers equipped to be used off grid, with camp stoves, minimal power supply for refrigeration and very basic necessities (ie phone charger). The bathroom and shower facilities are also off grid and rustic and shared communally. Laundry facilities are located at the nearby farmhouse. While the interns will have their own individual trailer, the general intern living area is a communal space, and interns must be willing to live cohesively and be respectful of others regardless of race,religion, gender or sexual orientation.
Preferred method of Contact: email