Sound Vegetables Internship Program in Redmond, Washington – Fall 2017
Do you want to grow as an intern? Current intern Andy writes “get your hands dirty and learn from the best!”
Sound Vegetables’ market garden grows over 35 varieties of fresh produce and free range poultry. Our minimal soil disturbance techniques follow developing best management practices for local vegetable production, and we specialize in mesculn salad mix, tomatoes and fresh root crops. We raise pastured poultry and free-range chicken eggs for the local community. You won’t see us riding around on a tractor, but you will see some of the earliest and freshest produce available in Seattle grown intensively on our 1.6 acre patch just north of Redmond, WA.
Sound Vegetables Internship lasts 8-12 weeks and earn insight on the techniques and business model of Market Gardens day-to-day. Assistance with farm tasks include learning opportunities and are done with supervision. On a farm, hands on experimentation and familiarity with the plants, animals and seasons provides valuable experience. We want our interns to learn proficiency in the areas of their interest and prioritize mastery of those during the internship. Our curriculum includes a curation of reading assignments with discussions on various literature to guide the learning process for all partners and unlock the experience of those on the sustainable path before us. Interns are encouraged to offer ideas to improve workflow on the farm and find new techniques. We encourage this and are looking for interns with a sustained interest in farming in the Sammamish Valley to join our team.
Typical Tasks & Activities for Sound Vegetables Internships
- Assist with farm organization and upkeep
- Pruning and training vining crops
- Garden bed preparation
- Transplanting and seed sowing
- Building irrigation systems
- Caring for chickens
- Harvesting crops
- Developing markets and marketing with photography, writing, and documentation
- Creating written records of farm operations
- Inspecting crops to maintain quality
- Educational curriculum includes authors JM Fortier, Joel Salatin, David Madison, Helen and Scott Nearing, Mark Shepard, Eric Brende and others depending on the focus of the internship
- Community research and developing knowledge of local supply chains
To apply for a Sound Vegetables Internship, send a cover letter to Soundvegetables@gmail.com with your interest in local, sustainable, organic, fresh foods and mention any skills or passions which you possess or would like to develop.