Good Food Easy is located at Sweetwater Farm, a 25-acre property near Creswell, Oregon. The farm was founded in 1979, and while not certified, the land has been managed using organic inputs and practices since the farm's beginning. We produce a wide variety of vegetables and specialty crops for our CSA, Farmers' Market, and wholesale accounts. We specialize in unique and heirloom varieties, and pride ourselves on providing our customers with the best quality, freshest, and most nutrient-dense produce possible. Good Food Easy operates on about 4.5 acres leased from the farm owners, including eleven greenhouses that are in production year-round.
Erica and Tom are the primary farmers; we've lived on or near the farm for over 15 years and raised three kids here, with Erica working as an employee of the original farm founders from 1994-2012. When they retired in 2013, Erica assumed ownership of the business, and Tom left his town job to help on the farm too. In addition to the extra seasonal helper we are seeking, we also have two permanent year-round employees.
Training Schedule and Seasonal Flow
We expect our student to commit to the farm from April through at least early October, and to train 35-40 hours per week (with fewer hours during the should seasons and more at the peak of summer). You will have two days off per week. Additional vacation days may be available throughout the season if agreed upon in advance. We are willing to work with you and your interests (for example, selling at Farmers' Market, or not). Some of the basic Activities that you can expect to participate in are:
Spring: Starting seedlings, transplanting into greenhouses, weekly harvesting and prepping for CSA and wholesale orders (including learning proper produce handling and storage practices, quality control, and industry standards for delivered product).
Early summer: Setting up field irrigation, transplanting to field, harvest and prepping for CSA and Farmers' Market, weeding, and mulching.
Mid-summer: Ongoing transplanting, lots of harvesting (including big potato and garlic harvests), weed and pest control, special attention to watering.
Later summer/ early fall: More harvesting (including learning proper methods for storage crops such as squash and onions), outdoor field cleanup, removal and storage of irrigation equipment, application of amendments and cover crops.
We do not require previous farm experience, but we do expect a willing attitude and ability to listen and follow instructions, as well as your commitment to do your best. Communication skills are also important; we want to know if there is a problem or if you don't understand something. We have a tractor for big jobs, but much of our planting, weeding, and harvesting is done by hand, so the training can be physically demanding. You should expect to train in various weather conditions, spend a lot of time on your feet, and you will be bending, and lifting up to 50 lbs. We require an onsite visit and trial period before placement.
We have a bedroom and kitchen available for an intern to occupy in our cabin at the farm. The cabin also serves as farm office and storage space (2 of the 3 bedrooms), so you can expect some traffic during workdays, but would have privacy evenings and weekends. You will have a private bedroom (furnished with bed and dressers), use of the kitchen, and rights to additional storage space. The cabin has electricity; hot and cold running water; phone; wi-fi; wood stove; small bathroom with shower stall and sink (no indoor toilet; outhouse behind cabin); and a small kitchen with fridge, sink, oven and stovetop. No smoking in the cabin, no pets, and no illegal drugs allowed.
If you are in a relationship, your partner could potentially live onsite as well, without being required to work at the farm (though there may be part-time employment opportunities if interested).
You will be responsible for your own meals; we will provide a regular weekly CSA share, plus free access to plenty more veggies that are either plentiful or “cosmetically challenged”.
We provide a weekly stipend. The details of the room/ board/ and stipend package will be discussed during the interview process.
The farm is located 7 miles from the nearest town, so it would be best if you have your own car. Creswell offers a few restaurants, a small library, and a small grocery store with some natural and local products. Eugene is about a half hour drive away, with abundant dining, shopping, arts and entertainment available there. You can also reach the coast or the Cascade Mountains in about an hour’s drive from the farm.