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Dairy and Cheesemaking @ By George Farm and Creamery via Rogue Farm Corps

Contact information
Farm Address:
PO Box 533
Ashland , Oregon , 97520

Primary Contact: Elizabeth
Primary Phone:
    Type:
Cell
    Number: 971-219-4784
    Email: elizabeth@roguefarmcorps.org

Website: www.roguefarmcorps.org

Internship information
General Farm Description: By George Farm is located on 85 acres nestled at the banks of Yale Creek and Little Applegate River. We’re located just past where the pavement stops. The farm includes a creamery, a greenhouse, a pair of hundred year old barns, the original one-room-schoolhouse, tool sheds and machinery storage. There is a wood-fired sauna, a creek-fed cold plunge and many trails covering the area. We are pretty far out of town but the locals are always near. Currently the farm is occupied by its farmers Tyson and Jonny, their sister Megan, plus a variety of farm animals. We focus on stacked sustainable systems - starting with pasture management and the use of dairy cows to graze the majority of the land. We raise grass-fed Jersey cows that we milk daily, and make artisan cheese for the local markets. We also raise pastured, no-corn-no-soy-no-gmo laying ducks for eggs. Additionally we have a flock of Gotland sheep for fiber and lamb meat. In addition, we cultivate a home garden and maintain food preservation. While we strive to comply with all current organic standards we have made the conscious choice to source grain from regional non GMO sources. While our feeds are not certified organic the are “no-spray” and non-GMO. All other farming methods are practiced organically or naturally. We have been operating for 6 years. We’ve grown vegetables for fine dining restaurants, CSA’s and farmers markets. While we now focus on dairy, we integrate multiple facets of farming.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: Immediately
Internship Ends: 10/31/20
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: ASAP
Minimum Length of Stay: 7 months

Internship Details:

By George Farm is one of 18 host farms in the Rogue Farm Corps Internship Program. The RFC Internship Program is a full season entry-level residential program combining hands-on training and skills-based education in sustainable agriculture. As an intern, you will live and train full-time on a host farm, receiving up to 1,500 hours of on-farm training and learning in-depth skills from your mentor. Your residential farm training experience is combined with farm tours, classes, and discussion circles throughout the region, as well as opportunities for independent study. Interns are exposed to a vast array of knowledge and expertise by engaging in the daily life of vibrant, agricultural communities. See Internship Details below or visit our website at https://www.roguefarmcorps.org/internship for more info on the program.


Educational Opportunities: The Rogue Farm Corps Internship Program is a full season (6-8 month) entry-level residential internship program. Along with the hands-on field training you will receive from your Host Farm the Internship Program also includes classroom learning, tours of local farms, and a farm-based independent study project. Interns at By George can expect to be exposed to a variety of farm tasks including: Dairy: Calving to breeding, grazing and feeding, hooves, tails, udders and milk pails. Creamery: Cheese-making, packing, affinage (cheese preservation), dishes. Meat production: Breeding, calving, grazing, feeding, animal handling and care, as well as harvesting and processing. Marketing and Sales: Farmers' Markets, deliveries to stores, restaurants, and wholesale distributors.

Skills Desired: Our students will need a willingness to learn and an interest in food systems. Large animal experience preferred. Milking experience a plus. We get up early with the cows to milk in the morning and in the evening. We usually take a rest in the middle of the day. We move 7 gallon milk cans and 100 pound bales. Our “mobile egg units” or MEU’s are moved everyday but are light enough for one person.

Meals: All members of the farm have access to dairy, meat, and vegetables produced here. We will also provide basic cooking ingredients and staples.

Stipend: Yes. Details of the stipend package will be discussed during the interview process.

Housing: Yes. We have a stick framed tiny house and a strawbale tiny house, an outdoor kitchen and composting toilet. Shower facilities located in the main house. The interns live in the tiny house space. Further details of the room and board will be discussed during the interview process.

Preferred method of Contact: email