WE HAVE FILLED ALL OF OUR POSITIONS FOR THE 2013 SEASON. Please send inquiries for the 2014 season to Stacy. We start interviews in December.
Learning how a small diversified farm operates is an on-going experience for everyone at the farm. The physical work is hard and sometimes repetitive, but is balanced with mental challenges which demand creativity. Delicious food, beautiful scenery, an appreciative community, and deeply satisfying work make the effort worth its while. Learning happens mostly through hands-on work, but is supplemented by structured weekly workshops, farm visits, plenty of literature, and individual guided study.
The internship program at Broadturn Farm incorporates all elements of produce and cut flower farm work, including planning, research, seeding, bed preparation, planting, cultivating, mulching, pest management, harvesting, and vegetable storage and some floral design work. Interns (a.k.a. apprentices) also work with the community in teaching systems and skills, sales, outreach, and event facilitation. Being part of the farm crew involves group effort in meal preparation, flexibility, cooperation, and healthy communication skills. Enthusiasm, creativity, and full engagement are necessary.
learn how plants grow, and get harvested
get dirty get tired and grow calluses
learn how animals are raised, and slaughtered on a homestead scale
understand how compost rots
cook and eat well
learn "basic" skills like how to use a screw gun
learn social and political underpinnings of different food movements
learn construction skills
learn how to prioritize
learn lots and turn around and teach it to others.
All interns at Broadturn farm learn a wide spectrum of skills by participating in every element of the seasonal process. More formal instruction is offered during 6 weekly sessions with a clearly laid out curriculum covering topics ranging from soil health to the history of the local food movement. Regional workshops are offered at other farms through MOFGA's Farm Training Workshop program, to gain perspective on many different approaches to sustainable agriculture.
Attributes of an ideal candidate:
a strong work ethic
a humbleness about learning something new
interest in cut flower production
ability to interact with the public on a daily basis at the farm
If you are interested in applying for an internship position, please email your resume and a MOFGA Apprenticeship Application to Stacy. Internships are considered an exchange of education for labor. We provide you with a very modest stipend of $600/month, room and farm products including pork,beef, poultry, eggs, dairy, and produce. There are openings for 3 full season interns. Full season runs from April 1st to mid-October. You must be able to commit to the entire season. We cannot accommodate pets, children or partners as part of the apprenticeship.
EMPLOYMENT Field Manager We are looking for a skilled field manager. This candidate must posses very strong communication skills and be savvy at balancing time and effort. The Field Manager is responsible for running the field crew and daily operations of the crop production and harvest. This person should have a comfort with tractor use, people management, learning new systems and teaching them to others, a decisive nature about them and at least 3-4 years farming experience. Compensation will be based on experience and whether or not the manager chooses to live at the farm. You will be expected to start in March and work through October. Please send your resume to Stacy. Field Crew In addition, we will be hiring 2-3 seasonal, part-time and full time employees for field work. These positions start at $8.00/hr and offer a discount on farm produced products. Candidates must be willing to commit from May through October. You must have reliable transportation. Experience preferred but if you have a strong sense of humor, can talk and work at the same time and are a fast learner, please email your resume to Stacy.
Produce shares are sold out for the 2013 season. We still have Credit shares and Flower shares. To sign up for a Flower or Credit share for the 2013 season, click here. We accept credit cards, PayPal, checks mailed to the farm and cash!
With 2 locations our Dooryard Farmstand at Broadturn Farm and our Urban Farmstand at Aurora Provisions in Portland we look forward to providing you with the freshest flowers and produce all season. We are potting up seedlings and watching the berry blossoms with the goal of opening in early June in both locations!