Update on 7/16/17:
We have one or two opennings for a very focused apprenticeship starting 8/1/17 (or thereabouts) for individuals who are interested in organic seed production, plant breeding and seed processing and cleaning. Room and Board and a small stipend will accompany this position. Please send a brief essay about why this may be in alignment with your life path and what experience you may already have to
Don Tipping – email -> email@example.com
FULL FOR THIS SEASON
How are you striving to make this planet more kind, compassionate & ecologically harmonious for all beings?
Really? That’s Great!
If you can’t conjure an enthusiastic response, perhaps we can help. We have been offering residential apprenticeships since 1998 highlighting earth skills such as:
• natural farming (seeds, annuals, orchards, sheep, goats, poultry, more)
• homesteading (food preservation, forestry, wool crafts, woodcraft, repair skills)
• Permaculture (food forests, keyline, ponds, swales, polycultures, mapping, patterns)
• Biodynamic agriculture / Anthroposophy
• Rotational Grazing with sheep.goats, pigs and poultry
• Natural History (Botany, geology, wilderness hikes, Traditional Ecological Wisdom, wild fungi)
• Primitive Skills (basketry, butchering, cordage, hide tanning, friction fire, archery)
• Natural Building (Timber framing with poles, cob, strawbale, rocket stoves, more)
• Activism (Restricting GMOs, protecting ancient forests and clean water, being good community)
• Ceremony (honoring the unseen, talking & heart circles, rites of passage)
• Community Living (consensus decision making, active listening, shared responsibility)
• Celebration ( music, fire side stories, feasts, dancing, star gazing and more!)
Seven Seeds Farm, under the leadership of Don Tipping, has established itself as a successful working model of an integrated Permaculture farm.
Our 2017 Apprenticeship opportunity is as follows:
We have two different programs:
• A full season residential work study (March through October)
Application here: 2017 Intern Application
The opportunity to Live, Thrive, Work and Play here at Seven Seeds Farm from March – November. You will contribute an open mind and heart and willingness to participate fully in all farm/homestead tasks (enthusiastically!) 4 days per week. In exchange you will receive:
• Fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, goat milk, eggs, herbs, clean air, pure water, village community
• All Instruction – including the spring Seed Academy course, weekend Permaculture intensives.
• One on one mentoring with Don Tipping (see Bio below), and other farm facillitators
• Field trips to the ocean for seaweed gathering, herbal wildcrafting, natural history/botany hikes, ceremony, festive outings/regional gatherings…we live on the edge of a 200,000 acre ancient forest wild lands.
• Simple Rustic Housing in the tree house, converted school buses (all of which have running water, wood stove and propane stove. The two quaint and artistically compelling buses have electricity too. The tree house has a year round stream flowing almost underneath it!)
• Access to our community barn kitchen and bath house
• Access to our extensive farm library, wifi, land line (we do have cell reception too), laundry room
* A rigorous reading/study list which includes group reading of critical works collectively, with weekly fire circle discussion, in the spirit of John Seed and the council of all beings.
• Inclusion within the wider Williams community that includes hikes, open mic, singing circles, sweats, ceremony, dances, yoga, heart centered gatherings and more.
• A priceless doorway into a world of possibilities that will likely help to establish your life path in alignment with Earth Skills, community and spirit.
What is Expected of You?:
This is an opportunity to embark on a journey of becoming a person of place and re-skilling yourself in order to be relevant and useful where ever you are. If you are just beginning on your path of earth-based living we will help to open many doors towards self discovery and valuable skills and self mastery. You will work with the farm community four days per week (Monday-Thursday) with Friday through Sunday as time for yourself, developing connections, self directed projects, adventures and such.
Applicants need to be enthusiastic about and dedicated to learning, hard working, solution-oriented, and dedicated to functional communication. It is helpful if applicants have some experience in some aspects of the work on the eco-homestead, but it is not required.
We will circle once per week for a heart circle to to help maintain a good feeling amongst us all. You will help with farm tasks, animal chores, homestead maintenance, and event preparation. Some jobs will be challenging and not very glamorous (welcome to the natural world!). A good attitude, humilty and patience go a long way for all of us.
We will work together to help maintain our common spaces as clean, organized, welcoming places for all. Simple attention to the little details like this are quite helpful at averting challenging situations. We ask that you abstain from any substances that may impair performance during work/learning time. Also, smoking shall not take place in public areas. We like to share lunch on the days that we work together, so that we ask that you cook lunch 1 day/week for oneself and others with garden food, basic bulk communal. We order bulk foods that you will have access to, you will provide your own personal ingredients.
Please consider that the combined value of the classes, workshops, mentorship and housing is well over $5,000 and that many former apprentices here have gone on to successful paths in life.
Download our PDF application that has more information and gives a chance to learn about you.
Don Tipping has been offering hands on, practical workshops at Seven Seeds Farm since 1997. We are a small, organic family farm in the Siskiyou Mountains of SW Oregon, situated at 2,000 feet elevation on a 7,000 tall forested mountain with rushing spring fed creeks flowing through the land and nestled among old growth forests.
Here we produce fruits, vegetables, seeds, herbs, wool, eggs, and lamb. The farm has been designed to function as a self-contained, life regenerating organism with waste products being recycled and feeding other elements of the system. Seven Seeds helps to mentor new farmers through internships and workshops. We have produced certified organic vegetable, flower and herb seeds for over a dozen national scale seed companies. Seven Seeds has also been active in USDA Western SARE, Organic Seed Alliance and other seed initiatives to advance the development of open pollinated organic seeds. In 2009 we began Siskiyou Seeds, a bioregional organic seed company operated from the home farm. Don helped to found the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative which manages a 300 share CSA, commercial seed growing, an equipment co-op and internship curriculum among 12 cooperating farms. He also co-founded the Family Farmers Seed Cooperative, a seed grower, marketing and distribution cooperative comprised of 10 western organic farms.
Don helps people focus upon helping people build their skill sets in sustainable life skills such as permaculture, biodynamics, organic gardening, eco-forestry, seed saving and other traditional arts that help to build regenerative culture. He has co taught with a wide group of widely respected people in the both the seed & Permacukture movement including: Tom Ward, Larry Korn, Michael “Skeeter” Pilarski, Bill McDorman, Dennis Martinez, John Navazio, Frank Morton, Harald Hoven, Jude Hobbs, Becky Bee, Rowen White and more.