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Sustainability Intern Better Farm

  • Date Posted December 04, 2013
  • Location Redwood, NY
  • Category Agriculture / Education
  • Job Type Internship/Apprentice
Job Description Better Farm’s Sustainability Education Program offers a year-round immersive, introductory crash-course in sustainability initiatives. Individuals receive a hands-on education in a myriad of seasonal topics related to sustainability and environmental issues, including: organic small-scale farming and gardening; greenhouses and four-season farming; compost methods; alternative building and energy; rain and graywater collection; aquaponics/hydroponics; chicken care; community outreach initiatives (supper clubs, volunteer work at area farms, workshops, presence at local events); homesteading (organic cooking, canning/preserving, splitting wood); and outdoor survival.

Better Farm is nestled on a 65-acre property in the foothills of the Adirondacks and a mere 10 miles from the gorgeous Thousand Islands region along the St. Lawrence Seaway bordering Canada. The Indian River Lakes System surrounds Better Farm, with 11 lakes within close vicinity. The property boasts a small fruit orchard, organic vegetable and herb gardens, a pond, forests and hillsides, a two-story Art Barn with gallery and studio space, an on-site library, and aquaponic and hydroponic indoor grow systems.

Better Farm's Sustainability Education Program runs in one- to three-month intervals. Students receive daily assignments and chores all related to sustainability initiatives and organic farming, as well as the opportunity to design and implement projects on their own. Upon completion of all units and responsibilities, participants will receive a certificate from Better Farm. College students may additionally receive course credit for completion of Better Farm's Sustainability Education Program (pursuant to agreement by that individual's school).

Individuals are immersed from day one in the local culture while working alongside other residents at Better Farm and in the Redwood community. Students are expected to do their share in maintaining the condition of Better Farm as well as its peaceful environment. Those accepted to Better Farm's Sustainability Education Program are expected to work seriously—and to conduct themselves in a manner that aids fellow residents in their endeavors.Many sustainability specialists visit Better Farm throughout the year to offer additional mentoring and guidance.

Additionally, individuals have the option of taking any workshops and participating in any excursions or field trips scheduled during their time at Better Farm.Students live on-site and communally on the Better Farm campus in shared rooms. A flat fee of $500/month is required to cover educational fees, supplies, lodging, field trips, wireless Internet, use of the laundry machine, all linens and towels, on-site parking, and use of the communal kitchen (stocked weekly with food). Compensation this position is UNPAID How to apply
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