Organic orchard internship

Round River Farm

Round River Farm is seeking 2 paid interns for the months of July & August, 2021. Round River Farm is a 40 acre certified organic walnut orchard and home in Witter Springs, California (near Upper Lake).  As a husband-wife team, we have cared for the farm ourselves, mostly, with occasional hired help for a couple of big jobs each year. As a step in our farm growth, we want to include aspiring farmers who desire to learn organic farm management on a small enterprise scale.

The internship will include a combination of hands-on work and discussions of how things work.  Between the two of us we have degrees in biology, soil science, agronomy and plant pest management as well as decades of experience in farming and farm management.  The internship will include hard work such as moving portable sprinkler pipe, repairing the drip irrigation system, hoeing weeds, tying & training young trees, pest monitoring, mowing & weed whacking, and other farm chores as necessary.  At the same time, we hope to explore the whole big picture of how things work on topics from soil microbiology and carbon sequestration, to efficient irrigation and establishment of young trees, to wildlife on the farm, to organic certification, regulatory issues and personnel management. This is our first experience with such an internship program, so it will be a learning experience all the way around.

We are prioritizing applicants with a desire to learn about organic farming and farm management. Interns must be willing to perform hard work in challenging conditions of heat, dust, and allergens. No previous farming experience is necessary, but it would be helpful. Construction, mechanical, gardening, or cooking skills are all a plus. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

The internship will be paid at minimum wage with room and board provided as part of the wages, all arrangements conforming to California labor law. Expected work hours will be approximately 25 hours per week for 9 weeks beginning July 5, 2021 and ending Sept 3, 2021.


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