Contact informationFarm Address:
3042 Center RD
Lopez Island, Washington, 98261
Primary Contact: Faith Van De Putte
Secondary Contact: David Bill
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: On our 100 acre diversified farm we run a community scale compost operation, finish Murray Grey beef cattle, heritage pigs, run a farm stay, grow blueberries and sell produce from a small intensive no-till market garden. We manage the farm with the values of stewardship, education and community. Climate change mitigation is our primary focus.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: March 1
Internship Ends: May 31
Number of Internship Available: 3
Application Deadline: Jan 20
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months
Climate Farm Internship
A collaboration between Midnight’s Farm & Terra.do
March 1-May 31 on Lopez Island, WA
This three month internship program brings together a global online climate learning course/network with rooted, place-based farm experience for those wanting a deeper sense of purpose, role and responsibility in mitigating the climate crisis.
Live, work, learn, and connect on Midnight’s Farm while taking a deep dive into the landscape of climate change through the Terra.do “bootcamp course.” Learn with a worldwide climate network while getting your hands dirty with experiential, in-the-field farm work.
Midnight’s Farm is a small diversified farm on Lopez Island in northwest Washington. We strive to model stewardship and production that tends the soil and the climate, including; community scale compost production, rotational grazing, biochar production and intensive no-till market garden. We are always seeking to improve our practices and incorporate new ideas and information. Our current curiosities/projects include refining our carbon footprint modeling, stabilizing carbon in compost and wood chips applications, hedgerow design, refining biochar production, reducing bovine methane emissions through asparagopsis supplementation, and incorporating climate storytelling into our promotion materials.
Enlist and respect good covid precautions! These will include a test within three or four days of arriving on the farm, reducing exposure both for the two weeks prior and during your stay at the farm, and some heightened precautions during a 10 day period after arriving. (These to be clarified…)
Fill out both the Terra.do and the internship application.. (There will be a place for you to let Terra.do know you are also interested in this collaboration with Midnight’s Farm. There may also be some overlap of questions so saving your answers might ease the second application..)
Three months on-farm commitment from approximately March 1st to approximately May 31st.
Roughly 32 hours of farm work per week.
Full engagement and completion of the Terra.do 12-week course “Climate Change: Learning for Action” (this will be an additional 10+ hours per week). This might include hosting a fireside chat for interested Terra.do fellows.
Help preparing and cleaning up from shared meals.
Help us make this experiment a success! While we’ve had interns before and taken the Terra.do course ourselves, combining these elements will be new for us. Your engagement with feedback and adaptation will likely be required to make this a success for all of us!
Midnight’s Farm commitment:
On the farm learning experience tailored to your interest. Most of our farm education (as opposed to the climate course aspects) for this particular internship will be experiential, while working together in the fields and in setting up projects, with reflection and discussion opportunities at mealtime conversations.
Open environment for BIPOC applicants- (island culture is predominantly white, politically liberal, 10% Latinx)
A review of a carbon footprint modeling exercise for Midnight’s Farm
Use of sauna, yoga studio, swimming pond, farm bikes
Coverage for on the job injury through WA state L&I Small Farm Internship Program
On Farm Housing – The quarters are cozy and rustic. You will have a composting toilet and shower that is in a separate space.
Access to either your own and/or a shared kitchen space
Farm lunches made from scratch from farm bounty on workdays
$1.50 per work hour credit for farm meat and eggs from the farm stand
Unlimited seasonal vegetables and fruit from the market garden and orchard
Supply of staples such as rice, beans, flour, milk, condiments, olive oil, etc.
Access to farm library for additional reading on regenerative ag and soil health
Experiential Farm Learning
From composting, rotational grazing, heavy mulches, biochar, no-till market garden, many of our practices are in the regenerative agriculture playbook. We are still highly dependent on our numerous diesel engines and obviously have a long way to go in the climate realm towards minimizing GHG emissions and maximizing land-based sequestration. Part of our motivation to forge this collaboration with Terra.do is to up our “climate game.” So there will certainly be an emphasis on the climate impacts of the various aspects of the farm and places to plug in.
At the same time, there’s work to be done. Depending on the season interns will gain first hand experience with the following:
Fundamentals of Aerated Static Pile compost system
Basic components of compost
Understanding of the thermophilic cycle
Understanding of microbiology of compost
General maintenance of machinery
Benefits of compost for soil and plant health
Sales and customer service
Rotational grazing of cattle
Electric fencing set up and maintenance
Low stress stockmanship
Benefits of overwintering off pasture
Pig handling and feeding
Beef and pork sales
On farm slaughter
Strategies for no till
Marketing and Sales
San Juan Island Food Hub
Telling our story
Infrastructure and Maintenance
Machinery maintenance- greasing, oil changes, etc.
Safe use of power tools including
Fire reduction strategies including
Ladder fuel reduction
Creation of litter piles
Resources List for Internship
Ideal candidate will:
Bring the values of “Curiosity, Generosity, and Optimism”
Have or be developing an end goal in mind for this combined farm/climate learning experience.
Be reliable – show up on time ready to learn and work.
Communicate clearly – respond to calls or emails or text with clarity and in “real time”. Ask questions and make suggestions when information or tasks aren’t clear or don’t make sense. Bring up issues directly with the people concerned.
Engage fully and be capable of the hard physical work – shoveling, raking, weeding, lifting 40 lbs, etc.
Show some hustle and enthusiasm for getting stuff done! – while running really isn’t necessary, we confess to having little patience for dawdling. The “.do” extension for the Terra.do program was intentional!
Think about what they are doing and be interested in learning. We expect those that are working/learning with us to pay attention to the details of the job and ask questions. We are constantly learning ourselves. An ideal candidate will be a keen observer and bring a love of learning — researching and looking up new information.
Look for and communicate ideas to make the operation or particular task more efficient, safe, green, profitable and/or pleasurable (sense of humor is a plus).
Pay particular attention to theirs and others’ safety.
Educational Opportunities: This internship is in collaboration with Terra.do which is an online climate school. Your tuition to this program will be a part of the internship.
Skills Desired: Willingness to work, get hands dirty and learn is more important than experience
Meals: Farm lunches on work days, veg and meat from the farm and stipend for other supplies. We will feed you!
Stipend: For food.
Housing: Yes. Comfy quarters with composting toilets and outdoor shower.
Preferred method of Contact: email