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Singing Frogs Farm

Name Elizabeth and Paul Kaiser Email [email protected]
    Steward(s) Selected Akolbila –  –
Training Start Date March 26, 2018 Training End Date October 31, 2018
Steward Training Hours per Week 40  
Compensation (Stipend or Wage) Yes If Yes, how much/how often? $250 Food Stipend
 
Non-Monetary Compensation and Estimated Value Housing ($300/mo), Food from Farm ($200/mo), Workshop Tuition ($345), misc. $50/mo
Name of your Workers’ Compensation Carrier BerkeleyNet
Will your Workers’ Compensation policy cover the Steward? No, exempt
Number of Employees at training location 10
Number of Interns/Trainees/Apprentices at training location 1
Annual Revenue $0 to $3 Million
 

[Phase 1]

Phase Name Orientation and Introduction to No-Till Market Gardening
Start Date of Phase March 26, 2018 End Date of Phase April 30, 2018
Primary Supervisor during this phase Paul Kaiser Supervisor Title Owner
Email [email protected] Phone Number 707-536-7171
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Responsibly carry out activities as instructed by host; keep a daily work journal detailing farm activities; contribute to well-being of other interns and hosts by helping to maintain a clean household and workplace.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

1. Learn our no-till methodology both theoretically and practically with as many different crops as possible. Work with as many different crew members as possible to gain their perspectives.
2. Provide support to farm crew in daily activities including: nursery management, seeding, direct seeding, bed clearing, bed preparation, harvest, and post-harvest handling.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Steward is under ultimate supervision of farm owners Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser. As the farm owners are often not in the field, steward will additionally be under the supervision of our farm managers and full time employees Rose, Katie and Jeremy. A daily to-do list is created in collaboration between the Kaisers and farm managers. Daily meetings at commencement of day and often at lunch will flush out details and answer questions.

Support and evaluations are ongoing, and steward will meet with owners every other week to discuss performance, ask questions, and establish learning goals.
To facilitate this process, steward will keep a daily journal outlining what has been accomplished each day, along with comments and suggestions.

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

Local events in North Bay and Bay Area
Trips to Coast and Redwoods in vicinity
Farm Festivals including Farmers’ Guild meetings

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

Understanding of why we do what we do.
Become acquainted with and practice skills of no-till, intensive vegetable production including nursery management, seeding, direct seeding, bed clearing, bed preparation, harvest, and post-harvest handling.

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

Steward will participate in our intensive workshop: Learn to Farm the Singing Frogs Farm Way.
Steward will work with farm crew on a daily basis with ability to check in with farm owners daily. A daily to-do list is created in collaboration between the Kaisers and farm managers. Daily meetings at commencement of day and often at lunch will flush out details and answer questions. Steward will meet one-on-one with farm owners every-other-week to discuss performance, ask questions and establish learning goals.

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

Steward is under ultimate supervision of farm owners Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser. As the farm owners are often not in the field, steward will additionally be under the supervision of our farm managers and full time employees Rose, Katie and Jeremy.

Support and evaluations are ongoing, and steward will meet with owners every other week to discuss performance, ask questions, and establish learning goals. To facilitate this process, steward will keep a daily journal outlining what has been accomplished each day, along with comments and suggestions.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 2]

Phase Name Full Integration into Farm Operations
Start Date of Phase April 30, 2018 End Date of Phase July 31, 2018
Primary Supervisor during this phase Paul Kaiser Supervisor Title Owner
Email [email protected] Phone Number 707-536-7171
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Responsibly carry out activities as instructed by host; keep a daily work journal detailing farm activities, questions and observations; contribute to well-being of farm crew and hosts by helping to maintain a clean household and workplace.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

1. Deepen understanding of our no-till methodology with as many different crops as possible. Work with as many different crew members as possible to gain their perspectives.
2. Work with farm crew and increase competency of basic skills of no-till, intensive vegetable production in our setting. Work with farm crew in daily activities including: nursery management, seeding, direct seeding, bed clearing, bed preparation, harvest, post-harvest handling.
3. Additionally steward and farm owners may designate additional duties based on steward’s areas of interest which may include: marketing, no-till bed creation, property management, hedgerow management, or other.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Steward is under ultimate supervision of farm owners Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser. As the farm owners are often not in the field, steward will additionally be under the supervision of our farm managers and full time employees Rose, Katie and Jeremy. A daily to-do list is created in collaboration between the Kaisers and farm managers. Daily meetings at commencement of day and often at lunch will flush out details and answer questions.

Support and evaluations are ongoing, and steward will meet with owners every other week to discuss performance, ask questions, and establish learning goals.
To facilitate this process, steward will keep a daily journal outlining what has been accomplished each day, along with comments and suggestions.

