RFC’s Full-Season Internship Program is a spring through fall immersion for aspiring farmers who want to gain significant farming or ranching production experience and don’t have a lot of previous exposure. For those seeking an experience for just the summer months, a Summer Internship Program is in development for 2021. The Full-Season Internship Program is an entry/intermediate-level, immersive program that combines hands-on training with skills-based education. No experience is required to apply, however some host farms do prefer applicants have some previous farming or outdoor work experience. RFC recommends some previous outdoor work experience.
Full-time participants engage in a seasonal average of 30-36 hours per week of on-farm experience. Part-time participants engage in a seasonal average of 14-24 hours per week of on-farm experience. In addition to the on-farm training experience, participants engage in a series of farm tours, classes, and discussion circles focused on a broad array of sustainable agriculture and food system topics organized by Rogue Farm Corps (see a sample Internship Program events schedule here). Participants also have an opportunity for an independent project if desired. Internship Program participants are exposed to the farm knowledge, networks, and expertise through engaging in the daily life of an agricultural community via their host farm.
To see an overview of all our farmer training programs, see our Programs At A Glance page.
The part-time Internship Program includes the same educational offerings as the full-time option, but participants train on the farm part-time. Check our host farm webpage in January to see which of our participating host farms will be offering this option.
NEW! Summer Internship now available. Summer interns can dip their toes into farming by training for 8-36 hrs/wk over 10-14 weeks with a host farmer during the summer and attend 5-8 of the Internship classes/farm tours/ discussions.
Are you ready to level up your farming skills? RFC’s Apprenticeship Program is an advanced on-farm learning experience, combining hands-on training and skills-based education for those ready to dive into the art and business of sustainable agriculture. This program can help you further your farming career by learning the skills needed to manage and run a diversified farming operation, and deepen your understanding of ecological and sustainable agricultural practices.
This full-immersion program is designed for those who have completed RFC’s Internship Program, a similar farm training program, or have at least one full season of farming experience (or equivalent). It is for people who have a foundation of farm knowledge and skills but are looking to deepen their managerial experience, agricultural skills, and conceptual understanding, with the goal of managing, owning, or operating a farm enterprise in the future. Similarly to the Full-Season Internship Program, participants train full-time at one of RFC’s partner Host Farms. Participants also engage in a series of weekend workshop intensives in RFC chapter locations around the state including in-depth farm tours with real working farmers focused on advanced agricultural skills and knowledge, attend local area classes and tours, and have the opportunity to take on independent projects. The Apprenticeship, like the Internship, examines the economical, ecological and social sustainability of farm practices demonstrated, and continues to build on these themes.
For full program descriptions, application instructions, and more please visit roguefarmcorps.org/training.
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