Contact informationFarm Address:
998 E Black Butte Avenue
Sisters, Oregon , 97759
Primary Contact: Gia Matzinger
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Seed To Table is one of several host farms in the Rogue Farm Corps Internship Program. See below for more details. The Seed to Table Farm is centered around a 2 acre market garden, located on an amazing 40 acre farm in Sisters, Oregon. The farm is a truly unique model, striving to provide the community with equal access to local and nutritious foods and to connect the community through farm based education. Seed to Table has a diverse operation; providing farm based education to nearly 700 students a year and growing over 30 diverse crops. A major focus is on maintaining healthy soil ecosystems and we are proud of the nutrient systems we are building on the farm with cover crops and minimal tillage. The farm has been expanding over the past five years under the founder of the farm, Audrey Tehan. Seed to Table is excited to have a new farm manager, Madeline as of the 2019 season. Interns will be training closely alongside Audrey and Madeline. Seed to Table sells and donates produce to Sisters’ area food banks, schools wholesale accounts and has a 80 member vegetable CSA. The farm has also piloted a discounted farmers market for local food banks. Audrey and Madeline are really excited to bring on up to two Rogue Farm Corps interns to add to the inspiring dynamic on the farm. Seed to Table Farm has two focuses: 1) growing delicious, diverse, organic food and selling the produce to support our program and community, 2) education our community about sustainable agriculture to create future farmers and local food customers! About 80% of time is spent farming and 20% of the time is spent engaging with the community through education programs. We host close to 1,300 students a year on the farm through our two hour field trip series. The education programs are managed by the education coordinator. Field trip lessons change with the seasons so we keep things really fun for ourselves and students. These are some of our favorite days on the farm, spent with veggies and students! Currently we are not certified organic but we use no harmful chemicals or pesticides in production. At the foundation we focus on intensive cultivation; growing in permanent raised beds (about 30”-35” wide) and having pathways which are about 18” in between beds to maximize our space and reduce weed pressure. To cultivate beds we use a two wheel BCS tractor to increase our efficiency, sharing work between the two wheel tractor and hand cultivation. Two 100’ hoop houses, and three large greenhouses help us extend our season as much as possible in the harsh Central Oregon climate. In addition Seed to Table manages a 30’ x 40’ radiant heated greenhouse for the community. We teach a sustainable agriculture course for Sisters High School and experiment with hydroponics and small scale aqua-ponics at this facility. We use a lot of awesome tools to maintain a small but intensive and efficient operation. You can find more information at https://www.seedtotableoregon.org/
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 4/1/2020 - 4/15/2020
Internship Ends: 10/31/2020
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: ASAP
Minimum Length of Stay: 6-8 months
Seed To Table is one of several 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. Seed to Table has many books and references for a student if they are interested. We believe that much of the learning that is most valuable to student-interns is through daily discussion and conversation while performing tasks. Having a desire to learn and ask questions is an important aspect of the apprenticeship process, as it benefits both sides- we believe we are all students of farming and learning is a continual process as we gain experience through constant practice. Regular Schedule is 8 hours a day, starting at 7am or 8am and ending at 3pm or 4pm. When it is hot we start early.
Skills Desired: We are looking for individuals who have the following qualities: Hard working and not afraid to be dirty and tired Mindfulness: of self, the people around you, the environment, your actions and reactions. Excited about working with kids and the community Practiced communication skills Self-motivated and strong work ethic: we will expect you to observant, notice when things need to be done and take responsibility for yourself. Flexibility: plans change based on weather, opportunities, or mishaps and we all just gotta roll with it. The candidate must be excited about engaging with kids and community members, eager to learn, and excited about the opportunity to train hard. They should also be able to carefully life 50 lbs., perform repetitive tasks, and accomplish physically demanding tasks while maintaining a positive attitude. Experience in gardening or farming is a plus, but not necessary. Seed to Table Oregon celebrates diversity! Our community works directly with the Latino community and also with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Individuals part of or with experience within these communities are encouraged to apply. Seed to Table does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
Meals: Food provided will include goat meat, eggs, butter, olive oil, flour, sugar, some spices, beans, rice, pasta, quinoa and any thing you can reasonably eat from the farm.
Stipend: The intern will be given a monthly stipend, details of which will be discussed in the interview process.
Housing: A comfortable travel trailer will be provided on the farm.
Preferred method of Contact: email