Learn how to run a farm-share operation and increase access to fresh, local produce in your community.

Rodale Institute’s Agriculture Supported Communities (ASC) is a farm share program that increases access to healthy organic food for families in the greater Lehigh Valley area. The program is also a training opportunity for new farmers who want to learn how to run their own CSA-style operation. Find out more about the program and download an application below.

The Basics

Internships with ASC provide hands-on training in the skills necessary to run a farm share-style business with the goal of reaching a broader population including low-income families with limited access to fresh organic food.

Immerse yourself in the day-to-day activities of an entire season from last frost to first frost. The experience incorporates a comprehensive curriculum that includes training in organic growing skills, crop plan design, and business planning & marketing. Individuals who are serious about taking the next steps towards starting their own sustainable, organic grower’s business are encouraged to apply.

Why train with ASC?

ASC makes fresh, organic food accessible to those who might otherwise be priced out.

By training with ASC, you’ll not only learn the nuts and bolts of running an organic farm share. You’ll provide a vital service by increasing access to healthy, local foods in under-served communities.

Benefits & Requirements

Interns will receive housing at Rodale Institute, organic food from the farm and a $200/week stipend. College credit may also be possible.

Positions for the full season (8 months) and summer season (3 months) are available. Ideal candidates can commit to at least 40 hours/week. Candidates may have additional weekend duties which extend beyond the average work week.

Applicants should have at least one season of farm experience, a positive attitude, be able to lift up to 50 lbs., and expect to be working in seasonal environmental elements.

What You'll Learn

Seed starting

Greenhouse & high tunnel production

Transplanting

Pest & weed management

Soil health management

Introduction to small and large equipment

Harvesting produce

Processing produce

Marketing

Customer relations

Working with community partners

Staffing distribution sites

Record keeping and basic book keeping

Composing monthly newsletter

Apply Today

Please send a cover letter, resume and completed application to the ASC Program Manager at ASC@rodaleinstitute.org.

Deadlines: Suggested deadlines are listed below. If you miss a deadline, or you are interested in an internship that does not meet the minimum duration, please contact the ASC Program Manager at ASC@rodaleinstitute.org, as exceptions can sometimes be made based on the needs of Rodale Institute.

  • Full Season Internship: February 1
  • Partial Season/Summer Internship: February 1
Download an application

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Our ASC program offers both vegetable and meat share options. Support our trainees and enjoy fresh, flavorful produce with a subscription.

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