Island Grown Schools, the farm to school program on Martha’s Vineyard, seeks a school garden educator to work alongside our school coordinators in an internship program, from mid-August 2013 through late June 2014. We work with all seven K-12 schools in our community.
The intern will work in a supporting role with our staff members and independently. Responsibilities will include:
• Leading in-class lessons for children of all ages, with a focus on K-8
• Leading school garden-based lessons
• Facilitating an after school gardening program
• Supporting garden maintenance needs
The estimated time commitment is 25-30 hours/week. Compensation will be
$15,000 for the period of the internship. Intern will be responsible for arranging their own housing.
IGS will provide training and professional development opportunities, including an orientation period and the chance to attend off-island conferences and workshops.
Intern must have:
• Gardening skills
• Teaching experience and the ability to easily engage children in
• Strong organizational skills
• A comfort level with leading a wide range of lessons for classes in
indoor and outdoor learning environments
• Ability to work independently and in a collaborative/supporting role
• High level of professionalism
• Strong commitment to supporting local food systems
Farm to school/school garden education experience strongly preferred.
Island Grown Schools is Martha’s Vineyard’s farm to school program. We work at all seven K-12 schools on the island and with six pre-schools, a total of
2,370 students, nearly all of the school-aged children in the community. We have installed and support 13 school gardens and 3 school greenhouses, run after school garden programs, we have donated over 15,000 pounds of local food free to island schools, and have led over 2,000 classroom lessons and more than 200 farm field trips.
Our mission is to raise a new generation of Vineyarders who are connected to local farms and farmers, empowered to make healthy eating choices, informed about the food system, and engaged in growing food for themselves, their families and community. In school gardens, classrooms, on farm field trips, and in the school cafeteria, we help island children deepen their understanding of the land, the sea, and the way food connects people to one another and each of us to the wider world.