Washington State: School of the Lost Arts seeks Culinary Intern

29 Mar
The goal of this internship is to give the student an opportunity to expand their culinary training in the planning and preparation of seasonal meals; preservation of fruits and vegetables; butchering; and cheese making. The intern will have the opportunity to experience all aspects of a diversified, sustainable farm.


The School of the Lost Arts is a non-profit educational organization with the mission to teach sustainable living skills in agriculture, culinary, and traditional arts. The School is hosted by Dog Mountain Farm, a 20-acre diversified operation in Carnation, WA. The farm has a commercial greenhouse; a .25-acre orchard with apples, pears, plums, peaches, cherries, and quince; a small berry field and table grape vineyard; 2 acres of annual and perennial vegetables and herbs; a team of Percheron draft horses; Gloucestershire Old Spots pigs; dairy goats; Icelandic sheep; bees; and poultry.

Experience and Educational Opportunities

June through September, you will have the opportunity to learn about sustainable agriculture and live the farm life, gaining experience preparing meals using seasonal, farm-fresh products. You will be responsible for meal preparation for farm residents, interns, and guests; canning, preserving, and cheese making; supporting local chefs during farm dinners; teach classes and workshops on the farm; and special projects, such as creating recipes for a farm school cookbook. Interns will establish learning goals and objectives to ensure maximum value from this experience.

Living Quarters and Meals

Shared housing in a 40-foot trailer, including kitchen and shower facilities, will be provided. Interns are expected to maintain the trailer in a clean and orderly state. Staples and produce from the farm are provided. A covered outdoor kitchen is available for use and consists 2 propane grills, a 3-compartment stainless sink with potable water, and a stainless table as well as other tables for prep/cleanup. There is a walk-in cooler close to the kitchen and a gas and electric oven are available in the house.


Commitment to a culinary career focused on local food or seeking additional skills and knowledge to promote sustainable living skills. Enthusiastic about experiencing a farm lifestyle and a love of cooking, eating, socializing, and sharing with others. One to two years’ experience working for a restaurant, caterer, farm or equivalent culinary education. Applicants may occasionally be required to lift 50 lbs and work long hours outdoors in all weather conditions. Non-smokers and moderate alcohol consumers only.

Dates and Stipend

June-September, 2011; $500/month

To Apply

Submit resume and three references to: School of the Lost Arts, PO Box 17, Carnation, WA 98014


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