Essential Blooms is primarily a wholesale flower seed company located on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. Our specialty is Spencer Sweet Pea seeds for cut flower market.
Port Townsend Washington United States
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Public Contact Information:Denise
About the Farm:
Essential Blooms LLC (EB) is a small organic flower seed company In Chimacum, WA. The region is full of lovely wilderness areas and locally produced food and drink. There are lots of local water and hiking and activities. The field portion of your internship will only take up two to three days of your week so you are free to take another job or explore the surrounding area. Your weekends will be your own.
Our company provides wholesale seed to three specialty companies, which we consider partners not just clients. Our climate is temperate affected by coastal weather patterns. We do grow some cut flowers for the design portion of our business that you may get involved in. Cut flowers are provided by our large gardens and seed isolation properties. Our seeds are hand picked for quality and maximum production. EB is a partnership LLC, but primary operations, production and planning are conducted by me (Denise Pranger). Our largest property is a leased acre at the Finnriver Orchard and public tasting facility. Our neighbors are the Organic Seed Alliance Northwest Research Farm so the farm is very lively with people and activities.
Our goals for the farm are having fun, working with wonderful people and making a small farm model work for seed. We are USDA certified organic as well as no-till and ready to experiment with new cover crop mixes. While seeds take up most of our time, cut flowers are a passion that we share with local flower farmer in the form of flower festivals and "Flowers as Art displays."
Seed Crops Grown :Sweet Peas, Aster, Strawflower, Poppy, Calendula, Nigella,
Other Crops :Flowers
Other Farm Activities :Agri-tourism, Greenhouse management, Value-added products
About the Internship
General Expectations and work flow :
The field portion of the internship will be 2-3 days a week starting in August and ending October 31st. There will be another internship offered in the spring of 2020 so you could experience the planning and planting portion of our farm. You will have lots of supervision and lots of time to ask questions of the business owner (me/Denise). Most of the work will be hand labor and non-mechanical seed cleaning and drying methods. You will need a car to get to the farm and the seed cleaning facility. If you are interested the flower design work we will make that available to you as well. See more photos and info on this video signed for you. https://video214.com/play/V8PXTLwc18ct0kaQmZH9ug/s/dark
On-farm training :
You will be learn seed harvesting, seed cleaning, data management for 10 different flower corps. You will gain an understanding about what it takes to run a small farm and make money at it.
Compensation, Accommodations and amenities provided :
You will need to provide for your own board and lodging. We can provide you with a number of connections to local folks that work in the farm community. You will receive a stipend of $700 a month. We can provide an abundance of fresh produce to supplement your food budget. You will be working with a team of at least 3 people through out the internship.