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27 Dec 2021

Internship Oz Farm Apprentice

Oz Farm – Posted by ozfarm Point Arena, California, United States

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Job Description

Oz Farm is an organic farm, non-profit and retreat center which has operated for over 20 years on the banks of the Garcia River in Mendocino County, Ca. We grow vegetables, flowers and heirloom apples for local farmer’s markets, grocery stores, restaurants, and our CSA program. We provide education in sustainable agriculture for beginning farmers, and expand local organic food access through our nonprofit, Village Oz. We also host retreats and weddings through our Retreat Center.

Our Apprenticeship is an educational, hands-on experience in small-scale organic agriculture. Minimum 40 hours per week of field work and educational classes, discussions and field trips. Extensive practice in agricultural skills, from planning and field preparation through planting, weeding, harvesting and marketing, with opportunities to delve more deeply into areas of interest. We offer individual “mini-farms” where apprentices develop their own management and production leadership. Expect a serious, commercial work environment with a strong team of farmers and plenty of manual labor. We provide weekly classes, discussions and workshops on a wide range of agricultural topics and rural life skills, including soil chemistry and biology, crop planning, botany, seed saving, compost making, orchardry, cider making, farm finances, marketing, floral arranging, off-grid solar, herbal medicine, hide tanning, basic carpentry and mechanics, and more. Communal living includes shared kitchen, family-style dinners, weekly community meetings, and rotating weekend farm duties. Our Apprenticeship gives a professional, well rounded and practical education in the wide range of tools and techniques for diversified vegetable production and marketing, as well as modeling a sustainable lifestyle where apprentices gain invaluable experience in off-grid, communal living. For more details and application, go to https://www.ozfarm.com/apply

Internship Starts: April 2nd, 2022

Internship Ends: November 18th, 2022

Number of Internships Available: 4

Application Deadline: Jan 1st, 2022

Minimum Length of Stay: 8 months

Skills Desired: Some farming experience preferred

Compensation:

Private 10×12 cabin with wood burning stove, running water, and small solar array. Access to the communal farm kitchen that is stocked with seasonal farm fresh produce and bulk food items (no meat or dairy), with outdoor shower and bathtub, large front and back porch, a lounge area with loft space for guests.

Family-style dinner 5 nights/week. We cannot provide for special dietary needs.

The opportunity to pursue passion projects on the farm outside of the work week. 

What We Expect:

A strong, stable person who can fully engage the farm and has a natural curiosity for understanding agriculture and developing work skills. A good team member who starts each workday prepared, present, and ready to work with a sense of presence. Someone who observes carefully, takes initiative, and handles responsibility well. A thoughtful communicator and caring community member with an interest in intentional living.We are looking for serious, hardworking applicants who are ready to dive into the work of farming and take full responsibility for this opportunity to learn and practice organic agriculture.

How to Apply

Job Categories: Sustainable Agriculture / Food. Job Types: Internship. Job Tags: educational, heirloom apples, organic farming, and sustainable agriculture. Salaries: Less than 20,000.

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