Seattle Tilth Farm Works
Farm Steward Internship
About Seattle Tilth Farm Works:
Seattle Tilth Farm Works (STFW) is a farm incubator program which provides educational and business opportunities for aspiring famers in the Puget Sound region. Seattle Tilth is an environmental education organization that seeks to build an ecologically sound, economically viable and socially equitable food system. STFW helps achieve this mission by providing opportunities for aspiring, limited resource farmers to gain hands-on experience growing, harvesting and selling crops using organic practices.
The STFW farm is located 4 miles east of the Green River, in Auburn, Washington. We received our Organic Certification in 2015 and grow approximately 40 different varieties of vegetables on 9 acres, as well as managing a small orchard of apples and plums. In 2016, crops grown by our 26 participant farmers will be distributed locally through the Seattle Tilth Food Hub to a 400-member CSA, farmers markets, food banks, and Seattle restaurants.
STFW interns are involved in all aspects of the farm and work closely with program staff and participants. As much as possible, Seattle Tilth seeks to create a collaborative environment driven by learning-by-doing models. Interns learn about and participate in greenhouse management, field cultivation, irrigation systems, harvesting, post- harvest handling, distribution, on-farm conservation, and site management. Interns have the opportunity to participate in the Organic Farming Education Program through June as well as to become members of a unique and diverse community of farmers. Our internship program is certified under the Washington State Labor and Industries Farm Internship Project.
Responsibilities and tasks:
Field work: includes seeding, transplanting, weeding, irrigating, and harvesting
- Greenhouse: seeding, weeding, transplanting, and watering
- Wash Station: washing, sorting, packing, and labeling harvested crops
- Tractor work: bed preparation and mowing
- Distribution: delivering produce to food hub and packing and distributing CSA shares
Working on the farm requires the physical capability to contribute daily in a rigorous, fast-paced agricultural setting. Farm work offers an incredibly rewarding and demanding work environment and life experience. Interns should expect to work outside in all weather conditions including rain and summer heat.
While much of the internship will be focused on hands-on learning, interns also pursue an independent project that provides the intern with the opportunity to explore a topic of interest while gaining project management experience. Past projects have included the creation of a wetlands buffer and the planning and planting of a new orchard. STFW staff will provide support and direction for educational aspirations.
Seattle Tilth seeks applicants who are:
- Enthusiastic about agriculture and have a vision for themselves within the Seattle Tilth Farm Works community.
- § Reliable, responsible, self-motivated, flexible, and hard working.
- § Able to work independently, be self-directed, and work well as a member of a team.
- § Skilled in verbal and written communication.
- § Comfortable working with people from diverse backgrounds.
- § Capable of working daily with hands, wrists and back.
- § Able to lift 50 pounds regularly.
- § Knowledgeable about basic computer skills.
STFW interns will devote approximately 32 hours per week to the farm for a full season from May through November. During the spring, two days per week will be dedicated to participating in the Education Program. Summer and fall will be focused on field production, harvest coordination, and independent projects.
Compensation and Benefits:
All STFW interns will receive the following benefits:
- A stipend of $200 per month to offset living costs.
- Access to free, shared, furnished, on-site housing that includes kitchen and laundry facilities and free Wi-Fi.
- Food from harvest surpluses during the CSA season, June through October.
- Enrollment in the Organic Farm Education Program alongside farmer participants.
- Up to 6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through Washington State University.
- Interns may receive school credit if their institution allows.
STFW interns gain valuable farming skills and are given an opportunity to experience the inner-workings of a non-profit with over 30 years of success. Interns will actively contribute to organic farming, local food systems, the environment, and social justice, while working with a team to accomplish common goals.
Farm & Work Site:
Seattle Tilth Farm Works
17601 Southeast Lake Moneysmith Road
Auburn, WA 98092
About Seattle Tilth:
Seattle Tilth is a nationally recognized non-profit educational organization dedicated to inspiring and educating people to garden organically and conserve natural resources, and support local food systems in order to cultivate a healthy urban environment and community. Programs include farmer education; community learning gardens; a volunteer program, classes and workshops, events; a children’s garden program, the Master Composter program, the Garden Hotline, Seattle Youth Garden Works, and Seattle Tilth Farm Works.
Please email a brief cover letter and resume to Leah Grupp-Williams at email@example.com. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit your application as soon as possible for consideration.
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