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Seed to Table Farm

Name Audrey Tehan Email [email protected]
    Steward(s) Selected –  –
Training Start Date April 5, 2020 Training End Date October 31, 2020
Steward Training Hours per Week 40  
Compensation (Stipend or Wage) Yes If Yes, how much/how often? $500/month
 
Non-Monetary Compensation and Estimated Value Housing and Utilities= $500/month . Food= $350/ month . Insurance = $65/month
Name of your Workers’ Compensation Carrier SAIF
Will your Workers’ Compensation policy cover the Steward? Yes
Number of Employees at training location 6
Number of Interns/Trainees/Apprentices at training location 2
Annual Revenue $0 to $3 Million
 

[Phase 1]

Phase Name Spring Orientation
Start Date of Phase April 5, 2020 End Date of Phase June 30, 2020
Primary Supervisor during this phase Audrey Tehan and Madeline Steene Supervisor Title Farm Director and Assistant Farm Director
Email [email protected] and [email protected] Phone Number 5414809039
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

To become familiar with planting, cultivating, propagation and temperature control on the farm.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

Stewards will have a basic understanding of how to:
Make compost
Prepare topsoil/primary tillage for vegetables
Prepare seed bed/secondary tillage for vegetables
Make special soil mixes
Transplant and direct seed vegetables
Propogate and graft vegetables
Utilize proper techniques/safety for hand tools for vegetables
How to engage the community on a farm
Large tool safety orientation
Control temperatures of greenhouses and manage season extension techniques

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Audrey Tehan founded the Seed to Table program in 2013. Audrey was born and raised in Sisters and comes from a family of ranchers and farmers. Growing food using practices that sustain both our natural resources and our community have always been an important aspect of Audrey’s life. After high school, she worked on multiple organic farms in the US and abroad. She graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in Environmental Studies, focusing on Politics and Conservation Biology. Audrey has been training interns for the past seven years on Seed to Table Farm. Interns/ stewards have gone on to manage small farms, community gardening programs, non profits and many more organizations.

Inolving kids in education beyond the classroom has also been at the forefront of Audrey’s focus as she has worked with kids and adults in experiential education for the past 12 years. Audrey’s studies and farming experiences reinforced her belief that being involved in growing food can be a pathway to living long, healthy lives and connecting with those around us. Audrey is passionate about the Sisters community and has had a life long aspiration to start the Seed to Table Farm in Sisters. She is excited to be serving her community in this way, and looks forward to connecting with you across a row of veggies in the garden!

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

Family dinner will be held once a week to help incorporate the stewards into the family life of the owners of Seed to Table Farm. Weekly opportunities will be available for the steward to join the farm crew in music and dance held a 10-minute bike ride from the farm in the local town. The Sisters Rodeo is held the second weekend in June and the steward will be given tickets to attend with the farm staff.

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

Make compost
Prepare topsoil/primary tillage for vegetables
Prepare seedbed/secondary tillage for vegetables
Make special soil mixes
Transplant and direct seed vegetables
Propagate and graft vegetables
Utilize proper techniques/safety for hand tools for vegetables
How to engage the community on a farm
Large tool safety orientation

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

In the field training will be complemented with the following on-farm- in classroom lessons given by agricultural professionals:
Introduction to Horticulture (April 23rd).
Animal Husbandry ( May 6th)
Weed Management (May 18th)
Greenhouse and Propagation (May 30st)

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

We have a comprehensive training manual and skill assessment worksheet. Skill assessment will be completed at the end of each phase.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 2]

Phase Name Produce Harvest and Handling
Start Date of Phase June 30, 2020 End Date of Phase August 31, 2020
Primary Supervisor during this phase Audrey Tehan and Madeline Steene Supervisor Title Farm Director and Assistant Director
Email [email protected] Phone Number 5414809039
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

To learn and engage in produce harvesting, washing and packing.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

To learn the following skills:
Harvesting techniques
Safe washing and handling techniques
Test soils and determine fertility needs for vegetables
Keep records for vegetables
Apply accurate supplemental fertilizer for vegetables
Pollinating for vegetables and greenhouse
Assist in marketing and sales of vegetables
Assist in transportation/distribution for vegetables
Develop community outreach strategies

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Audrey Tehan founded the Seed to Table program in 2013. Audrey was born and raised in Sisters and comes from a family of ranchers and farmers. Growing food using practices that sustain both our natural resources and our community has always been an important aspect of Audrey’s life. After high school, she worked on multiple organic farms in the US and abroad. She graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in Environmental Studies, focusing on Politics and Conservation Biology. Audrey has been training interns for the past seven years on Seed to Table Farm. Interns/ stewards have gone on to manage small farms, community gardening programs, nonprofits and many more organizations.

