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Dog Mountain Farm
7026 Tolt Highlands Road NE
P.O. Box 17
Carnation, WA 98014

Contact: Cindy Krepky

Phone: 425-333-0833

Email: farmer@dogmtnfarm.com

Website: http://www.dogmtnfarm.com

Last Updated: 12-30-2011

General Description: Since 2001, David & Cindy Krepky have owned and operated Dog Mountain Farm which has served the Snoqualmie Valley community and Seattle area by providing farm-fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs, herbs, flowers, eggs, poultry meat, and pork. We use sustainable growing methods without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or commercial fertilizers. We strive to produce nutrient dense food that is superior in flavor and shelf life and provides a broad range of health benefits. Our livestock are humanely raised on pasture without antibiotics or hormones. Building a strong biological system in our soil is the focus of our agricultural management.

In addition to growing food that is better for you and the environment, we are committed to reconnecting people to the land, the seasons, and the food they eat. We are doing our part to contribute to the local foodshed and to educate people on the importance of local, sustainable agriculture.

Internship Starts: January
Internship Ends: December
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: Year-round
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months

Meals: Staples, meat, and produce are provided. An outdoor kitchen is also available for use and interns will help in the preparation and cleanup of shared meals.

Skills Desired: Commitment to starting own farm business or seek additional skills and knowledge to operate a farm. Enthusiastic about experiencing a farm lifestyle and a love of cooking, eating, socializing, and sharing with others. Must be neat and organized. One to two years' experience working on a farm doing field work, caring for livestock, or working in an agricultural greenhouse. Applicants must be physically fit, able to lift 50 lbs and to work long hours outdoors in all weather conditions. Basic construction or mechanical skills a plus. Non-smokers and moderate alcohol consumers only.

Educational Opportunities: In this full-time program, interns will learn the technical and business skills needed to run a small-scale farm, including all aspects of raising crops and livestock, greenhouse management, agritourism, marketing, planning, budgeting, and accounting. Interns are expected to provide lead direction to WWOOFers/volunteers. Interns will establish learning goals and objectives to ensure maximum value from this experience. Interns will spend 8-12 hours a day, 7 days a week, performing daily farm chores, working at farmers markets, participating in building projects, and record keeping. A large library is available for individual study and the farm manager and owner will provide individual and group training to meet intern learning goals.

Stipend: $500/month.

Housing: Shared housing in a 40-foot trailer, including kitchen and shower facilities, will be provided. Camping onsite is also an option. Interns are expected to maintain the trailer in a clean and orderly state.

Preferred method Of Contact: Mail or email

Internship Details: The goal of this internship is to prepare the student to farm independently or take a more responsible position on a working farm. The intern will have the opportunity to learn all aspects of operating a diversified, sustainable farm.

Dog Mountain Farm is a 20-acre diversified operation in Carnation, WA. The farm has a commercial greenhouse; a .25-acre orchard with apples, pears, plums, peaches, cherries, and quince; a small berry field and table grape vineyard; 2 acres of annual and perennial vegetables and herbs; a team of Percheron draft horses; Gloucestershire Old Spots pigs; dairy goats; Icelandic sheep; bees; and poultry. Most of the farm work is manual, including cleaning animal housing, planting, harvesting, and weeding; although there is a tractor for moving and lifting heavy loads, digging post holes, etc.


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