You do not need to be associated with Washington State University to apply to the FIELD Program. All FIELD interns must be able to attend a minimum of one trimester (3 continuous months) and possess valid health insurance. Applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree, who are currently enrolled in a graduate program, or who can demonstrate equivalent qualifications will be preferred.
How to Apply
First Step – Research the program, host farms & requirements
Identify the host farm you would like to work with. Research the participating host farms to see which engage in the activities in which you are most interested. Once you find a farm that interests you, contact the mentor farmer to gather more information about their farm and see if there are still FIELD positions available on their farm.
Second Step – Secure a host farm
Once you have identified which farm you would like to work with, contact the farm mentor, to set up an interview. Most farmers will require an interview over the phone or via a farm visit before making a commitment to an intern. If you are already working with a farm is not involved with the FIELD program, ask if he/she would like to participate. All farms in Jefferson County are welcome to participate.
Third Step – Submit a FIELD REGISTRATION FORM
Only after your application has been received and reviewed will you have a guaranteed place in the FIELD program.
Completed applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
WSU Jefferson County Extension
ATTN: FIELD Program
380 Jefferson Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
For more information about becoming a host farm, please visit For Host Farms.
2017 Host Farms
Finnriver Farm and Orchard
Finnriver Farm is a diverse 33-acre organic farm in Chimacum. The land is also home to Finnriver Cidery, a winery producing handcrafted hard ciders and fruit wines. This internship focuses on the farming side of the operation. The farm grows mixed berries (primarily blueberries) and vegetables, tree fruit, chickens, ducks, and pigs. Finnriver Farm vends at the Jefferson County farmers markets, local groceries, restaurants and from the farm. Finnriver Farm and Cidery is certified salmon safe and is committed to wise land stewardship through organic agriculture, conservation easements, habitat restoration and community outreach. Please check with the farmers about intern arrangements and details.
Farmer Mentor Contact:
Janet Aubin & Jeff Horwath
Farm Managers, Finnriver Farm & Cidery
Mystery Bay Farm
Mystery Bay Farm is a small, family run goat dairy on Marrowstone Island in Washington State. We are currently seeking an apprentice for the 2016 season- beginning in February thru the end of November. We have a 5-acre homestead which hosts, along with the dairy, a large garden, fruit trees, bees, a wood fired cob oven, alternative energy systems and alternative building projects. The dairy milks 20 Alpine dairy goats and makes fresh, pasteurized cheese and yogurt. We feed our goats on pasture using an intensive rotational grazing system and with grass hay that we cut here on the island.
Farmer Mentor Contact:
Rachael van Laanen and Scott Brinton
email@example.com or mail to PO Box 285, Nordland, WA 98358