Apprenticeship Applications for the 2019 Farming Season

Application for 2019 are due January 1, 2019

Oz Farm and Retreat Center is hidden in a quiet, private valley on one of the most pristine stretches of the scenic Mendocino County coast, 130 miles north of San Francisco.

Bordered with redwood forest, and with the Garcia River running through its 240 acres, Oz Farm is blessed with tranquility, fresh air and clear water. Oz Farm is 'off-the-grid', using solar and wind power for all its operations. For over 50 years, Oz has changed and grown from a commune to an organic farm and retreat facility. The farm changed ownership in March of 2015 which has brought new life, fresh energy and a passion to grow not only as a business but as a community too! One of Oz Farm’s core missions is to educate and train a new generation of sustainable farmers. Our apprenticeship program provides space for humans to live healthier lives while contributing to our local food system.

The Mendocino coast has many sleepy beach towns and unpopulated beaches, world class waves, diving, and great hiking. Although the town of Point Arena is small, the community its self is large and thriving! 

Stipend:

$300 a month for personal expenses

What to Expect:

An educational, hands-on experience in small-scale organic agriculture. Minimum 30 hours per week of field work and occasional educational discussions and field trips. Extensive practice in agricultural skills, from planning and field preparation through planting, weeding, harvesting and marketing, with opportunities to delve more deeply into areas of interest. Expect a serious, production-focused work environment and lots of repetitive manual labor. Communal living includes shared kitchen, family-style dinners, weekly community meetings, and rotating weekend farm duties.

What we Expect:

A strong, stable person who can fully engage the farm and has a natural curiosity for understanding agriculture and developing work skills. A good team member who starts each workday prepared, present, and ready to work with a sense of urgency. Someone who observes carefully, takes initiative, and handles responsibility well. A thoughtful communicator and caring community member with an interest in intentional living.

Work Week at Oz:

M-T-W-F Farm Focused: transplanting, propagation, weeding, pruning, harvest, field maintenance  

Th Retreat Focused: Cabin preparation for retreats, landscaping and community upkeep.

Living Situation:

As part of your work exchange all apprentices will be given:

  • Private 10x12 tent cabin with wood burning stove, running water, and small solar array.  

  • Access to the communal farm kitchen that is stocked with:

    • seasonal farm fresh produce

    • bulk food items (no meat or dairy)

    • outdoor shower and bathtub

    • large front and back porch

    • a lounge area with loft space for guests.

  • Family-style dinner 5 nights/week. We cannot provide for special dietary needs.

  • The opportunity to pursue passion projects on the farm outside of the work week. 

Dates:

March, 1 2019- Nov 16, 2019

Send Applications to: info@ozfarm.com or

PO Box 244 Point Arena, CA 95468