Jumpstart your career in organic agriculture with an immersive training program led by some of the world’s leading regenerative experts.

Rodale Institute’s Agriculture Supported Communities (ASC) training program is a multiple track internship that gives aspiring farmers the knowledge and experience they need to start their organic career. Interns will experience the entire lifecycle of an organic farm on multiple scales while also learning how to distribute produce and increase access to healthy organic food.

The Basics

ASC internships provide hands-on training in the skills necessary to operate a diverse, certified organic farm. Participants will be fully immersed in the day-to-day activities involved in an growing season from greenhouse seeding to cover cropping for winter and everything in between. Individuals interested in taking the next steps towards starting a career in organic agriculture are encouraged to apply.

Why train with ASC?

Rodale Institute is widely considered the global leader in regenerative organic agriculture, growing the organic movement through research, training, and consumer education. By training with ASC, participants will be gaining valuable experience at the cutting edge of organic innovation in an educational setting that will prepare them for future careers.

Benefits & Requirements

The Agriculture Supported Communities Internship includes:

  • eligibility for on-site housing
  • free vegetables for the length of the internship
  • hourly wage based on on-site or off-site living status
  • at least 40 hours/week commitment with additional weekend duties, in rotation with other interns

Interns are expected to have a positive attitude, be able to lift in excess of 50lbs, and work in all types of weather.

Internship Tracks

Short Season

(2-4 months)

This track is intended for beginners looking to gain introductory knowledge about organic farming. Interns will get a firsthand experience in organic farming skills and exposure to the pace and effort needed to operate an organic farm during peak season.

Tasks will include seeding/planting, cultivating, harvesting, processing, irrigating, mulching, simple tractor work, and selling products.

Short season interns are encouraged to attend all classroom sessions and off-site farm visits during their internship.

Full Season

(9 months)

This track is intended for individuals that are seriously considering organic agriculture as a career. Full season interns will get firsthand experience on basic farming skills and experience an entire season of farming, typically from March to November.

Tasks will include greenhouse work, seeding/planting, cultivating, harvesting, processing, irrigating, mulching, simple tractor work, selling products, and preparing fields for winter.

Full season interns are required to attend all classroom sessions, off-site farm visits, and complete all homework in order to graduate.

Second-Year Full Season

2 full, continuous seasons (2 openings per year)

Open only to Full Season graduates and intended for those with plans to open an organic farm, the second-year internship will teach the management and financial skills needed to own and operate an organic farm.

Tasks include all full season operations as well as advanced training in skilled tractor work, management of a crew, organic certification, crop rotation, off-season planning, budgeting, equipment/seed orders, and attending a winter farming conference.

Second-year interns will complete a full farm plan and budget; upon successful defense of their proposal, graduates will be considered under the official mentorship of the Rodale Institute.

Second-year graduates will receive one full year of free consultation from our certified crop consultants, as well as continued access to an extensive network of program alumni and Rodale Institute employees and partners.

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.

  • Short Season:  Will close once all positions are filled
  • Full Season: Jan 30
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