Kitsap Farm Internship Program
The Kitsap Farm Internship Program provides a multidisciplinary study into sustainable agriculture. Developed by farmers and the WSU Extension offices in Kitsap and Jefferson Counties, the program combines formal instruction with a field-based internship on a Kitsap County farm.
Each participant in the program is paired with a host farm mentor who provides the intern with comprehensive instruction in the operations of their farm. Farm-based learning is supplemented by monthly intensive workshops in topics such as livestock systems, soil management, seed systems and pasture management.
Formal instruction is provided by each farmer mentor and WSU specialists. The collaborative curriculum helps to build a community of practice for interns as each participating farmer mentor will provide formal instruction to the whole group of participating interns. 2016 Kitsap Farm Internship Curriculum.
Individual Learning Plans
Each intern works with their farm mentor to develop an individual learning plan that guides their course of study during the program.
All individual learning plans include:
Daily hands-on farm work reinforces newly learned farming practices. This guided farm work places emphasize on the practices of sustainable agriculture, including business planning, integration of annual and perennial crops, animal production, soil health, annual and perennial crop production, weed and pest control, and harvesting, processing, and marketing.
Monthly group instruction periods are taught by teams of farmers and specialists focusing on seasonal and farm specific competencies. Instruction sessions are followed by opportunities to observe, practice, and internalize the material in the farm or field setting.
2016 Instructional Team
- Andy Bary, WSU, Composting and Soil Science
- Dr. Chris Benedict, WSU, Cover crops and soil science
- Dr. Doug Collins, WSU, Soil Science
- Marilyn Holt, Abundantly Green Farm
- Nikki Johanson, Pheasant Field Farm
- Dr. Susan Kerr, WSU, Regional livestock veterinarian
- Vicky McGarrity, Heyday Farm
- Brian McWhorter, Butler Green Farm
- Tara and Marty Prendergast, Broken Ground Farm
- Rebecca Slattery, Persephone Farm
- Dana Steege-Jackson, Around the Table Farm
- Emily Tzeng, Natural Fiber and Dyes
- Betsey Wittick, Laughing Crow Farm and Bainbridge Vineyards
For more information about the Kitsap Farm Internship program, please contact Kellie Henwood, Regional Small Farms Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360.379.5610 ext. 201.
Interested in being a host farm? Learn more at: Cultivating Success Farmer Mentor Program
Photos from the 2016 Farm Internship Orientation at HeyDay Farm: