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Tilth Alliance Farm Works Farm Steward Intern

The Garden Stewards will work closely with the learning garden coordinator and will be involved in the planning and implementation of work parties, workshops, and other educational garden activities at the McAuliffe Park Learning Garden. Focus will be on implementation of the Seattle Tilth Demonstration Garden Educational Goals through planning, record keeping, volunteer education and management, and community building.

Internship Overview

Tilth Alliance provides farm business training and support to aspiring farmers in the Puget Sound region. This "farm incubator" program is called Tilth Alliance Farm Works and is located in Auburn, WA. Tilth Alliance Farm Works participants attend farm and business trainings, tour neighboring farm operations, and gain hands-on experience growing and harvesting food using organic practices.

Tilth Alliance Farm Works interns are involved in all aspects of the farm and work closely with program staff. As much as possible, Tilth Alliance seeks to create a participatory environment driven by learning-by-doing models. Interns learn about and participate in greenhouse management, field cultivation, irrigation systems, pest control, harvesting, post- harvest handling, distribution, and animal care.

Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Field work: seeding, transplanting, weeding, thinning, trellising and harvesting.
  • Greenhouse: seeding, weeding, transplanting, and watering.
  • Wash Station: washing, sorting, packing, labeling all crops.
  • Tractor work: bed preparation and mowing.
  • Distribution: delivering restaurant orders, distributing CSA, sales at farmers' markets and setting up farm stand.
  • Animal care: feeding, watering, collecting eggs.

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, winter cold and summer heat.

While much of the internship will be focused on hands-on learning, interns will be encouraged to participate in the Educational Program and pursue an independent project, which will provide the intern with the opportunity to explore a topic of interest while gaining project management experience. Tilth Alliance Farm Works staff will provide support and direction for educational aspirations.

Qualifications

  • Tilth Alliance seeks applicants who are enthusiastic about agriculture and have a vision for themselves within the Tilth Alliance Farm Works community
  • Reliable, responsible, self-motivated and hard working
  • Ability to work independently, be self-directed and also work well as a member of a team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work with an interpreter
  • Physical ability to work daily with hands, wrists and back, and to lift 50 pounds regularly
  • Basic computer skills

Details

Time Commitment: Interns will devote 32 hours per week to the farm for 3-9 months. Priority is given to applicants willing to participate in farm activities for the entire growing season, from February through November.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • $200 monthly stipend
  • Interns will have access to free, shared, onsite housing that is furnished and includes kitchen and laundry facilities and free wifi
  • Interns are encouraged to participate in our twice-weekly classes and field trips
  • Interns eat well from harvest surpluses
  • Interns can gain up to six Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through Washington State University
  • Interns may receive school credit if their institution allows

Tilth Alliance Farm Works 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.

Work Site:
Tilth Alliance Farm Works
17601 SE Lake Moneysmith Rd
Auburn, WA 98092

 


Application Process

Questions? Email Ali Nichols at alisonnichols@tilthalliance.org for more information.

 

About Tilth Alliance Farm Works

Tilth Alliance Farm Works provides educational and business opportunities for aspiring farmers in the Puget Sound region. Tilth Alliance‚Äôs mission is to inspire and educate people to grow food organically, conserve natural resources and support local food systems in order to cultivate a healthy environment and community. Tilth Alliance Farm Works helps achieve this mission by providing opportunities for aspiring farmers to gain hands-on experience growing and harvesting food using organic practices and to sell their crops through local networks.

In addition to the Tilth Alliance Farm Works Education Program, a program that provides classroom instruction, hands-on field based training and mentoring to aspiring, limited-resource farmers, Tilth Alliance Farm Works also operates a small-scale production farm. The purpose of the production farm is threefold: to demonstrate organic production methods to Education Program participants, to create and maintain market channels that benefit Tilth Alliance Farm Works participants, and to provide a sustainable source of income for the program itself.

The Tilth Alliance Farm Works farm is located 4 miles east of the Green River, in Auburn, Washington. We grow approximately 40 different varieties of vegetables on approximately 9 acres. In addition to raising laying hens and managing several beehives, we plan to expand our livestock and perennial systems on additional acreage this year. All of the crops we grow will be distributed locally through the Tilth Alliance Food Hub, Tilth Alliance CSA, farmers markets, food banks, and some area restaurants.

About Tilth Alliance

Tilth Alliance is a nationally recognized non-profit educational organization dedicated to inspiring and educating people to safeguard our natural resources while building an equitable and sustainable local food system. Our program areas include the environment, farming, gardening, cooking and nutrition, food distribution and community events.

Thank you for your interest!

Last revised: 1/23/2017

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