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Persephone Farm - WA
PO Box 158
9828 Midway Ave
Indianola, WA 98342

Contact: Rebecca Slattery

Phone: 360-265-1711

Email: persephonefarm@aol.com

Website: http://persephonefarm.com/

Last Updated: 12-26-2018

General Description: Beautiful Persephone Farm grows mixed vegetables and cut flowers to sell at a weekly farmer's market, through a CSA, and maintains several restaurant accounts. We also have a thriving wedding flower business. Some say "Persephone Farm grows 10 acres of vegetables on just two acres"! We do this by employing organic, human scale, bio-intensive practices. The farm lies in an idyllic setting within walking distance of a sandy swimming beach, miles of wooded trails, and abundant wildlife. Lovely small town atmosphere in cool, lush Western WA. Persephone is a busy, fun and social place, always lots going on!

Internship Starts: March 1
Internship Ends: 11-15-2018
Number of Interns: 5
App Deadline: until filled
Minimum Length of Stay: Full Season

Meals: Shared with other apprentices in separate kitchen. An abundance of farm fresh vegetables are provided. We also have attended a weekly big group dinner with our neighboring intentional community This has been a highlight of the week. Once every 4-5 weeks it's our turn to cook for these 40-ish people. Are you up for the challenge? It's fun!!! Interns also have the opportunity to tend their own garden plots for experimentation and individual expression.

Skills Desired: Agricultural experience is not required, though many past interns have already completed one or more seasons on a farm. In these cases, we have created a more advanced Internship opportunity to help them round out their experience. Qualities we seek are a positive attitude, willingness to work and try hard, self motivation, physical health, including strong back and knees, flexibility, and a love of healthy cooking and eating. We are looking for helpers with good verbal communication skills as we spend a lot of time together and enjoy good conversation as well as inquisitiveness for a participatory learning environment. We tend to prefer an "unplugged" work environment where human connections and listening to the world around us supersedes electronic gadgets in the fields.

Educational Opportunities: Lots of hands-on instruction and responsibility in all aspects of the farm's operation. Helpers work closely with the woman farmer who emphasizes teaching in the fields as well as lots of behind-the-scenes business aspects of running the farm, from bookkeeping to spreadsheets, accounting, social media, and CSA communications. A diverse array of classes will also be offered both on and off the farm, co-created with other farms in the area and WSU to round out the curriculum. Continuing education credits are awarded upon completion of the program. Readings, field trips, self-directed projects are all available as desired. There are a wide range of skill-sharing opportunities offered within our larger close knit community. A few examples are bread and cheese making, fiber arts, bee keeping, herbal medicine making, foraging, living in community.

Stipend: Approximately $750 per month, including profit sharing, and, of course, the freshest food imaginable, in exchange for full time work. Housing is provided in a cluster of yurts.

Housing: Housing and utilities are provided in cozy, wood-heated yurts on our quiet farm. We are an hour, including ferry ride, from downtown Seattle. Yurts are electrified, furnished, and have (somewhat sketchy) wireless Internet access. There is a communal kitchen, shared bathroom and laundry.

Preferred method Of Contact: Email

Internship Details: We have developed a well-rounded, respected, and, in many cases life-changing opportunity for those who come to work alongside us in our small scale veggie and flower fields. We particularly encourage those interested in starting their own sustainable small farms to apply. Couples are welcome. Pets will be considered on a case by case basis. There is also the opportunity to stay for more than one season if we are a good fit. Many of our former apprentices are now successful growers, building on our creative model of niche marketing and the authenticity of our growing practices. We strongly believe that each year's group of interns is our most important crop, as they take their season of learning with us out into the world to affect positive change.


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