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Butler green farms
PO Box 4458
Rollingbay, WA 98061

Contact: Brian MacWhorter

Phone: 360-620-5181

Email: butlergreenfarms@comcast.net


Last Updated: 03-13-2019

General Description: 35 acre Certified Organic/biodynamic farm business on Bainbridge Island a short ferry ride from Seattle. Rural island setting on Puget Sound with the moderate climate of Olympic rainforest and Cascade mountains. Beautiful acreage of rolling hills with pastured animals integrated in our food production. We specialize in season extension using many greenhouses, hoophouses, high tunnels, etc that we have developed in 45 years of organic farming in the NW.

Internship Starts: 04-01-19
Internship Ends: 10-31-19
Number of Interns: 4
App Deadline: ASAP
Minimum Length of Stay:

Meals: You grow your own food, and can prepare and eat your meals together.

Skills Desired: Farm experience is not necessary but if you have worked on a farm and have begun developing a passion for farm life that has to be a plus. What we are interested in are individuals that bring a positive attitude, strong verbal skills and are willing to work hard when needed and able to relax and have fun the rest of the time.

Educational Opportunities: Our program emphasizes current marketing strategies for small market farms which include: CSA, Farmer's market. restaurants, wholesale store accounts, established plant nursery and cut flower business. Besides fruits, flowers and vegetables we raise animals: chickens, turkeys, and pigs. We process some foods so to offer a large variety of product for our customers. In our field production interns become familiar with various size tractors and specialized equipment. Our interns accomplish the most from our program by hands-on experience working aside our full-time employees in the field and at all other tasks of our farm business. We feel experiencing first hand and asking insightful questions and sharing new ideas among each other while in the moment is most effective. Once a week we have group sessions when interns get to ask the farmer(45+ years of experience) directly why, when and where they did the tasks they did for the week. We have also partnered with "Cultivating Success" Sustainable Small Farms Educational Program and WSU for a series of workshops throughout the season at various local farms. Interns are also involved in our local "Educulture Program" that brings hundreds of local school kids to our farm during the season.

Stipend: $700 per month plus bonuses, amounts may increase depending on experience

Housing: Intern housing.

Preferred method Of Contact: email

Internship Details: Our intern program is it's 14th year. We have had 55+ interns go through our program and many have purchased or presently work on farms. Our program is based on solid educational framework with practical experience to support that knowledge. Our program is different from most other farms because we have an experienced full time staff that are always working alongside the interns each day, sharing the work load and available to answer questions as they arise in the field. We try to create an environment that allows the individuals to fully immerse themselves in the farm life. Many interns have created lifetime friendships through all the sweating together sharing hard physical farm work and the fun times they have sharing with each other all those amazing accomplishments of the season. At the end of each season we have asked an intern to stay on as an apprentice the next season. Several have remained for several years, (have I mentioned that we work with an Organic farm in Mexico where the new apprentices have an opportunity to spend the winter).


 

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