Internships with the Agriculture Supported Communities (ASC) program 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. The ASC offers a pay-as-you-go CSA-style organic vegetable operation on 5-acres.
Responsibilities Could Include:
- Seed starting & transplanting
- Greenhouse & high tunnel production
- Pest & weed management
- Soil health management
- Introduction to small and large equipment
- Harvesting & processing produce
- Marketing & customer relations
- Staffing farmers’ market and distribution sites
- Record keeping and basic bookkeeping
- Contributing to a monthly newsletter
The ASC internship focuses on hands-on training skills necessary to run an actual farm share, CSA-style business. Interns will be fully immersed in the day-to-day physical activities of an entire season to learn what is needed to be a successful organic vegetable farmer from last frost to first frost. The experience incorporates a comprehensive curriculum over the course of the season that includes training in organic growing skills and small business management. Individuals who are serious about taking the next steps towards starting their own sustainable, organic grower’s business 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 be able to work in seasonal environmental elements. 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, April 29- Friday, November 1, 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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