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Sunfield Farm and School

Biodynamic Farm and Waldorf School on the Olympic Peninsula. Thriving farm and agri-tourism area. Farm is certified Biodynamic and highly diversified. Focus is roughly half education and half production.

Port Hadlock Washington United States
Website :
http://www.sunfieldfarm.org
Blog, Online Newsletter, etc. :
Public Contact Information:
esullivan@sunfieldfarm.org

About the Farm:

Sunfield is an 81 acre diversified biodynamic farm on the NorthEast Corner of the Olympic Peninsula (The NorthWest Corner of the United States). The climate is maritime and temperate. There is a Waldorf grade and middle school on site. The farm is comprised of 5 acre school campus, 42 acre fields and pasture, 8 acres wetlands, and 26 acres forest.
We grow about an acre of annuals every year for produce and seed production. 1 acre of young apples trees, 1 acre of young hazelnuts, 1 acre of young blueberries and raspberries for a u-pick. More orchards, windbreaks, and wetland plantings are consistently planned and executed every year. Hay production. Rotation grazing with beef cattle, fiber sheep, dairy goats, laying hens (and a milk cow is coming soon!). The farm follows the principles of Biodynamic Agriculture informed by Rudolf Steiner.
The Waldorf School is heavily integrated with the farm, and an interest in environmental education is encouraged.
We are in a very active and thriving farming community, and the national park is very close by. Extra curricular activities abound.

Seed Crops Grown :
Small Scale Grain for on farm use, various vegetable crops, various vegetable crops, various vegetable crops, various flower crops
Other Crops :
Vegetables, Herbs, Flowers, Berries, Tree crops, Grain, Cattle, Sheep, Poultry, Bees/Honey, Fiber, Basketry Willow
Other Farm Activities :
Agri-tourism, Composting, CSA management, Direct marketing, Farm machinery, Farm carpentry, Greenhouse management, Meat slaughter/processing, Timber management, Value-added products

About the Internship

Status:
Accepting Interns
General Expectations and work flow :

Interns will be involved in all aspects of the farm. This includes propagation of vegetable starts, transplanting, weeding, and harvesting vegetable crops. Planting and tending orchards, hedgerows, berries are a large part of the learning experience. Animal husbandry is a major aspect of the internship, which includes managing cattle, goats, sheep, and chickens. Alongside these farm responsibilities, we also host educational programs and community festivals on our land.

Skills Desired: We only require a desire to learn and work hard. Enthusiasm is greatly appreciated. Applicants must be physically able and healthy.

Work Schedule: Interns work 4 days a week, and spend an additional half day focused on education. We share simple animal chores on off days as well.

On-farm training :

Educational Opportunities: Education is a primary focus at Sunfield Farm, and we are committed to providing a holistic balance of education and work experience for all interns. Once a week we will have “class time” course curriculum below. Please come with an openness to Biodynamic Agriculture.

Sample
April Through October Course Schedule

April
Winter Animal Management
Seed Starting
Farm Implements
Biodynamics: The Farm Individuality

May
Rotational Grazing
Agroforestry
Farm Field Trip
Creating a Holistic Context

June
Fence
Hay Production
Fiber 101
The Biodynamic Preparations

July
Farm Field Trip
Small Scale Seed Production
Putting Milk By: butter, cheese, kefir, yogurt
Biodynamics: Working in Rhythm

August:
Biodynamics: The Farm Individuality
Nutrition and Fermentation
Farmer Building 101
Tamanowas Rock Hike

September
Anthroposophy: From Inner Life to Outer Cosmos
Farm Field Trip
The Woods
Holistic Management Intensive

October
Waldorf Education
Orchard Care
Farm Field Trip
Candle Making

Compensation, Accommodations and amenities provided :

Meals: Interns have free access to the fruits, vegetables, milk, and eggs from the farm.

Stipend: 200 dollars per month.

Housing: Multiple rustic trailers and tiny homes are available for interns on the farm. Intern kitchen space available. Shower and laundry available in the farm house.

Preferred start date :
April 1, 2020
Preferred length of internship :
7-12 Months month
Willing to host a spanish speaking intern? :
Yes  - The Farmer speaks fluent Spanish