Diggin’ Roots Farm is a 50 acre certified organic farm on the eastern side of the Willamette, tucked just next to the foothills of the Molalla River corridor and the Table Rock Wilderness. Our farm encompasses a 4 acre riparian area with a seasonal creek that splits off 7 acres of the property. We have huge open skies and an amazing oak-lined horizon with perfect sunsets. We are 8 miles from Silverton, which is where we go to farmer’s market and focus much of our CSA (Portland is our other main outlet). Silverton has a movie theatre, good restaurants, and many festivals throughout the summer.
The opportunity to tend this land and call it our home is a privilege for which we smile every day. We are drawn to this livelihood by a magnetism of purpose, abundance, and place. It is not easy. We are not perfect. We learn and evolve with each passing season, and we hold our responsibility as stewards on the horizon: we strive with heads up and eyes open, nurtured by good food and grounded by the unknowable.
Our operation continues to evolve with our current plan for 2017 including the CSA, a farmer’s market, a farm stand, and continued sales to restaurants. We’ll be minimally expanding our production to total about 4 acres of vegetables. We expect approximately 18 ewes to give birth to 18-30 lambs starting in February and we’ll be tending to a sow and her litter of piglets sometime this winter. The pasture is intensively managed with our animals and complimentary cuttings of hay or silage. Initial talk of the 2017 season includes improving our recordkeeping systems, especially around cost of production, possible expansion to other types of livestock, continued focus on conservation projects (pollinator hedgerow and riparian restoration), and establishing a farm stand.
Each day begins with a quick meeting to discuss the tasks of the day — many things are routine, but all aspects of the farm have the potential to change on a daily basis as conditions shift throughout the season. We intend to train alongside you to offer demonstrations but you will also be training alone sometimes as we juggle childcare, fieldwork, and time away from the farm. We will always be available on the farm or by phone. We love farming and consider a job-well-done to be its own reward. We hope you feel the same.
SPRING- greenhouse (seeding, thinning, watering, potting up), transplanting in the field, setting up irrigation
SUMMER- weeding, harvesting, transplanting/seeding outside
FALL- weeding, harvesting, clean-up (pulling irrigation, cleaning tools)
Carpentry and livestock care will be woven throughout the season as needed.
- Ability to follow instructions and receive constructive feedback
- Attention to detail, flexibility, positive attitude
- Ability to function well in a team setting
- Ability to train alone and without direct supervision
- Commitment to efficiency and quality in one’s work
- Ability to perform strenuous physical labor on a daily basis
- Ability to lift 50 lbs. repeatedly
- Adaptable to varying weather conditions
- Clean driver’s license & reliable transportation
ACCOMMODATIONS & Training schedule
Student accommodations will either be a small studio apartment or trailer. Either will include heating and electricity, a composting toilet, and shower. Student(s) will have access to an outdoor washing machine and clothesline. Wireless internet will be available on the farm but may not be available in the housing. The student(s) are responsible for keeping their living space clean. No smoking or illegal drugs are allowed on the farm. No substance use of any kind is allowed during training hours. Pets are not allowed.
We expect 8-10hr training days, 5 days a week,with an average of 40 hrs/ week. This will include some Saturdays for help at market. Time off will be considered and must be discussed in advance of hiring. We will provide room, board, and an education stipend. Details of the room, board, and stipend package will be discussed during the interview process.
We are looking for a student or couple to join us for the entire season April-November. If a couple is interested both parties do not need to be part of the RFC program, but there may be potential for part-time employment opportunities available depending on skill and interest.
The first month will be a trial period. Candidates are required to visit the farm before we embark on a season together.