Runnymede Farm is a diverse, bio-intensive farm located in the beautiful Evans Valley of Southern Oregon, right in between the town of Rogue River, and the river itself. The farm uses intuition and intensive, chemical free, non-certified organic practices to produce a wide variety of crops on their 10 acres, including vegetables, fruit, cut flowers, nursery plants, eggs, cow and goat milk, and pork and chicken meat. They also do a variety of value added products such as dried fruit, garlic braids, and ferments. Runnymede sells at the local farmers markets, as well as on site. The land, which was a former Christmas tree farm, also still hosts a woodlot in the back of the acreage, which is managed for firewood.
The farm is run by husband and wife team Art and Teri White. They have over 30 years of farming and market experience. They have been on the land since 1999, running the farm and raising two sons, who are now grown up and live nearby but do not farm. Teri and Art are independent, liberally minded people, who still hold many old fashioned values. Although they describe themselves as spiritual, they practice no form of organized religion. They appreciate the farming lifestyle, and believe that hard work can be enjoyable is not to be shunned or avoided.
They are joined on the farm by one full time employee, and two long term, seasonal, part-time employees, as well as interns, with the crew ranging between 2 to 10 people depending on the time of year. Due to the scale of their farm, field prep is done with a tractor, while all other tasks are performed by hand with basic tools.
Responsibilities and Training Schedule
Interns joining the crew at Runnymede can expect to be exposed to all tasks involved in running a small scale, diverse, mixed production farm, including care of livestock, milking and milk handling, planting, cultivation, harvesting, and selling at market. Additionally, there are a variety of construction projects available for interns to participate in if they are interested.
On farm training time consists of a standard 40 hours/week, but includes weekends. Interns will work alongside the Host Farmers or with experienced farm employees. Interns are also encouraged to pursue their specific interests within the farm operation, since there is such a diverse array of things happening.
The farm includes several outbuildings and barns, as well as living quarters for employees and interns. Interns will have separate accommodations from the main house, in either a trailer or separate room. There is a common space and kitchen that’s shared between interns and farm employees. The farm will provide staple foods, including milk, eggs, and produce from the farm, with some meals eaten together. Vegans, vegetarians, or others with dietary restrictions may need to provide some of their own food. A monthly stipend will be provided as well. Details of the room and board and stipend package will be discussed during the interview and placement process. Because of all the animals that already call Runnymede home, they cannot accommodate other pets.
Runnymede is seeking intern applicants who are mature, capable of working independently as well as living communally, and bring a positive attitude to the daily rigors of physical farm work. They encourage interns to explore and enjoy Southern Oregon, make friends outside the farm, and make the most of their experience.