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This job expired on February 11, 2020

Food Project Farm Internship Growing Gardens

  • Date Posted December 13, 2019
  • Location Longmont, CO
  • Category Agriculture / Nonprofit
  • Job type Part-Time
Company description

Growing Gardens’ mission is to enrich the lives of our community through sustainable urban agriculture. We envision people experiencing a direct and deep connection with food, the land and each other. Growing Gardens unites the Boulder County community through urban agriculture programs: The Cultiva Youth Project (ages 12 –19), the Children’s Peace Garden (ages 3 – 11), Horticulture Therapy, Community Classes, Growing Gardens Food Project and the Community Gardens.

Internship description

Food Project Farm Internship
Full Season 2020
March 3 - November 13

The focus of this internship is to support production and programming for the Food Project Farm, a one-acre garden and educational site located in Longmont. Situated in the middle of a USDA food desert, produce from the farm is donated to local food banks and distributed to low income families in the community. It is also the goal of the Food Project Farm to educate local youth about garden ecology and sustainable food growing practices through farm-based environmental educational programming.

The Food Project Farm Internship requires a great deal of hard work, focus, and care. It is also deeply rewarding. The Food Project Farm Intern will report to the Food Project Farm Manager, and will work extensively with the Cultiva Youth farm crew members, young children, and volunteers. The Food Project Farm Intern must have both the ability and desire to mentor and engage with young people, and to work with and engage community members from diverse backgrounds. 

Intern Duties
Assist the farmer in all aspects of farm operation:
● Seeding, transplanting, thinning, and fertilizing seedlings
● Cultivation and weeding techniques
● Organic pest and disease management 
● Cover cropping and fertility management
● Maintenance of vermicomposting bins
● Infrastructure development and site maintenance
● Operation and maintenance of tools and equipment
● Greenhouse management
● Installation and operation of irrigation systems
● Assist with plant and seed donations to community partners
● Harvesting, washing, and packing of crops for donation
● Assist with tracking and logging produce weights for donation program
● Mentor and work alongside teens in the Cultiva Youth Project
● Assist in and lead environmental education programming to teen service-learning groups and after-school programing.
● Assist, teach, and oversee volunteers and groups of volunteers with greenhouse, wash station, and field-related tasks

Assist the farm educator to:
● Teach environmental education programming to children and teens, ages Pre-K through High School
● Lead community groups on experiential tours of the farm site
● Represent Growing Gardens and positively interact with the public at community outreach events

Normal work schedule is Tuesday-Thursday. Schedule and responsibilities change by season and week and can fall outside of normal work hours. Some commitments that fall outside normal work hours include:  
● Weekend Plant Sales in May
● Plant and Seed Donation Events on May 13th and May 20th
● Weekend greenhouse care and watering (March-June)
● Outreach events and support at our annual Farm Gala fundraiser
● Annual Salsa Party at the Food Project Farm on September 13th

For more detailed information about work schedules by season please reference seasonal Food Project Farm internship descriptions.

Knowledge and Skills the Intern May Acquire:
● Small scale organic vegetable production techniques
● Experience operating and maintaining tools and equipment
● Ability to lead diverse populations of volunteers in hands-on activities
● Ability to lead youth groups in hands-on activities and environmental education.
● Exposure to the operations of a non-profit, community-based organization.
● Experience assisting in environmental educational programming for children and teens
● Experience working with and in a multicultural community

Structure of Internship
● Internship duration is March 3 – November 15, 2020.
● Intern position is 25 hours per week. Hours will vary depending on the week and the season. A portion of those hours will take place on evenings and weekends. We generally work more hours per week in the height of the growing season and less in the early spring and late fall.
● Two weekend watering shifts required every weekend March-June
● Each Intern is supported by a Mentor
● Mentor oversees daily activities and supports each Intern’s growth during weekly meetings throughout the duration of the contract
● Intern will work efficiently and effectively independently
● Interns may attend learning opportunities with Growing Gardens staff throughout the season.

Benefits of Interning with Growing Gardens
● Knowledge gained through experience working on and managing a diversified vegetable operation.
● Hands-on experience making a positive impact in the lives of children, teens, and adults.
● Community connections and networking within the burgeoning local food movement.
● Friendly, relaxed, supportive environment.
● Develop marketable teaching, leadership, and management skills.
● Additional training offered through Growing Gardens classes, workshops, and staff shadowing
● 25 hours paid vacation

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about learning how to grow food and develop community. Applicants must be CPR and First Aid certified by March 2, 2020. The Farm Intern must be responsible, dedicated, and organized, and willing to work both independently and lead others. Spanish language skills are a plus. While some growing experience is desired, it is not required for this position. This experience is a great opportunity for someone interested in a job in horticulture, farming, or community organizing. Compensation this position is : stipend / non-monetary compensation
Details: $725 stipend for first season. $850 stipend for second season. $1250 stipend for third season. Payment will be given partially at mid-point of each season and the balance upon completion. Interns receive fresh vegetables from the garden as the season permits April/May-October/November. This benefit has the value of $20-$35 per week depending on the time of year. Interns also receive access to a wide variety of free organic seeds and plant starts, and gardening space. Application instructions
This job expired on February 11, 2020
DeadlineJanuary 31, 2020

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