Sun Spirit Farm is located on 30 riverfront acres of certified organic farmland on the Applegate River in Southern Oregon. The farm is zoned EFU (Exclusive Farm Use) and is mostly flat acreage with some woods and riparian area along the river. We are approximately 10 miles from Grants Pass and a couple minutes from the little town of Provolt, in the Applegate Valley. Recreational opportunities in the area include swimming, kayaking, fishing, biking, hiking, and camping.
We raise goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, horses, dogs, cats, and honeybees. We grow organic annual veggies, perennial fruits, and medicinal and culinary herbs, using tractors, low-tech tools, and our hands. We use greenhouses to extend the growing season for our region. We sell wholesale to local grocery stores, local restaurants, farmer’s markets, and a CSA. This year we will also be growing medicinal herbs for Pacific Botanicals.
We are a family farm, owned and operated by Brian and Michelle, who live there with their son. We also have a farm manager, Giffin, who will be working closely with the interns as well. We have been committed to organics for 20 years. Growing food for our selves and our community is our livelihood, our lifestyle, our spirituality, and a form of activism. We started as a small farm in the Applegate many years ago. At that time we grew for one restaurant, and the CSA. Over the years we have continued to expand. Currently there is more demand for our product than we can supply. We have been established market farmers for 10+ years. We are deeply committed to sustainable farming practices and sustainable living. We are environmental activists and work for human justice and human rights. We feel blessed to have a beautiful farm in the Applegate and enjoy sharing our land with others.
RESPONSIBILITIES & TRAINING SCHEDULE
As an intern at our farm you can expect to get hands-on practice in skills such as livestock care, milking goats, planting, cultivation, harvesting, selling at market, use of farm equipment, carpentry, food preservation, seed saving, irrigation, and pest management. We teach and train interns through demonstration, hands-on practice, and verbal communication.
We expect interns to participate in five on-farm training workdays each week, approximately 8 hours/day, with two days off each week. Light to heavy physical exertion is to be expected daily.
We offer room and board for our interns in the form of full-time access to a common building with wood-stove, well-stocked kitchen, wireless internet, a hot shower, bathroom, and washer and dryer. Interns will be provided with individual sleeping quarters either in trailers or bunkhouses. Farm meals can accommodate vegan, vegetarian, or meat diets, and depends on individual needs, and interns have access to all food produced on the farm. No tobacco smoking is allowed indoors.
We pay a monthly stipend. The details of the room, board, and stipend package will be discussed during the interview process.
Previous farming experience is desired though not required. Most importantly we are looking for people with commitment, dedication, a high level of integrity and attention to details.