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25 y/o male with no experience looking for farm work for room and board or as intern -PNW  RSS feed

 
Cai Phillips-Jones
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I am a recent graduate with a degree in psychology, but I'm in a phase of experimenting with different lifestyles and jobs. I'd love to spend a few months working on a farm, doing whatever needs to get done, in exchange for a room, or maybe even as a paid or unpaid intern. I am currently in Portland, Oregon, so somewhere in the Pacific Northwest would be ideal. I have little farm experience, but I have helped my brother in his permaculture landscaping, so I have an appreciation of the ethos and type of work involved in at least that kind of agriculture. I have references from school and other jobs.

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-Cai
 
Heather A. Downs
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Hi Cai,

My daughter recently joined a farm as an intern with a weekly stipend after graduating highschool.
She didn't have any experience, either. She got leads on this site, attra and helpx.

Attra: Find farms needing interns by location.
https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/internships/

HelpX: Find farms and create a profile so they can find you.
https://www.helpx.net/

You can also check out http://goodfoodjobs.com/ and
http://www.beginningfarmers.org/internship-and-employment-opportunities/

When creating your profile on helpx, it would help if you describe some of the permaculture related activities
you helped your brother with, and any transferable skills from your other jobs. Include any skills you want to
learn and if there's a particular aspect of farming you're interested in (organic vegetables, animal husbandry,
agritourism, etc.) Most farms are looking for someone to work a full day, a few look for half-day workers.
And many want interns with a desire to become farmers later on, though some would love any healthy, hard
worker just the same. Be sure to ask about work hours, days off, room and board arrangements, transportation
to grocery stores, etc. if you don't have a vehicle. Include your preferences in your profile.

Include that information on this thread too to get more help and leads from this site.

When you contact farms by email, attach your resume and a recent picture of yourself (they're going to ask for
it anyway). The email also serves as a cover letter, so briefly let them know how you heard about them, why
their farm in particular interests you, and highlight your best qualities and skills as a potential intern.


Here are some other informative links:

Farm Internships:
http://organic.about.com/od/organic-internships/tp/Important-Facts-To-Consider-About-Organic-Farm-Internships.htm
http://www.hobbyfarms.com/farm-marketing-and-management/farm-internships.aspx

Farm Skills:
http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/progsupt/jobsrvce/skills.htm
http://organic.about.com/od/startanorganicfarm/tp/Top-10-Skills-New-Organic-Farmers-Need.htm


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