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

Local events in North Bay and Bay Area
Trips to Coast and Redwoods in vicinity
Farm Festivals including Farmers’ Guild meetings

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

1. Deepen understanding of our no-till methodology with as many different crops as possible. Work with as many different crew members as possible to gain their perspectives.
2. Increase competency of basic skills of no-till, intensive vegetable production including nursery management, seeding, direct seeding, bed clearing, bed preparation, harvest, and post-harvest handling.
3. Additionally steward and farm owners may designate additional learning opportunities based on steward’s areas of interest which may include: marketing, no-till bed creation, property management, hedgerow management, or other.

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

Steward will work with farm crew on a daily basis with ability to check in with farm owners daily. A daily to-do list is created in collaboration between the Kaisers and farm managers. Daily meetings at commencement of day and often at lunch will flush out details and answer questions. Steward will meet one-on-one with farm owners every-other-week to discuss performance, ask questions and establish learning goals.

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

Steward is under ultimate supervision of farm owners Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser. As the farm owners are often not in the field, steward will additionally be under the supervision of our farm managers and full time employees Rose, Katie and Jeremy.

Support and evaluations are ongoing, and steward will meet with owners every other week to discuss performance, ask questions, and establish learning goals. To facilitate this process, steward will keep a daily journal outlining what has been accomplished each day, along with comments and suggestions.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 3]

Phase Name Full Integration into Farm Operations PLUS
Start Date of Phase July 31, 2018 End Date of Phase October 31, 2018
Primary Supervisor during this phase Paul Kaiser Supervisor Title Owner
Email [email protected] Phone Number 707-536-7171
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Responsibly carry out activities as instructed by host; keep a daily work journal detailing farm activities, questions and observations; contribute to well-being of farm crew and hosts by helping to maintain a clean household and workplace.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

1. Deepen understanding of our no-till methodology with as many different crops as possible. Work with as many different crew members as possible to gain their perspectives.
2. Work with farm crew and increase mastery of basic skills of no-till, intensive vegetable production in our setting. Work with farm crew in daily activities including: nursery management, seeding, direct seeding, bed clearing, bed preparation, harvest, post-harvest handling.
3. With preparation for autumn and winter farming crops, gain knowledge of new season within the same no-till, intensive vegetable production model.
4. Additionally steward and farm owners may designate additional duties based on steward’s areas of interest which may include: marketing, no-till bed creation, property management, hedgerow management, or other.
5. Additionally, steward may choose to take on a project of his or her own with approval and guidance of farm owners.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Steward is under ultimate supervision of farm owners Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser. As the farm owners are often not in the field, steward will additionally be under the supervision of our farm managers and full time employees Rose, Katie and Jeremy. A daily to-do list is created in collaboration between the Kaisers and farm managers. Daily meetings at commencement of day and often at lunch will flush out details and answer questions.

Support and evaluations are ongoing, and steward will meet with owners every other week to discuss performance, ask questions, and establish learning goals.
To facilitate this process, steward will keep a daily journal outlining what has been accomplished each day, along with comments and suggestions.

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

Local events in North Bay and Bay Area
Trips to Coast and Redwoods in vicinity
Farm Festivals including Farmers’ Guild meetings, Heirloom Expo (in September)

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

1. Deepen understanding of our no-till methodology with as many different crops as possible. Work with as many different crew members as possible to gain their perspectives.
2. Carry out and increase mastery of basic skills of no-till, intensive vegetable production in our setting. Work with farm crew in daily activities including: nursery management, seeding, direct seeding, bed clearing, bed preparation, harvest, post-harvest handling.
3. With preparation for autumn and winter farming crops, gain knowledge of new season within the same no-till, intensive vegetable production model.
4. Additionally steward and farm owners may designate additional duties based on steward’s areas of interest which may include: marketing, no-till bed creation, property management, hedgerow management, or other.
5. Additionally, steward may choose to take on a project of his or her own with approval and guidance of farm owners.

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

Steward will participate in our intensive workshop: Learn to Farm the Singing Frogs Farm Way.
Steward will work with farm crew on a daily basis with ability to check in with farm owners daily. A daily to-do list is created in collaboration between the Kaisers and farm managers. Daily meetings at commencement of day and often at lunch will flush out details and answer questions. Steward will meet one-on-one with farm owners every-other-week to discuss performance, ask questions and establish learning goals.

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

Steward is under ultimate supervision of farm owners Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser. As the farm owners are often not in the field, steward will additionally be under the supervision of our farm managers and full time employees Rose, Katie and Jeremy.

Support and evaluations are ongoing, and steward will meet with owners every other week to discuss performance, ask questions, and establish learning goals. To facilitate this process, steward will keep a daily journal outlining what has been accomplished each day, along with comments and suggestions.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)