Dorena, Oregon USA

ruby and amber organic farm
 Walt Bernard
 PO Box 119,
 Dorena, OR 97434
 541-510-2359
walt@workhorseworkshops.com
www.workhorseworkshops.com
Ruby and Amber Organic Farm

On our 70 acre certified organic and biodynamic farm we produce high quality, high volume, vegetables and fruit as well as grains, hay and forage mostly for our animal feed needs and for farmer consumption. We do some farm events using draft horses as well, like driving workshops and a pumpkin patch.

Overview
  • Source of power: 8 horses.
  • Draft Animals are used for: Draft animal power used for all types of motive and sweep power on our 70 acre certified organic and biodynamic farm. We produce high quality, high volume, vegetables and fruit as well as grains, hay and forage mostly for our animal feed needs and for farmer consumption. We do some farm events using draft horses as well, like driving workshops and a pumpkin patch. Including plowing, discing, mowing, harrowing, etc.
  • Acreage: 90; 5 in gardens, 40 in corps, 20 in pasture, 15 in hay, 10 in woodlot.
  • Other livestock: milk cow, pigs, chickens
  • Owner experience: 20 yrs farming, driving and teaching related to draft horse farming and driving. Walt has had numerous students for our Equine Based Farm Learning Program and has taught numerous draft horse driving and farming workshops.
  • Skills Offered: Our Equine Based Farm Learning Program (Horse Program) is an in depth intermediate to long term opportunity for the trainee to learn and develop the skills to become a beginning and proficient teamster. Trainee would have the opportunity to work with our horses, on our farm, in a wide variety of tasks under closely supervised to 'independent' situations. Trainee would regularly drive a single horse or team and occasionally larger hitches eventually getting introductory exposure and learning about all the different tasks that we do with horses, for example, plowing, harrowing, discing, mowing, etc. The rate and focus of training is trainee driven and trainee can advance at their own pace. Emphasis on safety and in depth rather than introductory learning.
  • Work hours: Seasonal, 1-4 hrs/day, 4-6 days/wk for Horse Porgram.
  • Terms: Room & board; 2 apprentices at a time. Monthly to seasonally but prefer all year.
  • Accommodations: Private wagonette or apartments available. Community space with kitchen, shower, laundry. Food available for trainee to prepare--conditional.
  • Stipend: yes.
  • Apprentice must: See website workhorseworkshops.com Good attitude. Self directed, yet able to take instruction and work cooperatively. Physically Fit. Thorough and thoughtful. Able to get along.
  • Visit first: Yes. Phone interview, application and references before visit. No trial period.

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