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Internships and Job Openings
Farm Manager at Merry Lea
We will welcome our new Manager to the Merry Lea Sustainable Farm on May 20. Thank you to all the gifted individuals who expressed interest and applied.
Other Internship and Job Opportunities
Check out Sustainable Food Jobs!
Tyner Pond Farm, Greenfield, IN
(Posted Apr 15, 2013)
Our farm is in Greenfield, Indiana: www.TynerPondFarm.com
We raise pasture meat using Joel Salatin's methods.
We provide a really beautiful apartment and a stipend and would love to have one or perhaps two interns this summer.
The stipend can be negotiated; interns are welcome to have their own garden space.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Tyner Pond Farm
Vermont Victory Greenhouses, Cornwall, VT
(Posted Mar 7, 2013)
A summer internship position is available that would involve some of the following:
- Driving around rural Vermont putting up posters and brochures
- Help design and man exhibit at garden shows, farmers markets
- Help develop and organize community presentations
- Help build greenhouses, window greenhouses, potting boxes, ventilation vents, benches, water systems etc.
- Brainstorm and develop other grassroot promotions
The pay would be $10/hr at 40hr week for at least 10 weeks.
Housing can be supplied.
Interested persons should call or email
Goodness Grows, North Lima, OH
(Posted Mar 7, 2013)
Goodness Grows is passionate about seeing individuals and communities thrive. We believe people who practice sustainable agriculture on a human scale:
- Invigorate their communities
- Promote local economies
- Bridge cultural divides
- Grow spiritually
- Experience greater wholeness
- Deepen there care for creation
We cherish individuals who share these hopes, and who want to join our “learning community” as we seek to be faithful servants who celebrate the growing – and eating and sharing and business – of food in ways that honor place, people and God.
Goodness Grows interns will:
- Guide volunteers in gardening and site development, programming and classes.
- Produce and harvest garden crops (plant, mulch, weed, harvest vegetables, herbs and flowers).
- Maintain and support gardens (including develop infrastructure, manage compost, mow, plant cover crops, renovate lots, enhance biodiversity, consider site design, manage irrigation, greenhouse retrofits, create designs using bio-mimicry).
- Support promotion and documentation (write, shoot photos/video of events, projects, and gardens).
- Assist with Jubilee Food Justice Mission Trip groups, during week-long service-learning trips
- Work with special needs students and developmentally disabled adults as they gain agriculture skills.
The attached application explains the work of GG and general intern expectations. A weekly stipend somewhere in the $100 ~ $150 range is agreed upon before the 9 week or longer internship begins. Interns usually work five to six days a week. GG often can find housing with a host from the organization or church.
Please apply or contact Goodness Grows by March 15, 2013.
Goodness Grows program director
2310 W. South Range Rd
North Lima, OH 44452
Farmer Training Program in Alaska
(Posted Feb 14, 2013)
Calypso Farm and Ecology Center has as its mission to encourage local food production and environmental awareness through hands-on education in natural and farming ecosystems.
The program includes training in small scale ecological agriculture as well as introduction to blacksmithing, tool making, food preservation, wool processing and more!
Participants have the option of receiving college credit through the University of Alaska Fairbanks and there are also options for internship credit.
A full program description is available here.
(posted Feb 4, 2013)
Positions are opening for FoodCorps, a national program that places members in areas where they help public schools provide healthy food and food education.
The program is in its second year and is a terrific opportunity.
For its third class, FoodCorps seeks up to 130 men and women with a passion for serving their country as AmeriCorps service members. In addition to the 12 states where it currently operates—Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina and Oregon— FoodCorps plans to expand to California, Hawai’i and New Jersey in 2013.
Emerging leaders interested in getting more information should go to http://foodcorps.org/become-a-service-member.
Applications are due March 24.
Looking to the Future: Small Farming for Food Security at Bertrand Farm
Sustainable Farming Internships
(posted Feb 4, 2013)
Want to get your hands dirty?
