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 work on an organic farm or start their own operation. This training integrates participants along the entire lifecycle of an organic vegetable farm on multiple scales while gearing the curriculum towards beginning farmers.
The Full Season track is intended for individuals that are seriously considering organic agriculture as a career and will incorporate a full growing season from spring to late fall.
Responsibilities Could Include:
- Seed starting
- Greenhouse & high tunnel production
- Pest & weed management
- Irrigating & mulching beds
- Introduction to small and large equipment
- Harvesting & processing produce
- Farmers’ Market or ASC site staffing
- Record keeping and basic bookkeeping
- Research plot establishment and maintenance, including Vegetable Systems Trial
Interns that complete this track will be fully prepared for employment in the organic agricultural world and are encouraged to apply for the second-year full season internship.
Interns will be fully immersed in the day-to-day physical activities for 9 months in order to learn what is needed to be an organic vegetable farmer. The experience incorporates a comprehensive curriculum over the course of the season that focuses on training in organic growing skills. Full season interns are required to attend all Rodale Institute classroom sessions and off-site farm visits and complete all homework assigned during their internship.
Applicants should have a positive attitude, be able to lift up to 50 lbs., and the ability to work in seasonal environmental elements. Candidates must be willing to work in a changing environment with day-to-day flexibility in tasks. Must have a valid US driver’s license.
Location: Rodale Institute Experimental Farm, 611 Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown, PA 19530
Compensation: Interns are eligible for on-site housing and free vegetables for the length of the internship. Interns will receive an hourly wage based on on-site or off-site status.
Schedule: An ideal candidate for a Full Season internship could commit to at least 40 hours/week for a full 9 months (usually March-November). Candidates will have additional weekend duties which extend beyond the average work week.
Deadlines: Full season applications are accepted until January 30th. 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: 9 months (usually March-November)
About Rodale Institute: Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. For seventy years, the Institute has been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet.
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