Contact informationFarm Address:
20482 Skagit City Rd
Mount Vernon, Washington , 98273
Primary Contact: David Mackie
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: We are a 12 acre diversified farm in the beautiful Skagit Valley, growing market veg, tree fruit, broilers, and hogs. Our goal as a farm is to create a regenerative network of enterprises that feed the ecology of the land, and yield a profitable farm income. We are 4 years into that goal and have plenty to share, as well as plenty to learn. We tend to about 1.5 acres of veggies, 100+ fruit trees of apples, pears, plums and prunes (learn the difference between a plum and a prune!). We raise about 600 birds though the season, and process them on-farm in our WSDA certified facility. Our farm also enjoys 3 large riparian zones that are home to the many species of birds found in the Skagit Valley, as well as frogs and other wildlife.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: latest is June 1
Internship Ends: flexible,usually Sep/ Oct
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: May 1
Minimum Length of Stay: flexible
You will be hands-on with all aspects of farming; from the seeding, transplanting, cultivation, harvesting, packing, and selling. To the feeding, moving, fencing, and processing of birds, and some experience with the piglets we get in the fall.
Your day will typically start with chicken chores, then move onto field work of weeding, transplanting, irrigation, row-cover, etc. Afternoons are typically farm-improvement projects, and evenings are typically weeding parties. We process chickens once a week starting in Aug. Your welcome to participate if interested, but typically you will be harvesting veg while I process chickens. It’s also ok if you have no interest in processing chickens- it’s something we do as an ecological necessity for the farm, but understand some folks don’t want to participate in slaughter and processing of animals.
Housing is provided in our solar cabin with a fantastic view of the Olympic Mountains over prime Skagit Farmland.
Educational Opportunities: You'll learn side by side with us, as well as experience all of our farming methods. We practice minimal tillage, so you will get to see the benefits and struggles that brings to a market garden. You will also be selling at one or two of our Seattle markets with us, so you get to see what a market season is like in a City that respects it's farmers. Other skills you can learn are up to you. I have a background in electrical systems design, metal fabrication, drafting, construction, plumbing, and am happy to share that knowledge with interested folks. As well as, we are increasing our compliance with the new Food Safety Laws (FSMA), so you will get to see what a small farm is now required to do under the new regulations. In the same regard, our Poultry plant is inspected each June, so you can be around to see what inspectors look for, and how they interact with producers. There is also a 2 week period where I work off-farm in July. I'm around in the morning and at markets, but we like to let the interns "run" the farm for 2 weeks. You'll plan transplanting, and weeding chores, keep track of harvests, make sure irrigation is running properly, and take on more chicken chores. I'm around on a daily basis, but it's a good chance for you to experience a management role.
Skills Desired: Some farming or gardening experience is a plus but not required. Observation skills are what we are looking for the most in an intern. The more eyes we have in the field looking for bugs, stressed plants or animals, the better our farm runs. So an eye for detail helps in farming. The more experience you have, the more responsibilities you'll get. If your interested in adding something to our farm that you have a passion for, and it benefits the ecology of our farm (maybe your great at growing flowers and want to add pollinator strips around the farm) we can discuss addition pay for these projects. It should be said that we also work outside in the elements, and have some long days. A strong work-ethic is required, but it's rewarded in this industry more then most. We do our best to not work in the afternoons on the hottest days, but somedays it can't be helped. We also work some odd hours. We collect chickens after sunset, so in July that can be 10:30pm. Then some days we need to be harvesting salad mix by 5:30am. Those days are balanced so your only working an average of 8-10hrs a day.
Meals: Your working on a diversified farm, so good food is part of the gig! We try to do some communal meals, and offer to keep you stocked up on basics. We use Azure Standard for most of our shopping, and you get to add to our order items you need.
Stipend: Yes $200 a week, plus free housing and basic staple foods.
Housing: Yes, you even have a second camper for a nap station closer to the fields!
Preferred method of Contact: email