Contact informationFarm Address:
5488 Middle Road
Tomales, California, 94971
Primary Contact: Tamara Hicks
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: We are a 160 acre goat/sheep dairy and creamery in beautiful West Marin (60 miles North of San Francisco) and 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean. We are in our 18th year of operation, having a restored a defunct cow dairy. Our land is certified organic, we are actively involved in the Marin Carbon Project and a recipient of the CA Healthy Soil Initiative Grant. We aim for zero waste to to practice regenerative farming techniques whenever possible. We have 200 goats and 100 sheep and practice rotational grazing. We recently opened a new business in San Francisco (Daily Driver) that is San Francisco's only creamery as well as wood-fired bagels. The apprentice could have the opportunity to spend time at this creamery as well.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 3/15/2020
Internship Ends: 9/15/20
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: when filled
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months
Goat & Sheep Dairy Apprentice!! Learn everything there is to know about goat & sheep animal husbandry (kidding/lambing, breeding, vaccinations, pasture rotation), milking, cheese making and organic land management. We are looking for KIND, hard working individuals who want a career in agriculture. We are passionate about training the next generation. There isn’t a much more dynamic farming community than Marin and Sonoma! Apprentices will have the opportunity to engage and network within the broader farming community. You must have a great sense of humor, get along well with others, be able to problem solve and have excellent communication skills.
Educational Opportunities: We have academic curriculum that corresponds to our program and has weekly milestones and goals. We also send apprentices to one large CA conference as well as smaller workshops. We will be transitioning to non-profit status in 2020 and thus our apprentices are under the umbrella of that structure.
Skills Desired: We prefer an apprentice with livestock experience and an individual that wants to continue working with livestock, preferably dairy.
Meals: We have raised beds and most people who work here harvest from as well as cheese, eggs, apples (when in season).
Stipend: We offer $500 a month stipend for the 1st 3 months and $750 for the last three if all is going well!
Housing: Yes, we provide a 32 ft airstream on the farm. It has a private bathroom, queen bed, new floors, full kitchen, electricity and water.
Preferred method of Contact: email