The goal of this new program is to offer an on-the-ground glimpse of what it takes to get food to tables, a perspective on how farming is an environmental/cultural/economic issue, and preparation for future paid farm work.
The Organic Farm School is located on beautiful Whidbey Island in the Maxwelton Valley. Participants in this 10-week program are encouraged to explore the robust community here.
What does this opportunity look like?
June 24 - August 30th (we can work with scheduling conflicts)
There is no cost to students
Hands-on learning Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday with a certificate granted on successful completion
Option to participate in Thursday discussion groups and field trips to other farms
Skills taught and through required work. Tasks will be demonstrated and explained then you will jump into doing:
basic farm biosecurity
propagation from seed
transplanting into field
weed identification and cultivation techniques
Pest identification and exclusion
What this opportunity does not include:
What we are we looking for? Individuals interested in:
exploring the lifestyle of a small scale farm
improving their connection with Earth and food
possibly pursuing farming as a source of income
must be 18 or older
able to do the physical work of farming, to include, bending, stretching, walking over mostly even ground, working in the full variety of weather, and lifting up to 40 pounds repeatedly in a day.
capable and committed to following instructions
willingness to work on pace
enthusiastic about receiving suggestions for improvement
consistently present and on time
interest in and willingness to live cooperatively with other students in a shared housing arrangement
Fill out the form below to request that an application be emailed to you.
Applications must be received by May 31st. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled for June 3 and 4.
Decisions will be made and announced by June 7th.