Rooted FAQs

What is Rooted?
Rooted is our summer internship program focused on teaching teens about the food system. We learn about the satisfaction of hard work as we spend 7-weeks working in the garden, learning more about the food system through daily workshops, giving back to our community through working at a local food bank, and learning how to cook with the produce we are harvesting through weekly culinary classes.

The Garden Crew is our entry-level internship program and has 20 participants.

For youth that have completed a summer on the Garden Crew, they have the option of applying for a second summer as part of the Farm Squad. The Garden Crew and the Farm Squad will interact during field work and occasional workshops and activities.

How long is the program?
Rooted begins in early July and concludes in late August. The 2020 summer program runs from July 6th-August 21st, Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. If you successfully complete Garden Crew, you are invited to apply for the Farm Squad for the following summer. Crew members have the option of continuing their employment at Carnation Farms throughout the academic year.

Who is eligible to participate?
Youth currently in grades 9 and 10 are eligible to apply. We hire youth from local communities surrounding Carnation Farms in the Snoqualmie Valley, as well as the Greater Seattle area.

What kind of work will I do?
As a member of the Garden Crew, you will participate in:
• Field Work- we spend every morning working in our 12-acre organic garden. Field work includes harvesting produce, weeding, planting, and various other farm tasks
• Care of Chicken Flocks- we harvest eggs from our chicken flocks twice daily!
• Workshops- we spend most afternoons in workshops learning more about the food system. You will be asked to participate in the workshops and think about ways to apply this information to your own life and community
• Cooking- we spend one afternoon per week in a culinary class, learning skills needed to cook the produce we harvest in the garden
• Working with hunger-relief organizations- we spend one day per week working at a local food bank to provide needed labor and to better understand hunger relief efforts in our communities
Want to know more? Check out our Curriculum, or our Day-in-the-Life post.

What is a workday like?
Every day is a little different. Garden Crew youth participate in farming (weeding, harvesting, planting, animal care), learn and apply cooking skills, prepare and serve meals at hunger relief organizations, and learn about sustainable farming, social responsibility and workplace skills in a series of interactive workshops. Each day is a mix of field work, workshops, and community-building activities.

Is this program only for youth considering farming as a career?
Not at all! Food is a common denominator for everyone. Our goal is to teach you where your food comes from and to help you realize the unique role that you play in the food system. We have had crew members that wanted to be engineers, programmers, teachers, conservationists, film directors, animators- the list goes on! Regardless of what you want to be when you are older, working on a farm for the summer allows you to step into a role that you might not try otherwise. You’ll come away from the summer having played an important role in the food system of our region. Our hope is that you take this experience, along with your new farmer’s tan, and be an advocate for change in our food system, whether that’s in your larger community or your own dinner plate.

What days and hours do I work?
Garden Crew members will work Monday through Friday, from 9am-4pm, with a 30-minute unpaid lunch and two 15-minute breaks per day. Additional hours will be available to sign up for throughout the program.

Do I get paid?
Absolutely! This is a paid internship opportunity. You will work hard while you are here and, in turn, learn multitudes about the food system and professional development. We pay our crew members in stipends: up to $1,900 for the summer. Your commitment is 32 hours a week for the 7 weeks of the program.

We will have additional paid work opportunities to choose from throughout the summer if you would like more hours.

Are there interviews?
Yes, there are! All applicants who meet age requirements and are available for the entire 7-week program will be granted an interview. We recognize that for many of you, this will be your first job interview. Don’t worry! We will guide you through the process so you can get your questions answered. Before your interview, you will receive plenty of information in order to prepare. The interview process will be a one-to-one conversation with a Carnation Farms staff member. This process is a good way for you to practice interviewing skills and get to know us and the farm!

What if my family is going on vacation?
If you are unable to commit to attending the full 7 weeks of Rooted for any reason (including family vacations, sports leagues, etc.), we encourage you to apply for the next year so you can plan ahead and make sure you’re able to fully commit. Our farm depends on our Garden Crew workers just like the rest of our staff, and we must be able to count on you to attend your shift every day.

Can I be fired?
Yes. Like any other job, you will be expected to follow job standards and behavior agreements. If those guidelines are broken, you can be fired. We will make sure that all expectations are very clear, and that we answer any questions you might have so everyone is on the same page. We want you to be safe, happy and healthy interns!

How can I get there?
Our farm is located at 28901 NE Carnation Farm Rd., in Carnation, WA. Unfortunately, there is no direct access by Public Transit. Carpooling with fellow Rooted workers or sharing fares on a rideshare service are all possibilities. You may be dropped off at the farm by friends/family; or drive your own vehicle.
We also have the capacity to pick up Crew Members at the Redmond Transit Center. Many crew members utilize Snoqualmie Valley Transportation as well. Contact us if you have questions about transportation!

Can I show my family and friends where I work?
Of course! If you want to bring a visitor to the farm to show them all of your hard work, you can speak with your supervisor and make a plan together to bring your visitor outside of your work hours. We will also host two events during the summer for your visitors to attend: a Friends & Family Potluck, and an End-of-Summer Celebration.

Who are our adult leaders?
Garden Crew members are supervised and led by trained youth development professionals. Adult leaders perform the role of educator, mentor, and supervisor to all Garden Crew members during the 7 weeks (and beyond!) of the program. Youth will also work closely with our Sustainable Agriculture and Culinary teams.

Do I have to bring my own lunch?
Yes! Please bring your lunch, snacks, and a water bottle. We will have room to store lunches in a refrigerator, and we will have several water/snack breaks during the day.

What should I wear to work?
Be ready to get dirty! We work in all kinds of weather, from dewy and overcast mornings to hot and humid afternoons. You will be provided with (2) Rooted t-shirts that you will be asked to wear every day. Garden Crew members must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes for safety. We recommend bringing a hat and waterproof shoes or boots to keep at the farm during the summer. It gets hot out here!

More questions? Contact Kaley Brammer, Youth Development & Education Manager, at