New Farmer Internships at Cloud Mountain Farm Center in WA

New Farmer Internships available at Cloud Mountain Farm Center in WA

6906 Goodwin Rd, Everson WA

Cloud Mountain Farm has been a working 20 acre farm and nursery for the past 33 years.  In 2011, with huge community support and involvement, the farm became a new nonprofit: Cloud Mountain Farm Center. The new center is dedicated to new and existing farmer education and will carry on and expand the production that Cloud Mountain Farm has been working on for decades.  The farm produces some of the highest quality tree fruits and vine fruits in the region. Decades of work has gone into developing sustainable management systems for all the tree fruits being grown. The farm also produces a diverse mix of vegetable crops using organic practices. The nursery sells over 1000 varieties of ornamental and fruit plants that have been propagated and grown on site. The farm has worked and experimented in new crop development strategies as well as carried on variety trials in many of the crops they currently grow. The farm is a working farm so interns will gain a true experience in agricultural production and management. Interns at Cloud Mountain Farm Center will work 32 hours a week with staff in all aspects of production, marketing and sales.  Several hours a week will be set aside to discuss specific subjects as outlined in the syllabus. Interns will be expected to participate in on farm and off farm Center workshops as well as be encouraged to attend off site workshops and farm tours. Goals of New Farmer/Intern Program- To provide a hands-on learning environment for new farmers to build a skill set that will improve their knowledge, understanding and opportunities in sustainable agriculture. For more information about the internship and how to apply click "read more"

Crop Production at Cloud Mountain Farm Center: Apple, Pear Production; Stone Fruit Production - Cherry, Peach, Plum; Wine and Table Grapes - Production and variety trials; High Tunnel Vegetable Crops; Vegetable Field Crops; Greenhouse Production; High Tunnel Cherry Production; Plant Propagation: Woody Plants/Perennials/Grafting, Cuttings, Starts
Essential Skills Topics and Syllabus: The new farmer education program will instill essential skills needed for success in farming.  The topics below outline those areas that interns will use to ensure that they gain the foundation of an agricultural education.
Soil Management
  • Basic soil science
  • Soil Fertility
  • Ecological Soil Management
  • Compost/manures/cover crops
  • Crop rotations
  • Nutrients and the water table
  • Analyzing soil tests, petiole analysis
The Business of Farming
  • Business planning
  • Greenhouse production-soilless mediums container growing
  • Making the most of your fertility inputs
Farm Equipment
  • Field implements
  • Specialized equipment
  • Tractors
  • Equipment maintenance- What is your time worth?
  • Equipment vs. Manual Labor
  • Purchasing equipment
Crop Production   
  • Planning for the season-Vegetables, berries, tree fruits and vineyards, nursery plant material.
  • How to use operating budget actuals from past years experience as a planning tool.
  • Crop rotations-Disease, flora and nutrient issues.
  • Understanding variable costs in diversified crop production.
  • Pest Management
  • Market Development
  • Experimentation and Innovation
  • Creating Community-Coops,networks
  • Farm safety
Labor and the law   
  • How to be an employer
  • Labor & Industries
  • Unemployment
  • Tracking labor costs
Physicality
  • Body Mechanics and staying healthy
Water and Water Management
  • Irrigation design
  • Filtration  options
  • Delivery systems-drip, micros, impact sprinklers
  • Fertigation
  • Washington Water Law-Water Rights
Internships will run 6 or 7 months depending on their program. Most weeks they will work 32 hours per week; although occasionally they will work more hours as needed. Interns will receive a wage for 32 hours of farm labor /week however Interns will not be paid for on the farm classroom time which will be approximately an additional 8 hours/week.  At this time, no housing is provided. Tuition for the season is $3000 per intern. If you have questions or would like an application, please contact us at Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 360.966.5859, or info@cloudmountainfarm.com Our new website, www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org is in the process of being built.  Our goal is for the site to go live in early February, 2012.  Until then, you can visit our old site, www.cloudmountainfarm.com for a glimpse of Cloud Mountain Farm’s nursery business.

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