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Western SARE Internship Handbook

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On Pasture readers have asked for  information on how they can get started with interns for their farms or ranches. It’s a big topic that requires more than one article. So we’re going to ask for help from our readers as well. If you have experience with interns and apprentices and would like to share it as an article with your On Pasture community, drop me a note. We’ll work with you to get your experience out there.

Click to visit the Rogue Farm Corps website.

Rogue Farm Corps is a non-profit organization providing on-farm training for beginning farmers and ranchers in Oregon. Their internship and apprenticeship programs are designed to train the next generation of farmers and ranchers through a structured, educational framework that includes on-farm training, classes, farm tours, discussion groups, and independent projects. Rogue Farm Corps assists farmers and ranchers in their program by advertising of positions, screening applicants, providing classroom training and ensuring that all labor and employment laws and standards are met.

Click to download a copy of the Handbook

Realizing that not every farm and ranch might have access to a program like this, several years ago Rogue Farm Corps received a western SARE grant to put together a Farm Internship Handbook to help producers who want to work with interns or who already have an internship program and are looking for ideas to improve it. The 10 page booklet covers:

• how to select an intern, including sample interview questions;

• creating successful relationships with interns using techniques for communicating well, providing a diversity of tasks, teaching tasks, ensuring that interns have context for why you’re doing what you’re doing, and that they have their basic needs covered;

• Development of  your own farm policy so that interns have clear guidelines for time management, meals, time off, visitors, and more.

If you’re looking for places to work with or advertise your internships, the handbook provides these connections.

ATTRA
Grow Food
Idealist
Sustainable Food Jobs
Beginning Farmers
The Greenhorns Blog

To this list I’ll add the Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program. If you know of other organizations or programs, do share them below.

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

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