Contact informationFarm Address:
55753 SR 20
PO box 205
Rockport, Washington, 98283
Primary Contact: Terrance Meyer
Number: 785 865 8758
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: A 23 acre farmstead bridging fields and woods, working toward ecological and economic sustainability. We have cash crops, system support animals, self sufficiency garden, forest products, wildlife, and living and guest spaces sharing this land. The focus is on developing value added products to create real income from a light harvesting of the forest, while building a sustainable and welcoming living environment.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: Now, or in October/November for an over winter internship.
Internship Ends: Ideally a year later but late spring at minimum
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: flexible
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 month. We do have a review at 1 month where either of us can terminate the internship if it is not working out.
When you think of your future do you want to run a small farm? Have a sustainable homestead? Ecologically manage a forest? Develop and market cool natural products?
If so, we invite you to take a practice run here at Forest Farmstead. We would love to support you in forging your own path while getting help with our existing projects. We have loads of resources, land, and mentorship to offer, getting you that valuable experience you need to be a success while not having to make all your mistakes on your own. There is so much to do here we are happy to have you focus your time on what you are most interested in; be that farming, forestry, animal husbandry, hospitality, marketing, food processing, product development, or other. The ideal intern is one who is looking to build their own sustainable future and wants and use our farm to practice and gain skills. We are a place of opportunities to get what you want. We are not a place with a slot you can fit into with a structured program of either labor or education. The first month 40 hours per week of help on the farm will be expected while you get familiar with the place and we get familiar with your capabilities. After we review the trial period together the exact form of the rest of the internship will be a negotiation balancing your interests, capabilities, and desires for education, with our need for help and capacity to support you.
The winter internship will focus on pruning and grafting, construction and maintenance, and value added product production, with normal animal and hospitality chores. We are in a temperate rain-forest and so expect a lot of grey chilly days throughout the winter. For the winter a couple would be ideal.
Educational Opportunities: Ask for our "curriculum" when you email. It is a good outline of the skills and knowledge available for you to pick up while you are here. We're happy to create an experience that serves your educational desires including linking you with folks off the farm in the local community.
Skills Desired: We would like someone emotionally mature and able to communicate wants and needs while being able to compromise. Someone not afraid of heavy labor. Someone who has creativity and the inclination to contribute to the farm on an intellectual level while not being so attached to their ideas that they can't take instruction. Basically someone who can join a team.
Meals: Farm produce and meat, as well as some basic bulk commodities are provided as well as participation in shared meals. Expect to cover snack and specialty foods yourself. Shared meals at least once a week.
Stipend: $100 a month to cover incidentals is included from day 1. After 30 days we will have a meeting and come to a decision together for an agreement covering the remainder of the internship. Compensation going forward will depend on what you want to do with your time here. If you want to dive into what is going on at the farm we may hire you as an employee. If you want to take a chunk of ground and farm it yourself we would just ask for 20 hours a week and then support you on your project.
Housing: Yes, there are a number of options available including a cabin and, a travel trailer and a partial RV hookup. We will keep you warm through the winter.
Preferred method of Contact: email