Urban Farm Intern

Location: 
Richmond, Virginia
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 (All day)
Company Name: 
Tricycle Gardens

Tricycle Gardens is a nonprofit organization with a mission to grow healthy food, healthy communities and a healthy local food system. Since breaking ground on our first garden, we have engaged thousands of neighbors and shown that the simple act of growing food is an incredibly powerful way to change the overall health of our community.

This work addresses a myriad of challenging issues, and ultimately our mission is about FOOD:

F- Focus on community needs

O- Outreach and education

O- Opportunities for healthy food access

D- Design of beautiful spaces

Tricycle Gardens has grown across our region and our programs include: five community-run gardens, the Children’s Garden at the Children’s Museum of Richmond, the Healing Garden at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center and Tricycle Gardens' Urban Farm.

Job Responsibilities:

This position is ideal for an aspiring urban farmer, steadfast food justice advocate or anyone with a passion for growing food and building community.

In collaboration with and under direction of the Farm Manager and Program Manager, Farm Interns carry out all aspects of the farm and greenhouse operations. Tasks include soil preparation, seeding and transplanting, cultivating and weeding, irrigation set-up and harvesting and processing produce. Farm Interns are also responsible for managing and running our weekly Four Season Farm Stand and assisting in produce deliveries to and compost pick-ups from local restaurants and businesses as needed. Occasionally Farm Interns may be asked to assist workshops, volunteer workdays and/or educational tours on the farm.

Farm Interns must be punctual and reliable in attendance. Farm Interns must take pride in the quality of their work and be eager to engage in work that strengthens our local food system. The ideal candidate will be looking to deepen their knowledge by participating in all aspects of maintaining an urban farm. Farm Intern must have a reliable vehicle to assist with deliveries and compost pick-ups.

Hours:

Farm Interns typically work an average of 12-15 hours a week during the Fall/Winter and 18-20 hours a week during the Spring/Summer.

The Farm Internship program is a nine to twelve month-commitment. Please specify your availability in your cover letter.

Skills Desired:

Prior experience is not required, only a willingness and desire to learn. The position requires physical stamina and cold/heat tolerance. Interns will be expected to work long hours outside, lift heavy objects and use power tools occasionally.
 
Educational Opportunities:

While working with Tricycle Gardens you will have access to all of our knowledge and experience as well as our small library. Depending on your interests or desired skills, it may be possible to provide appropriate learning projects and/or seek out opportunities within the community.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Claire Sadeghzadeh at claire@tricyclegardens.org.