Type of farm?
Stipend of $100 per month for incidentals.
Must be Single
Our farm is 160 remote acres of steep hilly pastures set in a forest of Oregon. Everywhere you go is downhill, until it's not.
When you respond to this ad, we will send you a questionnaire to fill out. Once we receive your answers, review them, and approve, we will interview you on the phone, and arrange a two-day on-farm check out.
-Prepare your own breakfast and lunch. Evening meals Monday-Friday provided communally with the Helios Farms team.
-Most food consumed here is raised on the farm. We only allow organic food to be brought onto the farm. No processed, fast, or other industrial or junk food.
Expectations: like any experience, you will get out of it what you put into it. We have attainable benchmarks, but they require effort and sweat. Physically, you will be in better shape than you ever thought possible. Emotionally, you will know what you did today, why it was important, and feel great about it.
Some things you will learn:
-How to produce Single-Moo Milk for our farm share owners.
-How to care for and handle dairy cows.
-Chemical and pharmaceutical-free approaches to animal care.
-Electric paddock building and moving cows, chickens, and hogs.
-Basics of farm electrical and water systems.
-Operating farm equipment.
We have large building projects happening this winter (a new dairy facility and butchery), as well as hog and chicken housing. There will be plenty of opportunities to participate and learn with these building projects going on here.
Helios Farms invests heavily in the physical, emotional, and mental needs of this opportunity; it’s the most education for the money you’ll ever receive.
Butchering On Farm
Our program and expectations are similar to the internship program of Polyface Farms, which we credit for inspiring the list below:
-Bright eyed, bushy-tailed, self-starter, eager-beaver, situationally aware, go-get-‘em, teachable, positive, non-complaining, grateful, rejoicing, get’er done, dependable, faithful, perseverant, take-responsibility, clean-cut boy-girl appearance characters. We are very, very, very discriminatory.
-Must be at least 18 years of age at start of internship.
-Requires a 2 day checkout prior to acceptance.
-Required time for winter internship is Jan 15-April 30. Later start possible. Spring, Summer, and Fall internships are available as well.
-Work 5 days per week, off two days except every third week, which is a 7-day week.
-Room and most board provided and you can eat, within reason, from the Helios Farms larder.
-Accommodations include a full kitchen, bath, and private or bunk-style sleeping quarters.
-Wireless internet is reserved for business during business hours.
Work 5 days per week, off two days except every third week, which is a 7-day week.
Helios Farms' is a farm-to-table business. Our farm centerpiece is a raw-milk dairy. We also produce eggs, pork, chicken, and beef. Our farm is a "livestock shares" farm, so all the people that get food from our farm own shares in our livestock. We deliver milk and eggs to our farm share owners through residential, farm stand, and co-op drop points from Roseburg, Oregon to Portland, Oregon.
Meats are harvested on the farm in our on-farm butchery. Farm share owners come to the farm for a farm stay, and we harvest their hogs, chickens, or beef while they're here. Hams and bacon are cured here and smoked in our smokehouse.
Other than fuel and oils used in farm machinery, the only chemicals used on the farm are ascorbic acid (vitamin C), citric acid, and baking soda. We feed organic and non-gmo feeds. We feed no soy to animals, but use excess raw milk to lactoferment grains and supplement feed for chickens and hogs.