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Sunfield Farm

Washington, United States
MESA Notes – Public
Website :
http://sunfieldfarm.org
Blog, Online Newsletter, etc. :
Public Contact Information:
[email protected]
 

Private Host Information

Name:
Ezra Sullivan Sullivan
E-mail:
[email protected]
Phone:
3607458181
Address:
111 Sunfield Ln, Port Hadlock, Washington, United States 98339
Mailing Address(if diff. as abov)
po box 85
 

About the Placement:

Detailed Placement Description

Sunfield is an 81 acre diversified biodynamic farm on the NorthEast Corner of the Olympic Peninsula (The NorthWest Corner of the United States). The climate is maritime and temperate. There is a Waldorf grade and middle school on site. The farm consists of a 5 acre school campus, 42 acre fields and pasture, 8 acres wetlands, and 26 acres forest. We grow about an acre of annuals every year for produce and seed production. 1 acre of young apple trees, 1 acre of young hazelnuts, 1 acre of young blueberries and raspberries for a u-pick. More orchards, windbreaks, and wetland plantings are consistently planned and executed every year. Hay production. Rotation grazing with beef cattle, fiber sheep, dairy goats, laying hens (and a milk cow is coming soon!). The farm follows the principles of Biodynamic Agriculture informed by Rudolf Steiner. The Waldorf School is heavily integrated with the farm, and an interest in environmental education is encouraged. We are in a very active and thriving farming community, and the national park is very close by. Extra curricular activities abound.

Primary Production :

Bees/Honey, Berries, Cattle, Farm Education & Community, Flowers, Goats, Poultry, Sheep, Tree fruits, Vegetables, hay, nut trees, forestry, non-commercial dairy


About the Internship:

Availability:

Accepting Stewards

Training Hours:

32 hours a week of work plus off-hours chores plus 4 hours a week educational workshop/field trip

Training Expectations :

We only require a desire to learn and work hard. Enthusiasm is greatly appreciated. Applicants must be physically able and healthy.

On-Site Training, Steward’s primary activities :

Interns will be involved in all aspects of the farm. This includes propagation of vegetable starts, transplanting, weeding, and harvesting vegetable crops. Planting and tending orchards, hedgerows, berries are a large part of the learning experience. Animal husbandry is a major aspect of the internship, which includes managing cattle, goats, sheep, and chickens. Alongside these farm responsibilities, we also host educational programs and community festivals on our land.

Education is a primary focus at Sunfield Farm, and we are committed to providing a holistic balance of education and work experience for all interns. Once a week we will have “class time” to explore Biodynamic theory, farming basics, local farm field trips, and Anthroposophy etc.. Please come with an openness to Biodynamic Agriculture (https://www.biodynamics.com/biodynamic-principles-and-practices) and Anthroposophy (https://anthroposophy.org/learn-more/)

Climate and Location Description

Maritime temperate. Never gets very hot or very cold. Mild climate. Dry summer and wet fall through spring.

Compensation :

$500/month, 3 bedroom farm house w/ wifi, bathroom, kitchen, Free, daily food, Pay MESA for Steward Health Insurance*

Accommodations and amenities provided :

Housing in a farm intern house with three bedrooms. The house has a kitchen, living room, wifi, heat, shower, laundry, & bathroom.

Preferred start date :

April 1

Preferred length of internship :

October 31, thru winter optional

User ID:

Ezra Sullivan

Mesa Notes – Internal:

**NEED TO CONFIRM PMT AND CONTACT REFS. BEFORE ACTIVATING.
**
I spoke w/ Ezra on 12/10 and we discussed offering a $300-$400/mo. stipend with $150/mo. MESA fee — he will discuss w/ crew and get back to me so that I can update the Host App. and invite them to review new candidates once their apps. are available.
Ezra understands the uncertainties around visa process for 2022, said they’re game for 2023 if can’t work out next season.

Status:

Pending

Admin Only – No Notification:

Your Job Title:

Farm Director

Do you have separate mailing address? :

Yes

City:

Port Hadlock

State :

Washington

Zip Code:

98339

Host Fees. $175 Steward assignment confirmation, plus $225/month/Steward.:

I am unclear about this. $175 one time fee to MESA and $225 montlhy fee to MESA on top of the stipend we supply to interns?

Other Placement Activities:

Biodynamic, Composting, Farm carpentry/building, Farm machinery/equipment, Youth education

How many Stewards would you like to host:

2-3

Placement description:

Sunfield is an 81 acre diversified biodynamic farm on the NorthEast Corner of the Olympic Peninsula (The NorthWest Corner of the United States). The climate is maritime and temperate. There is a Waldorf grade and middle school on site. The farm consists of a 5 acre school campus, 42 acre fields and pasture, 8 acres wetlands, and 26 acres forest. We grow about an acre of annuals every year for produce and seed production. 1 acre of young apple trees, 1 acre of young hazelnuts, 1 acre of young blueberries and raspberries for a u-pick. More orchards, windbreaks, and wetland plantings are consistently planned and executed every year. Hay production. Rotation grazing with beef cattle, fiber sheep, dairy goats, laying hens (and a milk cow is coming soon!). The farm follows the principles of Biodynamic Agriculture informed by Rudolf Steiner. The Waldorf School is heavily integrated with the farm, and an interest in environmental education is encouraged. We are in a very active and thriving farming community, and the national park is very close by. Extra curricular activities abound.

Average training hours/week:

32 hours a week of work plus off-hours chores plus 4 hours a week educational workshop/field trip

Climate and Location description:

Maritime temperate. Never gets very hot or very cold. Mild climate. Dry summer and wet fall through spring.

Are you willing to host a Steward whose English proficiency is below 30%?:

Yes

Please list your two nearest airports, and approx. driving distance to/from the training site.:

Seattle Int’l Airport 2 hours.
Portland Int’l Airport 4 hours

We have previously hosted a MESA Steward(s):

No

We have hosted or currently host J-1 interns/trainees in another program:

No

Reference 1:

Lyn Gregory 720 587 9930

Reference 2:

Ryan Ginn 541 531 1655

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