Dairy farming and small-scale processing are some of the hardest jobs you can take on. They require physical and emotional strength, perseverance, patience, flexibility, good observational skills, love of and respect for animals and ability to maintain routines. You may be required to stay up all night, get up in the dark or otherwise interrupt your sleep to check on animals or cheese. You may have to work outdoors in all kinds of weather, you might get really dirty or even splattered with manure. If you work at a creamery you may be required to interact with the public. For some reason, people do it anyway. The benefits and rewards of dairy farming keep many people going in spite of the hardships. If you'd like to try your hand at it, contact some of the farms below for information about their internships, apprenticeships or employment opportunities.
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OREGONLEARN TO FARM!Rogue Farm Corps’ FarmsNext internship program is a great launching point for you to try out farming for a season. Gain significant real world experience training on a sustainable farm in Oregon. FarmsNext is a full season (6-8 month) entry-level residential internship program. This on-farm experience combines field training with a mentor farmer, classroom learning, tours of local farms, and opportunities for farm-based independent study. No experience necessary. HONE YOUR SKILLS!Are you ready to take your education and training to the next level and kick start your farming career? Our FarmsNOW apprenticeship program will help you learn how to manage and run a sustainable vegetable operation. FarmsNOW is an on-farm program for those with two years of farming experience who are seeking mastery in the art and business of sustainable agriculture. Hands-on training, classes, seminars, and guidance on farm business development will help you gain the skills to plan, design, and run integrated farming systems on your own. Rogue Farm Corps is the only organization in Oregon that offers structured, entry-level and advanced farmer education and training programs rooted in real-world farm businesses. We work with more than 20 host farms located in the Rogue Valley, the Portland Metro Area, the South Willamette Valley, and Central Oregon and offer experiences with vegetable production, animal husbandry, dairy, and more. For complete program descriptions, information on our host farms, and applications, go here.
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