Nella Mae built her farm business with the help of family, friends, and especially mentors. Nella Mae was lucky enough to receive informal mentorship in her jobs in science and non-profits as well as in agriculture. Other local growers at Buffalo Peak Land & Livestock, The Plant Works Nursery, Val’s Veggies and many other have shared their land, time, tools, knowledge, connections, and even sometimes shoulders to cry on.
The example of mentors has guided Nella Mae to work collaboratively within the region to help support fellow growers. With enough seasons under her belt, Nella Mae is able and eager to help other growers along, sharing information, experience, and tips from her own experience as well as provide more formal mentorship and paid intern opportunities.
Nella Mae is passionate about supporting new, beginning, and aspiring farmers–especially first generation farmers, women and folks in the BIPOC community who face structural, institutional, financial, and social barriers as the result of racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination. Her ongoing work with Rogue Farm Corps Changing Hands program, her writing and presentations, and classes as well as informal support and mentorship are some of the most meaningful aspects of farming for her.
Check out her presentations on farmstands and tips for new farmers here.
She welcomes folks new and aspiring farmers to get in touch directly at 541-910-4098 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a phone call or farm visit.
Jobs & Internships
Experience first-hand what it takes to manage a diverse small farm through the growing season. The work is physically and mentally engaging. Previous farming experience is not required, in fact, we encourage interested folks with all work backgrounds to apply. Job announcements and hiring begins in February and March of each year.
We truly respect and value our employees. We have a friendly, organized workplace with clear procedures and daily objectives. We have a strong sense of community and teamwork on our farm. We work closely together and eat hot, farm-fresh crew lunches together each day. We make sure employees can take home plenty of produce, too.
We offer the following seasonal positions:
- Farm Assistants- Working on all aspects of farm from planting, to harvest to record keeping (3-4 days/week).
- Farm Interns (paid)- Learning all aspects of the farm from fieldwork to sales at the farmers market. The primary goal of our internship program is to introduce prospective farmers to the operation of a diverse market farm, but all interested students of any age interested are welcome.
To learn more, check out the position descriptions above or contact Nella Mae at email@example.com.