Bertrand Farm, Inc. is inviting applicants to an organic agriculture internship program.
Weekly learning workshop OR movie/social meeting.
Limited stipends & lodging available.
Free access to wholesome organic produce.
Organic production, experiential education, farm structure development & maintenance, livestock management, draft horse skills, beekeeping, home dairying, and more!
For more information contact:
Prairie Winds Nature Farm, LLC
21439 Osborne Rd.
Lakeville, IN 46536
Tilian Residency Farm Manager
(posted Feb 4, 2013)
A manager with a higher degree of experience and confidence is sought to collaborate with the Tilian Farm Development Center Program Manager to build on the 1st year's successes and expand the farm's production, markets, and sales while developing elements of the program components. This position will be the primary on the ground farm manager in charge of all day to day operations from transplant production, crop establishment and management, to harvest, post harvest and sale/distribution including the hiring and management of the seasonal farm crew. This work will be done with the support, mentorship and collaboration of the Tilian FDC Program Manager.
Proposed position dates are: February 2012 - December 2014.
Qualifications, compensation and application instructions are detailed in the full job description <here>.
Application deadline, February 15, 2013.
Royer Farm Fresh, Clinton, IN
(posted Jan 23, 2013)
Royer Farm Fresh Beef, Lamb and Pork is just outside of Clinton, Indiana. It is our mission to raise family-farm grown meats in a healthy and natural environment. Our farm has been in business for over a century and we are working diligently to build sustainable practices to last another 100 years and more. It is of the utmost importance to us to treat our land, our animals, our community and our customers with respect and care.
The internship position is designed to provide experience in many aspects of sustainable production and direct marketing of farm products. Work will include a great deal of animal husbandry as well as value-added production and marketing. Species raised on the farm include cattle, pigs, sheep, and chickens. The farm's products are marketed through farmers' markets, a farm store, and via the internet.
The internship position is intended for individuals who wish to have a broad range of hands-on farm work and marketing experience. The intern will also have the opportunity to complete a project in his/her chosen area, so applicants should have a strong desire to learn.
Applicants must be physically fit, capable of completing the rigors of pasture work, and able to work in a variety of adverse weather conditions. Though previous experience with livestock is not necessary to apply, we do ask that applicants be very comfortable handling larger animals. Mostly, we encourage a willingness to learn and ability to self-direct.
Duration is May through August 2013.
May 1st or upon completion of spring semester 2013
5-6 days a week including Saturday and occasional Sunday hours — roughly 40-50 hours a week total
Compensation includes housing, some meals, $300/mo stipend, and access to the farm's resources.
February 17th, 2013
Contact Scott and Nikki Royer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Project - Catherine Kasper Place, Fort Wayne, IN
(Posted Nov 1, 2012)
Holly Chaille, the director of Catherine Kasper Place (CKP) in Fort Wayne, works with refugee and immigrants who wish to integrate into the community. This done through a variety of programs, including the Fresh Food Initiative, that works with clients to grow their own culturally-appropriate food gardens at home or very nearby. The program also helps them pursue marketing opportunities and careers in ag-related fields.
CKP has just obtained an urban farm in Fort Wayne and is embarking on a new season of planning and growing. This January they will begin creating the 2013 market farm plan and would invite involvement from Jan - March when they will meet (approx 4 times) to discuss the farm's goals, challenges and develop a marketing and planting plan. Implementation of the plan will begin in March (which would require a once/week meeting).
There will be a paid opportunity for a market manager for summer 2013 to see the season through to the end.
Check out the World on Wheels (WOW) Garden Project and FFI updates on their Wow Project Fort Wayne facebook page, and at catherinekasperplace.org. Listed below are basic criteria for this project.
Criteria for the project are:
* Reliable and responsible individuals who are interested in gaining intercultural communication experience or who already have similar experience.
* Individuals with marketing knowledge who are capable of putting together a Market Farm plan and follow through with the plan.
