Contact informationFarm Address:
93851 Horton Road
Blachly, Oregon, 97412
Primary Contact: Bill Booth
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Horton Road Organics, located in the Oregon coast range, integrates education and sustainable food production throughout our main season, April through October. The farm organically grows over 30 varieties of crops that supply a small CSA, three farmers markets, several restaurants and a number of local natural food stores. Each season, our farm welcomes a crew that includes farming apprentices and managers. Horton Road has developed its own integration of field practices that incorporate mindful attention to care of the land and crops, low impact hand work and simple organic practices that eliminate the need for chemical pesticides. Diversity and crop rotation, loving care and attention in the field, excellent variety selection, and articulate soil building with natural amendments all make up a healthy, fulfilling, and sustainable practice that supports its inhabitants, human and otherwise. The farm is committed to reinvigorating a human scale agriculture, developing healthy community and respectful relationships to its customers.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 05-02-2021
Internship Ends: 10-31-2021
Number of Internship Available: 5
Application Deadline: 02-01-2021
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months
Our apprenticeship promotes developing peer relationships to enhance learning, being part of a community which creates a completely unique experience each season. Since 1997, we have trained many successful new farmers who are now farming across the country. By offering all the ingredients for developing a vibrant small scale farm, our program is particularly designed to help those exploring this lifestyle as a career.
At Horton Road, our apprentice program is predominantly hands on. While each week there is a guiding theme, a class or field trip, students spend much of their time planting, weeding, harvesting and preparing vegetables. They also dig and fertilize raised beds, learn to sell produce at farmers markets, keep records, and write for our CSA newsletter.
At Horton Road, we have a strong work ethic. Throughout the season, students are expected to gain mastery over different tasks, develop an understanding of the working farm, and become an integral part of a seasonal crew. Our weekly curriculum provides lots of opportunity for ongoing learning, something that requires active participation on the apprentice’s part. Unlike conventional classroom learning, apprenticing integrates body and mind through direct experience – developing endurance and flexibility, cultivating knowledge through mindful observation, and building intuition by living the farmer’s life.
Our goal each year is to foster a diversified, productive, ecologically sensitive and personally enriching learning environment. We have made considerable effort in our program to create focused, energetic and limited work periods to accomplish our days tasks so that apprentices know exactly what’s expected of them and can enjoy a fair amount of free time relative to many farm operations.
Educational Opportunities: Although hands-on experience is essential in learning how to farm, study is also important. Each week begins with a theme that is carried through the week, reinforced by reading or video, a class or field trip, and an assignment to share with the group. Students are expected to engage the subjects, though the degree to which one digs deeper is up to the student. Monthly field trips to a wide array of local farms that demonstrate the diversity within alternative agriculture. The season culminates is each apprentice’s presentation of their “Faux Farm” a project presented to the group for review, designed to integrate the year’s learning and direct you to your next step in training.
Skills Desired: Most of our applicants are seriously considering farming or gardening as a career. Apprentices do well here if they are open to what there is to learn and not necessarily attached to a specific agricultural philosophy or technique. Prior field experience can be helpful but not as important as a willingness to meet the demands of the farm each day. It is essential that you are: (1) able to commit to the entire season (May through October) and have a good work ethic, (2) physically able to do field work, which involves a combination of stamina, strength and flexibility, and (3) able to work well with others in a team, have good communications skills, and are prepared to contribute time and energy to the well being of community life.
Meals: Meal preparation is up to the individual. Apprentices have access to the veggies that the farm grows and other bulk dry goods.
Stipend: $600-$1,000 per month (increases $100 for each month of the apprenticeship)
Housing: Yes. Private bedrooms with shared kitchen, living room, bathroom and outdoor solar shower.
Preferred method of Contact: email