Eel River Produce is a certified organic farm located beneath the redwoods near the banks of the Eel River, one of California's largest and most spectacular rivers. The farm includes around 10 acres of fertile river bottom soil. The quality of the soil and the farm's proximity to the Eel allows most crops to be dry-farmed, i.e. produced without supplemental overhead or drop irrigation. Bill Reynold, the farmer, has farmed for over 30 years. He has produced vegetable crops for farmers markets and wholesale markets. Currently, the farm's focus is on commercial seed production. The farm specializes in producing seed of zucchini, tomato, pepper, melon, cucumber, and other "wet-seeded" crops, as well pole beans for seed and flower seeds. Bill's extensive experience and ideal dry-farming environment allow excellent production with minimal hand labor. Most field preparation, planting, and cultivating is done by tractor. To read more about Bill Reynolds and Eel River Produce, check out the these two Seeds of Change newsletter articles: http://www.seedsofchange.com/enewsletter/issue_47/bill_reynolds_profile.aspx, http://www.seedsofchange.com/enewsletter/issue_69/interview.aspx.
Eel River produce is seeking dedicated, hard-working, motivated apprentices for the 2011 growing season. Housing is available is the form of a camper. The farm is 45 minutes to 1 hour from town - applicants should have a vehicle.
A seasonal commitment is preferred, hours and stipend are negotiable.