Black Dog Farmstead is a non-certified organic farm growing four acres of vegetables and fruit for local markets in the Rogue Valley. Over the past four years, we have focused on sustainable soil-building techniques to transform an overgrazed mountain ranch into a productive row crop operation: raised beds, cover cropping, reduced tillage, micro irrigation,marketable intercropping, etc. At Black Dog we blend French intensive gardening styles and permaculture practices with an aim towards efficient and productive systems.
The farm is in the rural Evans Valley—10 minutes from the small town of Rogue River, 30 minutes from the “big city” of Medford, and 45 minutes from the art and culture of Ashland. You will get to know other farmers and be a part of Southern Oregon’s agriculture community, but you should also be comfortable living quietly and spending most days on the farm.
As one of our 2017 interns, you will have the opportunity to train with the Black Dog farmers, participating in nearly every aspect of managing the farm. The primary goal of the internship is for you to walk away with a complete understanding of what it takes to design, implement, and manage a small row-crop operation. This means becoming familiar with the whole process, beginning with seed selection, soil amendments, and tillage and continuing through the harvesting, packing, and marketing of our products. You should be comfortable being alone, as well as part of a team, and making thoughtful, managerial decisions. You will represent Black Dog Farmstead at one local market, and you will probably be asked to manage a handful of volunteers at different times throughout the season.
In addition to your responsibilities in the garden, there will be opportunities for you to participate in animal husbandry, carpentry, natural building, and forestry. December 2014 marked the completion of earthworks of our one-acre permaculture orchard, and the coming season will offer a lot of opportunities to plant and manage this area.
Interns will be housed in a private camper with shared bathroom and kitchen and access to household amenities and common space. Awesome food also provided, along with a monthly stipend. The details of the room, board, and stipend package will be discussed during the interview process.
We expect a full 40 hours of moderate to heavy training per week. No heavy smokers or drinkers. Pre-placement visit required. Internship runs from March 15 to October 31.