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Organic Seed Alliance Research Farm

We conduct organic variety trials, seed production and plant breeding on two acres in Chimacum, Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula focused on selecting and improving vegetable varieties for organic systems.

Port Townsend Washington United States
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About the Farm:

The farm is tucked into a corner of the Finnriver Orchard, sharing a field with other growers producing grains, flower seed, medicinal herbs, and fruit. We are currently working on a handful of breeding projects including carrots for flavor and disease resistance, red cabbages for storage quality and flavor, sweet corn for flavor and adaptability to our short season, red cipollini onions for storage, purple sprouting broccoli, and bolt resistance in chard. We host educational events including an annual field day where the public is invited to see the results of our breeding work and trials, and plant breeding workshops for farmers interested in seed production or breeding. In the spring we are primarily seeding and transplanting, in the summer we tend the crops and host workshops, and in the fall we collect seeds and data and host more events and workshops. We can see the Olympics from our fields on a clear day, and are about an hour drive from the Olympic National Park and an hour and half to Seattle.

Seed Crops Grown :
chard, cabbage, carrots, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, onion, spinach, sweet corn, phacelia, buckwheat, sunflower, zinnia, marigold, blanket flower, tulsi
Other Crops :
Vegetables, Bees/Honey
Other Farm Activities :
Greenhouse management

About the Internship

Accepting Interns
General Expectations and work flow :

The primary responsibility of this position is to support daily field operations at the OSA Washington research farm at the Finnriver Orchard and Cidery in Chimacum, WA, and on-farm research sites in WA. Interns will work with both the OSA NW Region Research and Education Associate, Laurie McKenzie and the NW Research Field Assistant, Katie Miller for job oversight and day to day activities. In addition to the wage compensation this position will receive hands on education in plant breeding, variety trials, and seed production, including at least three field trips throughout the season to other seed production farms. The intern will be expected to participate in an online seed production course, spending time outside of work hours to read, reflect, and complete assignments. Hours are flexible and will be determined upon hiring.

Responsibilities and Scope of Work (including but not limited to):
• Assist with daily field needs such as seeding, planting, pollinating, irrigation, fertilization and weeding
• Help maintain daily documentation of field activities on Google Docs
• Assist in record keeping and documentation of supplies, seed sources, field activities, and other activities relevant to maintaining
organic certification
• Assist with harvest, cleaning, germination testing, tracking, and storage of seed produced at the OSA research farm and collaborating
• Work with NW Research Field Manager and R&E Associate to enter and summarize trial data
• Participate in and support outreach and educational activities both on and off the farm
• Assist in additional organizational tasks on an as needed basis in the office

Please send a resume and one-page letter of inquiry to Your letter should address your prior experience in farming and seed work and share why you are interested in pursuing this internship position. We will begin contacting applicants and conducting interviews in the first week of March 2020.

On-farm training :

• Variety trial design, implementation, and evaluation
• Hand pollinations
• Plant breeding basics
• Hand and small-scale seed production, harvest, and processing (cleaning)
• Field Trips to other seed farms

Compensation, Accommodations and amenities provided :

No housing provided
Farm grown vegetables available during harvest cycle.

Preferred start date :
April 15, 2019
Preferred length of internship :
6 months month
Willing to host a spanish speaking intern? :
No  - Some Spanish speaking staff available, but intern would need to be able to communicate in English on daily basis.