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Cloud Mountain Farm Center
6906 Goodwin Rd.
Everson, WA 98247
Contact: Annah Young
Website: http://www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org, http://www.cloudmountainfarm.com
Last Updated: 09-06-2018
General Description: Cloud Mountain Farm Center's (CMFC) mission is to build experience, knowledge, and community to expand dynamic local food systems. CMFC envisions a thriving, collaborative community in which regional agricultural businesses are prosperous and contribute to a healthy environment and the well-being of all citizens. CMFC aspires to be a trusted, proactive, and adaptable leader that works with partner educational and trade organizations within the regional food system to further our mission through a number of programs.
Internship Starts: 03-01-2019
Internship Ends: 10-18-19
Number of Interns: 6
App Deadline: 10-31-19
Minimum Length of Stay: 8 months
Meals: No meals provided
Skills Desired: - Willingness to work outdoors in all weather
- Ability to maintain a positive attitude in stressful situations
- Strong desire to learn
- Strong work ethic
- 1 year experience on a working farm or equivalent
Educational Opportunities: Work and Education Structure
The internship includes both a tuition-based education portion and paid farm work. For approximately 8 hours a week education includes instruction and exposure via lectures, workshops, and farm tours. Tuition for the 2019 season is $5,000 with a $500 rebate upon completion of the program. Tuition is due at the beginning of the program and covers all guest speakers, workshops, field trips, and educational materials over the course of the program.
Curriculum concepts include:
- Business and Marketing: business planning, enterprise accounting, value-added production, farm finances, grants and loans.
- Soils and Fertility: soil science, tillage, cultivation, compost, and cover crops
- Crop Production: irrigation, crop culture, tractors and implements, weed management, crop planning, botany, integrated pest and disease management, and orchard and vineyard management
- Propagation and Nursery: vegetative propagation, seed biology, and greenhouse management
- Environmental and Social Systems: land conservation, water access and rights, food access and food justice
Interns will work as paid employees for approximately 4 days of the week or 30-32 hours per week. Interns are paid hourly at $12.00/hour. Work schedules will vary throughout the season and interns can expect to work some weekends. Hands-on education happens through meaningful work in our vegetable, fruit and nursery enterprises. Farm work is fast paced and physically demanding involving repetitive tasks and will include working in sometimes extreme weather conditions. You can expect to work outside in the cold, rain, and heat.
Interns can expect vocational training in the following:
- Annual Vegetable Production: propagation, seeding, cultivation, irrigation, harvest, high tunnels, introduction to tractor use, and post-harvest handling
- Perennial Orchards and Vineyards: pruning and training, pest and disease management, monitoring, and harvest
- Nursery Production: plant propagation and container growing
- Marketing: Farmers Market, Restaurant Sales, Wholesale Markets
Stipend: The internship includes both a tuition-based education portion and paid farm work. Interns are paid at WA State Minimum Wage ($12/hr for 2019) for approximately 32 hours of work a week. Tuition is due at the beginning of the season.
Housing: Some housing available, please request an application.
Preferred method Of Contact: Email
Internship Details: Please visit https://www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org/education/internships/ for full application and internship description.
The Cloud Mountain Farm Center Internship is a vocational learning program for those interested in starting their own farm business and/or being a key employee on a farm. This program includes a hands-on, farm-based, full-immersion experience in agricultural production and management as well as a solid understanding of the big picture challenges that affect NW agriculture and the communities it serves. Interns learn first-hand what it takes to keep farmlands healthy and agricultural businesses thriving.
Cloud Mountain Farm Center operates both annual and perennial cropping systems as well as a retail nursery. Our annual organic vegetable production is on 5 acres of tractor cultivated scale and includes row crops, high tunnels, and leafy greens production. Our perennials include 5 acres of conventional and organic fruit trees and vineyards that include pome/stone fruit and table/wine grapes. Our retail nursery offers both fruit and ornamental plants. Interns will engage with all areas of production on the farm.