“I applaud the Rogue Farm Corps staff, along with the Rogue Community College, OSU Extension, and others involved with this effort. It’s a fine line to walk the laws and regulations intended to protect employees from being exploited, while providing a hands-on, real-life, on-the-farm training and learning experience as an internship,” said Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba.
Participants in the Farms Next internship program live and work full time on a host farm for an entire growing season, receiving ongoing instruction and learning in-depth skills unique to the host farmer’s operation. A companion classroom component, farm tours and discussion circles will broaden the experience and expose student interns to the vast array of knowledge and expertise in our farming community.
“We were lucky enough to learn farming from a number of dedicated mentors. Working with Rogue Farm Corps and Rogue Community College is our opportunity to give back and mentor another generation of young farmers,” said Chris Jagger of Blue Fox Farm in Applegate, Oregon.
Student interns enrolled in this track will be registered in the Rogue Community College’s Professional Skills Training course and will be provided with training curriculum specific to the host-training farm.
“Rogue Community College is excited to partner with Rogue Farm Corp to launch Oregon’s first legal educational on-farm internship program. We believe in the importance of training a new generation of farmers to use sustainable farming practices. Rogue Farm Corp brings a rich background of knowledge and experience in this crucial arena,” said Margaret Bradford, Director of Marketing and Recruitment at RCC.
For more information about Rogue Farm Corps and the Farms Next Internship Program, see www.roguefarmcorps.org.