* Individuals with agricultural experience, particularly small plot intensive farming. These persons should have initiative as well as gardening/farming skills.
* Direct involvement with multicultural staff and clients (from Burma and the Dem. Rep. of Congo), learning about other cultures' approaches to farming;
* Opportunities for further or in-depth research and internships;
* Introduction to the many farmers markets and venues;
* Opportunities to attend trainings with staff;
* Option of having an individual plot to grow at the farm;
* Potential for ongoing role as a paid farm manager.
Holly A. Chaille, Director
Catherine Kasper Place
A Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ ministry
260-456-8969, ext. 326
"If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food either."
~Joseph Wood Krutch,American Naturalist and Writer, 1893-1970
Internship - Living Hope Farm, Harleysville, PA
(Posted Jan 17, 2012)
Living Hope Farm is a historic, non-profit farmstead nestled in the rolling hills of southeastern PA, operating a 175 member CSA and a significant volume of restaurant sales. Interns will have the unique opportunity to learn all aspects of farming including seeding and transplanting, tomato grafting and trellising, harvesting, and packaging for restaurant sales, as well as gaining an understanding of tractor operations and implements, irrigation, and pest control. Interns will be given responsibilities that enhance their ability to think like a farmer in addition to the opportunity to learn about growing produce commercially. At the end of the season, each intern will have a full knowledge of what it takes to operate a farm on a seasonal basis and have a better understanding of whether farming is a lifelong venture they want to pursue.
See our website for description of job and an application: www.livinghopefarm.org
Internship - Farming Against Homelessness in Austin, TX
(Posted Jan 17, 2012)
Steven Hebbard runs a farming program that employs and helps to feed the homeless and a community of formerly homeless folk in Austin. Currently about 60 formerly homeless people live in the housing program, as well as 12 mobile commissary trucks that go out to the homeless of Austin every day of the year. The program currently maintains about 14 gardens, 2 chicken coops, and one drought-challenged bee hive across the Austin area. An internship program has been designed to complement the efforts of the formerly homeless garden workforce.
In addition to training in sustainable agriculture and the social justice opportunities of working among the formerly homeless, partnering occurs with a discipleship and leadership training organization called Leadership Greenhouse (leadershipgreenhouse.com) to make this a powerful experience that is both educationally practical and personally transformative.
To learn more details or to apply for the internship, please visit: http://mlf.org/cf-services/genesis-gardens/genesis-gardens-internship-application/
Peaceful Pastures, Hickman, TN
(Posted Jan 17, 2012)
Sustainable agriculture internships are available every spring, summer and fall at Peaceful Pastures. Peaceful Pastures is a direct market, all natural, grass fed, meat business producing and selling beef, lamb, goat, pork, duck and goose. All of the species are pastured in a 300 acre scenic valley; an additional 2200 acres and over 400 cow/calf pairs are maintained and managed.
Additional information regarding the internships are available through: http://www.peacefulpastures.com/internships.html
Undergraduate Summer Research Program, Fayetteville, Arkansas
(Post updated Feb 8, 2012)
The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Arkansas is pleased to announce the Adair and Bollenbacher Programs for 2011, giving undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty member. This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain hands-on research experience and learn about careers in the biological sciences. The application deadline is March 16, 2012.
Duration: 12 weeks, beginning mid-May
Direct inquiries to: Dr. Craig Rothrock
Dept. of Plant Pathology, 217 Plant Science
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701
For information on the programs, application forms and research project titles, visit: http://plantpathology.uark.edu/2219.htm.
Internship openings available at White Pine Farm, North Branch, MI
(Post updated Feb 9, 2012)
Our farm is certified organic through the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association. We provide our interns with housing, food and high speed internet. We spend much of our time teaching and sharing our knowledge with our interns. No previous farming or gardening experience is required. We have 3 miles of groomed wooded trails and an 80 acre farm of which 30 are in production; three to four acres are in vegetables, several fields are in small grains & hay, and the remaining fields are in pasture from which our cattle graze. Our chickens are in chicken tractors. If you are interested in an internship, you can stay on the farm for a day, a weekend, a week or even longer. Please contact us at 810-688-7442 or email email@example.com Thank you!
