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Our Table Cooperative / The Manav Foundation

Name The Manav Foundation Email [email protected]
    Steward(s) Selected Guyton –  –
Training Start Date June 18, 2018 Training End Date June 14, 2019
Steward Training Hours per Week 40  
Compensation (Stipend or Wage) Yes If Yes, how much/how often? 10.75
 
Non-Monetary Compensation and Estimated Value 0
Name of your Workers’ Compensation Carrier SAIF
Will your Workers’ Compensation policy cover the Steward? Yes
Number of Employees at training location 22
Number of Interns/Trainees/Apprentices at training location 2
Annual Revenue $0 to $3 Million
 

[Phase 1]

Phase Name Farming
Start Date of Phase June 18, 2018 End Date of Phase September 30, 2018
Primary Supervisor during this phase Ann Christler Supervisor Title Education Coordinator
Email [email protected] Phone Number 5037099773
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Trainee will perform general farming duties including seeding, planting, cultivating, harvesting, pack-out, etc. on a wide variety of crops.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

Orient trainees to farm and multi-stakeholder cooperative structure; integrate with farm crew; familiarize with crop plan and our practices; evaluate skills and language barriers and pair with appropriate partners from farm team. Evaluate areas for improvement.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Ann is an experienced educator and master gardener who will supervise the trainee’s overall integration with the farm. Day-to-day supervision will be performed by Our Table Cooperative’s Farm Manager, Karen Hicks.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

Located within 15 miles of major metropolitan area with plenty of cultural opportunities. Paired with local farm crew members for social interaction and integration.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Cooperative structures, basic organic farming techniques and skills – planting, cultivation, harvest, pack out, irrigation.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

Hands-on on-the-job training by experienced farmers as well as primary supervisor.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

Formal written review process by peers and supervisor at the end of first 2.5 months to evaluate trainee’s new skills and competencies and identify areas that need improvement.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 2]

Phase Name Farming + Sales
Start Date of Phase September 30, 2018 End Date of Phase December 14, 2018
Primary Supervisor during this phase Ann Christler Supervisor Title Education Coordinator
Email [email protected] Phone Number 5037099773
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Trainee will continue to perform general farming duties including seeding, planting, cultivating, harvesting, pack-out, etc. on a wide variety of crops while honing skills with a focus on areas identified in the phase 1 review. Trainee will also work in the on-site farm store and/or commercial kitchen to gain knowledge and experience of the retail and value-added-production aspects of the local food system.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

Build on knowledge gained during phase 1. Introduction to value-added-production and food retail depending on trainees qualifications and interests. Opportunity to interact with customers to understand the true impact of growing and selling food on communities. Attend National Biodynamic Conference in November, Oregon Biodynamic Group prep making day, and help with biodynamic certification plan for the farm.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Ann is an experienced educator and master gardener who will supervise the trainee’s overall integration with the farm. Day-to-day supervision will be performed by Our Table Cooperative’s Farm Manager, Karen Hicks, Farm Chef Kerri Cacciata, and Store Manager Sara Miller.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

Located within 15 miles of major metropolitan area with plenty of cultural opportunities. Paired with local farm crew members for social interaction and integration.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

More advanced organic farming skills, biodynamic agriculture, value-added production, and food retail/customer-service.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

Hands-on on-the-job training by experienced farmers, conference & workshop attendance, chefs and retail manager.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

End of training phase review conducted by peers and supervisors.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 3]

Phase Name Crop-panning+winter farming
Start Date of Phase December 14, 2018 End Date of Phase February 28, 2019
Primary Supervisor during this phase Ann Christler Supervisor Title Education Coordinator
Email [email protected] Phone Number 5037099773
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Trainee will continue to perform general farming with a focus on winter farming in the Pacific Northwest in hoop houses and outdoors. In addition, trainee will learn about all aspects of crop-planning for an organic mixed vegetable farm with an emphasis on crop rotation and long-term soil health. The planning process will incorporates customer feedback and prior season experience/records.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

Build on knowledge gained during phases 1&2 and incorporate these into the 2019 crop plan for the farm. Learn about winter farming techniques.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Ann is an experienced educator and master gardener who will supervise the trainee’s overall integration with the farm. Day-to-day supervision will be performed by Our Table Cooperative’s Farm Manager, Karen Hicks.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

Located within 15 miles of major metropolitan area with plenty of cultural opportunities. Paired with local farm crew members for social interaction and integration.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Winter organic farming skills, crop planning.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

Hands-on on-the-job training by experienced farmers.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

End of training phase review conducted by peers and supervisors.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 4]

Phase Name Spring Farming
Start Date of Phase February 28, 2019 End Date of Phase June 14, 2019
Primary Supervisor during this phase Ann Christler Supervisor Title Education Coordinator
Email [email protected] Phone Number 5037099773
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Trainee will continue to perform general vegetable farming with a focus on seed starting and spring planting.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

Build on knowledge gained during phases 1-3 as well as the crop-planning process during phase 3 to take on more of a leadership role around seed starting and spring planting. Hone leadership skills.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Ann is an experienced educator and master gardener who will supervise the trainee’s overall integration with the farm. Day-to-day supervision will be performed by Our Table Cooperative’s Farm Manager, Karen Hicks.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

Located within 15 miles of major metropolitan area with plenty of cultural opportunities. Paired with local farm crew members for social interaction and integration.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Seed starting (greenhouse techniques), spring planting, shoulder-season farming.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

Hands-on on-the-job training by experienced farmers.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

End of training review conducted by peers and supervisors.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)

With the completion of phase 4, the trainee will have spent an entire year on the farm and experienced all aspects of a mixed-species organic farm.