Dancing Bear Farm has been operating as an Oregon Tilth Certified Organic farm since it’s inception in 1998. We have 18.5 acres of flat, open land in the Williams Creek Valley, at the base of the Siskiyou Mountains. We have six acres under production with a variety of open-pollinated and heirloom vegetables, flowers, and herbs. We are members of the Siskiyou Sustainable Coop CSA, participate in two farmers’ markets, and grow certified organic seed for several companies.
RESPONSIBILITIES & TRAINING SCHEDULE
We are looking for 2 – 3 interns from March to October to immerse themselves in the daily operation of the farm. Interns will participate in every aspect. They will be expected to train 40 hours/week, with Sundays and Mondays off. Hours and days may change on occasion due to special needs. Closely supervised and training with the farmer at the beginning, progressing to more independence with tasks and special projects as proficiency is gained. We farm mostly by hand—seeding, propagation, transplanting, weeding, soil building, greenhouse, harvest, market prep, marketing, seed harvest, and seed cleaning. The days can often be hot, wet, cold, dry, boring, and exhausting. Interns will get to see the fruits of their labor as the crops grow.
Dancing Bear Farm offers housing in the form of a two bedroom house with a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and bath. Staples (e.g., beans, rice, flour, spices) are provided, along with harvests from the fields as the season progresses. Details of the room, board, and stipend package will be discussed during the interview process.
As we are fairly isolated from the rest of the world, a reliable means of transport is required. A farm visit/interview is highly recommended. We are a drug-free operation.