Involving kids in education beyond the classroom has also been at the forefront of Audrey’s focus as she has worked with kids and adults in experiential education for the past 12 years. Audrey’s studies and farming experiences reinforced her belief that being involved in growing food can be a pathway to living long, healthy lives and connecting with those around us. Audrey is passionate about the Sisters community and has had a lifelong aspiration to start the Seed to Table Farm in Sisters. She is excited to be serving her community in this way, and looks forward to connecting with you across a row of veggies in the garden!

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

Family dinner will be held once a week to help incorporate the stewards into the family life of the owners of Seed to Table Farm. Weekly opportunities will be available for the steward to join the farm crew in music and dance held a 10-minute bike ride from the farm in the local town. The community farming network holds monthly dinners that the steward will be invited to join in.

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

Harvesting techniques
Safe washing and handling techniques
Test soils and determine fertility needs for vegetables
Keep records for vegetables
Apply accurate supplemental fertilizer for vegetables
Pollinating for vegetables and greenhouse
Assist in marketing and sales of vegetables
Assist in transportation/distribution for vegetables
Develop community outreach strategies

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

In the field training will be complemented with the following on-farm- in classroom lessons given by agricultural professionals:
Bees 101 (July 2)
Fertility Management (July 2)
Food Safety/Post-harvest handling (July 30)
Food and Farm Advocacy (July 30)
Tractor and Field Management (August 15th)
Irrigation Systems (August 15th)
Conservation Agriculture (August 30th)

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

We have a comprehensive training manual and skill assessment worksheet. Skill assessment will be completed at the end of each phase.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 3]

Phase Name Advanced Topics and Skill Development
Start Date of Phase August 31, 2020 End Date of Phase October 31, 2020
Primary Supervisor during this phase Audrey Tehan Supervisor Title Farm Director
Email [email protected] Phone Number 5414809039
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

To continue to develop the skills that have been built upon in the previous phases.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

Utilize cover cropping and green manure for vegetables
Test soils and determine fertility needs for vegetables
Understanding of subsoiling for vegetables
Use tools properly and efficiently for vegetables
Seed Saving and cleaning for vegetables
Understand/design cropping sequences for vegetables
Understand marketable interplanting techniques & combinations
Understand enterprise planning and niche marketing for vegetables
Design curriculum for field trips

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Audrey Tehan founded the Seed to Table program in 2013. Audrey was born and raised in Sisters and comes from a family of ranchers and farmers. Growing food using practices that sustain both our natural resources and our community have always been an important aspect of Audrey’s life. After high school, she worked on multiple organic farms in the US and abroad. She graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in Environmental Studies, focusing on Politics and Conservation Biology. Audrey has been training interns for the past seven years on Seed to Table Farm. Interns/ stewards have gone on to manage small farms, community gardening programs, nonprofits and many more organizations.

Involving kids in education beyond the classroom has also been at the forefront of Audrey’s focus as she has worked with kids and adults in experiential education for the past 12 years. Audrey’s studies and farming experiences reinforced her belief that being involved in growing food can be a pathway to living long, healthy lives and connecting with those around us. Audrey is passionate about the Sisters community and has had a lifelong aspiration to start the Seed to Table Farm in Sisters. She is excited to be serving her community in this way, and looks forward to connecting with you across a row of veggies in the garden!

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

Family dinner will be held once a week to help incorporate the stewards into the family life of the owners of Seed to Table Farm. Weekly opportunities will be available for the steward to join the farm crew in music and dance held a 10-minute bike ride from the farm in the local town.

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

Utilize cover cropping and green manure for vegetables
Test soils and determine fertility needs for vegetables
Understanding of subsoiling for vegetables
Use tools properly and efficiently for vegetables
Seed Saving and cleaning for vegetables
Understand/design cropping sequences for vegetables
Understand marketable interplanting techniques & combinations
Understand enterprise planning and niche marketing for vegetables
Design curriculum for field trips
Calculate spacing and quantities for vegetables
Demonstrate proper weeding and pruning techniques for vegetables
Judge the water needs & perform watering for vegetables
Utlize shading and freeze protection for vegetables
Identify weeds for vegetables
Identifty pests for vegetables
Identify disease in vegetables
Judge readiness & perform harvesting for vegetables
Demonstate methods to control weeds for vegetables
Demonstrate methods to control pests for vegetables
Demonstrate methods to control disease for vegetables
Utilize strategies for season extension for vegetables
Understand site planning, systems design, and how it relates to veg.
Perform post-harvest handling and food safety for vegetables
Manage students on the farm
Develop community involvement strategies
Understanding of non-profit farm management

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

In the field training will be complemented with the following on-farm- in classroom lessons given by agricultural professionals:
Seed Saving (September 15th)
Farm Business 101 (September 15)
Intensive Market Gardening (September 23)
Holistic Farm Management (September 23)
Irrigation Systems (September 30)

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

We have a comprehensive training manual and skill assessment worksheet. Skill assessment will be completed at the end of each phase.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)