Apprenticeships and Employment at Rainshadow

Position Overview

Rainshadow Organics accepts apprentices for a six month farm intensive educational experience. Our apprenticeship begins May 1st and ends October 31st.

Interns and Apprentices are required to live on the farm for the duration of the seven month position. We provide seasonal on-farm housing. Interns/apprentices have access to all veggies, meats, eggs, dairy, and grains they will need during their internship/apprenticeship. They will have access to our commercial kitchen for cooking personal meals. The kitchen is fully stocked with all cookware and other staple food items.

Interns and apprentices will receive a monthly stipend which will be discussed during the interview process.

Responsibilities and Training Schedule

Apprentices train Monday through Friday between 7-10 hours per day.

In the morning we train as a team, planting, prepping beds, weeding, harvesting, processing chickens, cleaning manure, training tomatoes, managing pests, building irrigation systems, laying out drip lines, washing and packing produce, packing meat for market, harvesting lettuce mix, etc.…

Afternoons are more flexible.  We take a long lunch break/siesta—two to three hours —and start again around 4pm and work until 7, which is very nice on hot summer days.  Apprentices often use their afternoon break to dip in the farm swimming pond or nearby river, run errands in town, or find a shady spot to rest. We take turns going to farmers’ market and working independently on projects. 

One apprentices rotate through the commercial kitchen, for an average of one week per month. They are responsible for making lunch for the crew, assisting our chef,  washing dishes, processing farm items, helping customers in the store, and setting up and cleaning. The farm store and kitchen is an important element of the farm and potential apprentices must be willing and excited to cook and participate in food preservation.

Alumni Reviews

“I’ve been at Rainshadow for two full seasons. My first year I was an apprentice, and my second year I was a full-time employee. I know I can speak for the many people who have come to learn from Rainshadow, that this place and these people, this land and all forms of life who inhabit it – WILL change your life. It will change the way you think about food, the way you relate to the Earth and all of the beings you share it with, you will gain a lifetime’s worth of handy skills, you will fine tune your senses, you will tap into your power and your unique gifts, you will be inspired, and empowered. The educational experience provided at Rainshadow is unparalleled. It is deep and dirty, challenging and beautiful, and all around a great time. Thanks to my experience here, I am able to leave here with the tools necessary to start a farm of my own. Organic farming is the revolution we need in the world, and we need more people doing it. Sarahlee and the rest of the farm crew are incredible people, and incredible at what they do. Passion, drive, and stoke is what Rainshadow runs on, and best believe we pour that in our cups daily, with a lil bit of honey.” –Christine Boyle

“Farming at Rainshadow has been one of the most profound experiences of my life, it has nurtured me to start a farm. Talk about exploring the multiverse of agriculture, this land offers to expand your learning on what it takes to operate a regenerative full-diet, farm-to-table, farm. This experience isn’t for the light hearted, you will work harder than you ever have before, mistakes will be made, you will feel very challenged, and the reward is an unimaginable amount of knowledge, empowerment, understanding of ones self, how to communicate, and be embraced by a big farm-family.

I have gained the confidence and knowledge to start my own farm operation. I came to this land knowing very little about farming, but I had a strong ambition to learn what it takes to nurture the land to produce food for a community.. Learning from Sarahlee, I have been pushed hard and challenged, empowered, and given the safe space to ask anything, and find opportunities to make my ideas a reality. In fact Sarah will always encourage new farmers to explore their ideas, and find ways to help make them work. I am leaving this farm with more than I ever could have asked for and a family to be supported by.” — Adam Lavender

“I recall the 1st time I read about Rainshadow Organics down in Texas. Seeing photos of the 25acre fields and greenhouses fueled the fire I needed to began my farm journey in Oregon. After speaking to Sarahlee, we both agreed Rainshadow provided all the tools I needed to learn how to grow crops and manage a thriving operating farm. Once arriving with a narrow minded outlook toward farming, Sarahlee and the Rainshadow team provided extensive information and teachings about farm to table concepts and managing a operational farm. The learning and hardwork Rainshadow provides builds character and gives future farms the exact training needed to one day operate their own farm. I love Rainshadow Organics.” –Christopher Fields

“As an apprentice at Rainshadow Organics I found the space to be curious again. I also learned to be comfortable being sore, but happy to be doing what I love. I met some of the most fascinating people in my life, and made friends that feel like family. Throughout the program I was challenged in many ways and I will always appreciate Sarahlee and her family for providing the opportunity to live and learn with them. The food they’re growing teems with diversity and I’m always excited to see how the farm is levelling up from season to season. I would highly recommend the apprenticeship program at Rainshadow to beginning farmers and those looking for a place to expand their agricultural proficiency!” –Nick Cremona

Qualifications

  • Interns/apprentices should come to Rainshadow Organics with a deep desire to learn the integrated systems and operations of a full-diet, certified organic farm. We expect interns/apprentices to maintain a positive attitude and actively contribute to our workplace/learning environment.
  • Interns/apprentices should be physically fit, able to life up to 50 lbs, and be on their feet for multiple hours during the day.
  • Apprentices must have previously completed an internship with RFC or have two full seasons of farming experience.
  • We expect a full-season commitment from everyone, with an optional second year to be discussed.