Alaska: Rosie Creek Farm seeks Interns

15 Feb

We are looking for self-motivated and hard working individuals who are serious about farming as a profession and life. Prior farm experience and education in sustainable agriculture is preferred but not necessary. You will be working closely with the farmer and farm managers in all aspects of our operation from greenhouse to planting to harvesting and marketing. We realize interns are here to learn as well as work. We are committed to teaching what we know and learning from your interests. Time is set aside weekly for informal classes and to work on individual projects and journals.

We are a small family run farm committed to sustainable agriculture and organic methods. We farm on 8 acres and are located 15 miles outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. We have 2 heated greenhouses and 3 high tunnels. We began as a cut flower operation we now sell mostly vegetables though a rapidly growing CSA (160), to restaurants, farmers’ markets and our local Homegrown Market. We have several hives of honeybees and have chickens for eggs and meat. 2011 will be our 13th season as a farm.

Interns are here to learn farming as well as work. We have textbooks and conduct both formal and informal “classes” on all aspects of farming. Interns are required to live on the farm. We have individual cabins for each intern, a communal cook-tent, a shower house, and a farm office with wireless internet and landline phone. The schedule revolves around a 40-45 hour work week. Interns are also required to be “on call” one weekend per month and one night per week (during frost season). We require every intern to take a week off the farm during July.

Rosie Creek Farm has received research grants from the USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE) and the state of Alaska. We work closely with University of Alaska and USDA researchers on sustainable agriculture methods. In 2011 we will be working on studies examining weed control methods and soil fertility in organic systems and also a study examining season extension in high tunnels.

Please send us a cover letter, a resume and 3 references. Your letter should answer the question of why you’d like to be an intern on our farm. Some questions to consider are: why farming?; why farming in Alaska?; how would you be an asset to our farm?; and what are your goals beyond any work here?.

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