Contact informationFarm Address:
54655 NW Old Wilson River Road
Gales Creek, Oregon , 97117
Primary Contact: Lise Monahan
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: "We operate an organic goat dairy in NW Oregon, not far from Portland. We do rotational pasturing and soil building on our 33 ac farm and assure a very high quality life for our herd of about 60 milking goats. The milk produced is processed on-site into a variety of aged, raw and fresh/pasteurized cheeses and caramels. Our cheese is sold locally at Farmers Markets and specialty grocery store as well as shipped to customers. We are looking for an intern that can dedicate an entire season to learning about responsible, and ecologically sound dairy practices that result in a collaboration of humans and goats. We are offering a fully paid internship in accordance with labor laws. Room and Board is deducted from the wages. WE are looking for someone who is deeply curious about sustainable agriculture and is willing to ;put in the work-both of learning and of keeping a busy little farm running. The intern would work alongside farmer Lise to learn about goats and grazing and cheese maker Steve to learn all about making cheeses. No prior experience is necessary but the ability to work and learn hard and fast while never loosing sight of how cool it is what we are doing is needed. Please contact us through email, including a resume and cover letter as well as a phone number for an informal phone interview. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. Visuals are on instagram as Fragafarm and on FB as Fragafarmsteadceramery. Please note- Instagram and FB are not showing the whole story! No pictures of muddy boots and long long days.... "
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: flexible- our peak season begins in February and we would like to have an Intern oriented by that time.
Internship Ends: Our season slows down at the end of November.
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: rolling applications
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 month
Most of farming is just that- farm work. We are happy to teach all we know and invite you to learn along side with us as we develop new products and techniques to make our farm more sustainable. This fall we are focusing on construction of a new farm building and bio char production. We teach and attend workshops and take field trips with our interns and Wwoofers to other local small scale and organic farms. A prerequisite for any successful intern is the ability to work with great focus and attention to detail As a Grade A dairy we are subject to many regulations! We expect our Interns to recognize the importance of following procedures at all times. While experience with goats is not required curiosity about these amazing creatures is necessary and to recognize our responsilibilty for the well being of the herd.
Educational Opportunities: "We love to teach, in addition to our hands on teaching interns will be encouraged to also attend short courses at Oregon State University dairy program as well as educatinal events of the Oregon Pasture Network and Friends of Family farmers. "
Skills Desired: "Ability to be work independently while also work well with us. Able to gage ones own skill set and ability and know when to ask for help. Fluent in English and legally able to work in the US. Able to work all day on your feet and to lift up to fifty pounds, push a wheel barrow etc. The right candidate enjoys being physically active because that is pretty much what farming is about. A high energy level and a friendly personality would be wonderful!"
Meals: "Full meals, we eat well above our tax bracket- most of our meals come from the farmers market and we enjoy cooking together. "
Stipend: $12.00/hour fourty hours a week aprox. $2084/month for an annual 25,008 Room and board is deducted from stipend according to IRS rules (rates vary but it is around $600 montly)
Housing: Privat room
Preferred method of Contact: email please