The diversified vegetable farming internship focuses on supporting the farm-wide production of vegetables in several program settings ranging from work in research plots to our commercial 5-acre farm share (Agriculture Supported Communities, or “ASC”) field. This position is ideal for the individual who would like to train with our Farm Operations team and practice research and commercial vegetable production techniques.
Responsibilities Could Include:
Agriculture Supposed Communities (Farm Share) production needs:
- Seed starting
- Greenhouse & high tunnel production
- Pest & weed management
- Soil health management
- Introduction to small and large equipment
- Harvesting & processing produce
- Farmers’ Market or ASC site staffing
- Record keeping and basic bookkeeping
- Contributing to the monthly ASC newsletter
- Research plot establishment and maintenance, including Vegetable Systems Trial
Interns will be fully immersed in the day-to-day physical activities of an entire season to learn what is needed to be an organic vegetable farmer from last frost to first frost. The experience incorporates a comprehensive curriculum over the course of the season that focuses on training in organic growing skills. Individuals who are interested in hands-on experience in commercial and research settings are encouraged to apply.
Applicants should have at least one season of farm experience, 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 will receive housing at Rodale Institute, organic food from the farm and a $200/week stipend. College credit may also be possible.
Schedule: An ideal candidate for a full-season internship could commit to at least 40 hours/week for a minimum of 6 months. An ideal candidate for a summer or partial season internship could commit to at least 40 hours/week for at least 3 months. Candidates will have additional weekend duties which extend beyond the average work week.
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: Monday, March 4 to Friday, August 16, 2019
- Partial Season/Summer Internship: Please inquire. Potentially available on rotating schedule.
- Application deadline: February 1
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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