Rodale Institute’s Farmer Training (RIFT) program is a multiple-track internship that gives aspiring farmers the knowledge and experience they need to start their regenerative organic career. Interns will experience the entire life cycle of an organic diversified crop and livestock farm, while also learning how to distribute and increase access to healthy organic food.

The Full Season track is intended for individuals who are seriously considering regenerative organic agriculture as a career. Full season interns will experience an entire season of farming, typically from March to November.

Responsibilities Could Include:

  • Seed starting
  • Greenhouse & high tunnel production
  • Pest & weed management
  • Irrigating & mulching beds
  • Introduction to small and large equipment
  • Harvesting & processing produce
  • Maintaining livestock
  • Preparing fields for winter
  • Farmers’ Market or Mobile Market 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.

Education Program:

Interns will be fully immersed in day-to-day physical activities for 9 months in order to learn what is needed to be a regenerative organic farmer. The experience incorporates a comprehensive curriculum over the course of the season that focuses on training in regenerative organic growing skills. Full season interns are required to attend all classroom sessions and off-site farm visits, complete all classroom assignments, and pass all quarterly exams to graduate.

Candidate Qualifications:

Applicants should have a positive attitude, be able to lift up to 50 lbs., and possess 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 U.S. driver’s license.

Additional Information:

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.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume and completed application to the RIFT Program Manager at RIFT@rodaleinstitute.org.

Deadlines: Full season applications are accepted until January 30th. If you miss a deadline, or are interested in an internship that does not meet the minimum duration, please contact the RIFT Program Manager at RIFT@rodaleinstitute.org, as exceptions can sometimes be made based on the needs of Rodale Institute.

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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