Farm Internship

Location: 
New London, Connecticut
Publication Date: 
Monday, February 25, 2013 (All day)
Company Name: 
F.R.E.S.H. Farm - a project of FRESH New London
Contact Information: 
Arthur Lerner Phone: (860) 444-8050 Ext. 14

Internship Starts:  June 3

Internship Ends: August 5

Number of Interns: 1

App Deadline: Position open until filled Minimum Length of Stay: 2 months

 Internship Details:

The FRESH Farm Internship is an opportunity for a student to learn the hands on skills required to produce healthy food rooted in a context of ecological stewardship, the work of community food security, and social change. Through the course of the summer the intern will learn about farm planning, planting, cultivation, harvest, and distribution. The FRESH Farm Intern will work closely with the Farm Manager and will assist with the coordination and implementation of work and activities at the FRESH Farm.

  General Description:

F.R.E.S.H. New London works to increase access to fresh, local foods and educate and empower the people of New London county about their health and the local food system.  We believe health, healing, and vitality can be achieved in our communities and environment. We see the people right here in our community, especially young people, being the agents of that change. As part of that work, our FRESH Farm produces diversified vegetable crops to supply our various programs addressing food access, our 100 member CSA program, and our donation commitments. We grow intensively on an acre + of organically- cultivated land, a 1000 square foot greenhouse, 2 high tunnels, harvest barn/ outdoor classroom. The Farm is also an educational and training site where students, youth employees, and volunteers learn about the natural world and see where food comes from, and is augmented by its connection to our Community Garden Center, a ¼ urban garden site in downtown New London, CT.

  Qualifications:

•             Keen interest in small scale organic farming.  Some previous

experience.

•             Ability to work with youth and a strong commitment to mentor and model

a strong work ethic, responsibility, focus and passion for learning and service.

•             Willingness to communicate: ask questions, make observations and share

that information pro-actively with others.

•             Ability to comfortably lift 30 pounds repeatedly, wake up early and do

physical labor.

•             Ability to work with a diverse team of staff and volunteers

respectfully and with patience.

•             Qualities of self-motivation, time management, flexibility and

cooperation.

•             Work and learn in field, greenhouse, outdoor classroom, market and

office.  Weekend and evening hours.

•             Valid Driver’s License

  Educational Opportunities:

This opportunity affords full immersion into the workings of a small-scale farm, from seed starting to harvest and distribution. Interns will set educational goals, have daily interaction with FRESH staff and weekly supervision meetings with Farm Leadership team.  Learning will be guided by the agricultural season, growing goals and plans developed by Farm Leadership

Team, and intern interest.   Interns have access to our agricultural library.

Visits to other farms, opportunities to connect regionally with other farm interns, and opportunities to attend workshops and conferences will be available and supported.

 Stipend:

Dependant on need and commitment.

An abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables (if we have it you can eat it!) Significant Professional development and Training.

 The most significant benefit is the opportunity to make a difference in the community, while gaining unique experiences and building life-long skills.

  Housing:

Housing is provided near the farm on the campus of Connecticut College.

 Preferred method Of Contact:

Email brief cover letter and resume to freshnewlondon@hotmail.com .

  Primary Responsibilities Include:

 •             Assist with the greenhouse management and plant propagation

•             Assist with implementation of weekly planting schedule for greenhouse

seeding, field seeding and transplanting.

•             Assist with insect and weeds control, fertility monitoring, and

general field observation

•             Help facilitate paid youth and the volunteer labor force at the Farm.

•             Assist with and manage crews to do weekly harvests in season

•             Assist with soil-building program including composting.

•             Assist with record keeping from seed to harvest, to distribution.

•             Assist with irrigation and equipment.

•             Coordination with FRESH staff for sales and marketing and donation of

produce

 This position includes responsibility, rigorous service-learning, experiential education about agro-ecology, working with people to make food system change.

It is our hope that this position will prepare participants for further action in the food system as a trained farmer or gardener, a well grounded food system academic, or perhaps a budding agro-preneur.  And in any case, all participants will graduate this program with significant training in small scale, sustainable agriculture and well versed in community food security advocacy.