Contact informationFarm Address:
5940 Fredricks Rd
Sebastopol, California , 95472
Primary Contact: Leslie Wiser
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: RADICAL FAMILY FARMS WAS FOUNDED IN 2019 AS THE FIRST NO-SPRAY MIXED-ASIAN VEGETABLE CSA (COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE) IN THE BAY AREA. OUR FARMING PRACTICES GO “BEYOND ORGANIC” WITH OUR NO-SPRAY, NO-TILL, REGENERATIVE METHODS. WE FARM 1.5 ACRES IN SEBASTOPOL, CALIFORNIA, A SMALL TOWN IN WEST SONOMA COUNTY 1-HOUR NORTH OF SAN FRANCISCO. LED BY FARMER-OWNER LESLIE WISER, A QUEER, 1ST-GENERATION TAIWANESE/CHINESE/ GERMAN/POLISH AMERICAN, THE PRODUCE CURATED ON THE FARM IS A PERSONAL EXPLORATION OF IDENTITY. DEEMED “IDENTITY FARMING,” THE MAIN MISSION OF OUR FARM IS TO RECONNECT TO LOST HERITAGE WHILE REGENERATING THE LAND. RADICAL FAMILY FARMS IS THE ACTUALIZATION OF A 22-YEAR-OLD DREAM HELD BY WISER AFTER SPENDING A SEASON IN COLLEGE FARMING IN ALASKA. BY JOINING OUR COMMUNITY AS A FARM HAND OR INTERN, YOU WILL BE PART OF A FARM THAT IS RECLAIMING ASIAN-AMERICAN IDENTITIES ON THE LAND - ONE THAT CENTERS MIXED-ASIAN AMERICAN HERITAGE AND CULINARY CULTURE THROUGH THE VEGETABLES, HERBS, MEALS AND EVENTS PRODUCED ON OUR FARM. OUR CUSTOMERS VARY FROM HOME COOKS, RESTAURANT OWNERS AND FAMILIES WHO PRIORITIZE HERITAGE COOKING AND IDENTITY EXPLORATION THROUGH FOOD. 2020 IS OUR SECOND SEASON WHERE WE FOCUS ON ASIAN HERITAGE VEGETABLES, HERBS, FLOWERS AND A MINIMAL SELECTION OF EURO-CENTRIC MARKET STYLE VEGETABLES. DUE TO COVID-19, OUR MAIN FOCUS IS OUR CSA AND WORKING WITH SELECT CHEF PARTNERS WHO VALUE CHEMICAL-FREE FARMING PRACTICES AND A STRONG RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR FARMER. IF THE MISSION OF OUR FARM SPEAKS TO YOU, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH: CONTACT LESLIE AT RADICALFAMILYFARMS@GMAIL.COM OR 707-210-2773
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: August 15, 2020
Internship Ends: December 19, 2020
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: ASAP, rolling applications accepted through the year
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months
Working closely with farmer Leslie WIser, you will gain immediate hands-on experience in a learning-by-doing environment. This is a full-time program involving strenuous physical work 5 days a week, 6-8 hours per day. As a small family farm, you will be given the opportunity to work in all roles of the farm, and will not be relegated to only one task on the farm. Learning opportunities include crop planning, seeding, building raised beds, bed prep, transplanting, flipping beds, weed management, thinning, harvesting, washing, packing, marketing, greenhouse work, pest management as well as larger farm projects. Interns should be able to collaborate together with the team, as well as enjoy working independently to complete assigned, routine tasks. We take time to ensure all team members understand farm tasks and systems, are continuously learning new farm jobs and helping to improve them.
Trial Period: 3-weeks. All accepted participants are welcomed onto the farm for an initial 3 week trial period in order to make sure we are a match for each other. At the end of the trial period we will come together, have a chat, and pending the discussion either continue or part ways in good spirits.
Expected outcomes of our internship program:
During your time on the farm you will participate in a variety of farm tasks. Our internship program is to give our interns a solid foundation for market gardening using a learning-by-doing model. You will be working closely and supervised by either Leslie or Sarah or other farm hands until we feel you are ready for independent work. You will leave the farm feeling confident about the day to day operations of a small farm and will have acquired skills listed above.
As identity farmers, the heart of our internship is the research and development of a crop central to your heritage. You will source seeds, research best growing conditions and create those conditions on the farm so the crop of your choice will thrive. Such examples could be lemon grass, dry-farmed asian squash, or herbs that are essential to the foods of your heritage. We will help you find a market/buyer for your crop once it’s ready for harvest. When you have completed the full cycle of your project, interns will write a paper summarizing their experience, what worked or what failed, growing conditions and market price for their crop.
Our internship program is thus far proving to be fertile incubator grounds for several farmhands and interns to launch and raise capital for their own agriculture ventures.
Educational Opportunities: There will be opportunity to choose projects existing on the farm or to come up with your own project according to your interest. Composting techniques, dry farming a special Asian squash, brushing up on your carpentry skills, animal husbandry. We will work with you to come up with a project management plan for execution with milestones, timeline and help source material. We will meet as a team once a week over breakfast and coffee to check in on project status as well as the larger farm plan for the week. Sonoma County is a vibrant and supportive community that has many farming workshops, conferences, and educational opportunities through various organizations
Skills Desired: We are looking for apprentices that have a basic understanding, familiarity and comfort with strenuous farm work. Farm work requires fitness, stamina and moderate strength. Crew members should be able to lift 50 lbs. without undue stress. Speed and efficiency are critical to our operation. You must be able to work outdoors in extreme hot or cold or rain for extended periods of time. A willingness to tend to farm animals (sheep, chickens, GLD). A desire to work on and improve farm efficiencies and infrastructure projects is a necessity. Carpentry and greywater skills highly desired. Strong preference given to applicants with one or more years of commercial vegetable farm experience (with references) and interest in pursuing a career in sustainable agriculture, but we want all who are interested in our model and community to apply regardless of their experience. Ability to take initiative, pride in work and work independently is required. Must have a valid drivers license. Please email resume, cover letter, and 3 references to: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will set up a zoom/facetime interview.
Meals: Friday family-style lunch. Vegetables from the farm. Coffee and snacks stocked in the communal kitchen.
Stipend: Yes, for 2 applicants
Preferred method of Contact: email/text