Contact informationFarm Address:
23720 Dockton Rd SW
Vashon Island, Washington , 98070
Primary Contact: Jen and Bob Keller
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Pacific Crest Farm is a 19-acre Certified Naturally Grown farm located on Vashon/Maury Island. Our land is owned by Pacific Crest Montessori School, which is located in Seattle. PCS students play an active role in the farm, coming out for weekly day trips, spring overnights and summer camps. We grow mixed vegetables, berries and flowers on approximately 2 acres. We harvest from a diverse array of fruit and nut trees, including apples, plums, figs and chestnuts. In addition, we raise laying hens, turkeys and sheep. We sell our produce through our roadside farm stand, the Vashon Island farmers market, restaurants, and online through Vashon Fresh.
CRAFT Member Farm? Yes
Internship Starts: 5/1/2020
Internship Ends: 9/31/2020
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
Minimum Length of Stay: Full season
Interns(3) work closely with the farm managers. We aim to share all farm responsibilities including seeding, planting, weeding, harvest and sales. We care about our interns and work hard to make this a great learning opportunity for someone who sees a future in agriculture. Applicants must have enthusiasm and a serious desire to learn about small-scale farming. We are looking for people who will embrace their time here and fully commit to the experience. Applicants must be prepared to serve as role models for youth as the farm is a learning space for many children ages 3-13. Interns work approximately 40-50 hours per week, Tuesday through Saturday. In addition we have a weekly chore rotation shared by everyone. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible. We have two interns hired already.
Educational Opportunities: Interns will learn all aspects of small farm management. In addition there will be opportunities to work with our students, their families and other volunteers. Vashon Island has a friendly community of growers and there are a number of small farms on the island to visit. We facilitate the CRAFT program, visiting other small farms once or twice a month. We also have a well-stocked agriculture/natural science home library. Please understand that farming is a more than a full-time job, it is a lifestyle. We work hard but we love what we do! We are looking for interns who are capable of facilitating some of their own education by asking questions and sharing ideas.
Skills Desired: Farming or gardening experience is helpful but not necessary. Required skills: Able to lift 50 lbs. and enjoy physical labor Able to walk, stand, squat and kneel for extended periods Enjoys working hard outside in all kinds of weather Able to receive constructive criticism Understands the importance of following procedure and sticking to the system in place Works well independently; can keep focused on a task Able to take written and verbal direction well Excellent communication skills
Meals: Produce, eggs and some staples are provided. We enjoy a weekly shared farm dinner.
Stipend: $800 per month
Housing: Accommodation is in rustic bedroom cabins with electricity and heat. There is full access to kitchen and bathroom and living spaces in our comfortable shared farmhouse. Laundry facilities and internet access are provided. Interns must be active participants in the cleaning and general upkeep of common areas. Previous experience living or working in a community is a plus. Unfortunately we cannot except children or pets.
Preferred method of Contact: Email