White Pine Farm
Marian Listwak & Dale Kinney
2933 Burnside Rd.
North Branch, MI 48461
Sustainable Agriculture Internship at World Hunger Relief, Inc.
(Post updated Feb 10, 2012)
Dates: Internships start in May, September and January and last one year
Direct inquiries to:
World Hunger Relief, Inc.
P.O. Box 639
Elm Mott, TX 76640
Click here to download a pdf brochure about the internship
Goals: Develop skills in sustainable agricultural production and problem solving. Learn approaches to community development, cross-cultural communication, and adult education. Develop a holistic approach to Christian missions. Understand the socio-political contexts of world hunger and identify appropriate Christian responses. Become familiar with food technology, nutrition and health issues.
How interns learn: Interns are involved in every step of production of organic vegetables, milk, eggs, meat and pecans. They are intimately involved in all aspects (planning, production, research, marketing, etc.) of a working farm. Production techniques appropriate to the developing world are emphasized: composting; cover cropping; biointensive integrated pest management; drip irrigation; multi-species rotational grazing; pastured poultry, etc. In addition to farm work, interns are involved in leading school tours, teaching classes and speaking to church and community groups. Interns who participate in the optional 3-month international internship are encouraged to raise support through fund-raising activities. Interns attend classroom lessons two afternoons per week. The curriculum is broad, but centers around sustainable agriculture and Christian missions. Field trips are organized to other farms and interns are encouraged to attend short courses at other facilities in Texas and beyond.
Accommodation: Interns are provided with housing, utilities and staple foods. Housing is simple but adequate; our dormitory houses up to a dozen people. Limited housing is available for families. We eat primarily food produced on the farm including vegetables, fruit, grains, legumes, meat, eggs, milk, cheese and yogurt. Since some of this production is seasonal, purchased staples supplement it.
Assistantships: Internship assistantships are available on a competitive basis for individuals who wish to earn income beyond room and board.
Crop Protection Internships at Glades Crop Care, Inc.
(Post updated Feb 10, 2012)
Glades Crop Care, Inc. (GCC) is an independent research and agricultural consulting firm with headquarters in Jupiter, Florida. GCC is the largest crop consulting firm in the southeast United States and has earned national and international recognition for innovative pest and disease management programs. GCC's crop consulting sets the standard for quality and professional agricultural services to its grower clientele.
Our Mission is to empower farmers and agribusinesses seeking sustainable solutions to agricultural production challenges.
Our shared Goal is to optimize production, profits, and the safety of food, while protecting the environment and promoting safe working conditions for all, both now and in the long run.
Dates: negotiable-the cropping season in Florida is from September to May
Direct inquiries to:
Dr. Charlie Mellinger
949 Turner Quay
Jupiter, FL 33458
Tel: (561) 746-3740
Food Warriors Summer Internship Program
(Post updated Feb 10, 2012)
Students who live in Seattle, Los Angeles, New York City, Boulder, and Michigan and who have a passion for local food are encouraged to apply!
Real Time Farms is a for-profit social enterprise that aims to bring transparency to our food system. Our online local food guide helps consumers learn where their food comes from, whether eating in or eating out. Our Food Warriors Summer Internship Program will give interns a deeper understanding of regional food webs, particularly how food is grown and sourced, while documenting growing practices, regional farm information and the relationships between farms, farmers markets, and locally sourcing restaurants. Interns will also have the chance to write about their own topic of interest in the food system for our blog and get valuable feedback and training from seasoned writers. Students are encouraged to ask their professors for course credit in return for their experiential learning.
For more information, please visit realtimefarms.com
contact: Cara S. Rosaen, Director of Vegetable Outreach
Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, P.O. Box 263 Wolf Lake, IN 46796 | Phone (260) 799-5869 • Fax (260) 799-5875