Internship Agriculture

SCLT Farm Apprenticeship

posted February 6, 2018
apply by February 15, 2018

Description

Apprentices will train full-time at one of two host farms City Farm and Foggy Notion Farm. Hands-on learning of in-depth farm skills from farm mentors is combined with farm tours, classes, and network-building meetings. Apprentices complete the program with not only technical skills, but also a broader understanding of farm conditions and connections to resources needed to begin a farming career.

Apprentices also participate in SCLT’s beginning farmer training program. Apprentices will develop an education plan with their host farms that includes attendance at SCLT workshops e.g. Advanced Marketing, Establishing your Farm, and livestock workshops and participation in farm tours through the Young Farmer Night or NOFA/RI CRAFT Workshops. These tours provide a broader understanding of farming situations, not just the unique circumstances of their host farm. Finally, apprentices will make connections with important agencies and businesses that grow their network in the farming community, including USDA staff and extension specialists.

Host Farms Application Details

City Farm City Farm is a ¾- acre urban farm in the heart of Providence's Southside, and is part of the Southside Community Land Trust. This working model of sustainable, hyper-local urban agriculture demonstrates bio-intensive growing methods. A cross between a backyard market garden and small family farm, City Farm demonstrates through workshops, tours, field trips, classes and practice possible solutions to problems with the current challenges of food security and conventional agricultural.

Specific responsibilities include Plant Sale preparation including greenhouse work, transplanting, and working with volunteers preparing the farm for the growing season helping coordinate volunteers and others who work at the farm supervising and guiding high school youth staff with farm work plant care, harvesting, marketing and distribution through farmers markets and growers cooperative.

Qualifications Hardworking, dependable, ability to multi-task and work independently with others, good people skills, good communication with a sense of humor, like dirt. Ability to lift 50lbs on regular basis.

Foggy Notion Farm Adam Graffunder, Jenna Yu and Nathaniel Wood are growing soil and food on historic farmland surrounded by the beautiful forests of Snake Den State Park in Johnston, RI with only biological and physical inputs. We use innovative growing techniques learned by transforming vacant city lots into productive farms. We farm with small tools ranging from hand trowels and seeders up to a BCS two-wheeled tractor for mowing and making beds. We have 5 season extending greenhouses, and will be working on extending our growing season and profit this year through efficient organization of time and labor. We grow a diverse array of vegetables, fruits and flowers for sales to a CSA, farmers markets and restaurants using organic practices and lots of compost. Most importantly, we try to make a minimal impact on our ecosystem and build our soil over time. See http //www.foggynotionfarm.org for more info.

Specific responsibilities include We will provide detailed instructions and lessons on our methods for the following helping with preparing vegetable beds for sowing or transplanting, watering crops, seeding into seed flats and beds, transplanting plant starts, trellising crops, likely some construction, weeding, hoeing, plant care and maintenance, harvesting, washing and packaging produce, marketing and distribution of produce, helping coordinate volunteers and other temporary farm workers, other farm operations tasks as needed.

Qualifications Reliable and punctual, the ideal applicant takes an active role in learning the operations of the business and about growing, processing and marketing vegetables. Ability to lift 50lbs on regular basis. Ability to cooperate as part of a crew or keep on task when on an individual task. Good communication skills takes the initiative to ask questions when something is unclear, asks before altering an assigned task. Willingness to follow instructions. We are particularly interested in applicants interested in continuing to farm after the apprenticeship.

Minimum Qualifications

All skill levels interested in a future in agriculture are encouraged to apply. Minority and bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged.

Wages, Salary and Benefits

The on-farm program is 6 months long, from approximately April through September. The specific schedule is set by the host farm. Some of the required workshops will begin in March. Apprentices receive a stipend of $702.50 twice per month.

Application Requirements

To apply, send the following materials to maggie@southsideclt.org or mail to Maggie Krueger, Southside Community Land Trust, 109 Somerset St. Providence RI 02907.

• Your contact information name, phone, email, mailing address
• Identify the specific host farm to which you’re applying. More detail on each host farm is listed below.
• Provide answers to the following questions

1. Why are you interested in working at your identified farm this season?
2. How does this apprenticeship fit into your personal & professional goals now and in the future?
3. What skills would you like to learn from this experience?
4. How would a past employer describe you?
5. How would a co-worker describe you?
6. What skills/experience do you bring to this position that you think would be beneficial?
7. Anything else you want to tell us?
8. Please include 3 work references -- email addresses and phone numbers. Please inform references we will be contacting them.
9. How did you hear about the SCLT Farm Apprenticeship Program? Facebook, website, word of mouth, etc

Contact

Agnieszka Rosner, agnieszka@southsideclt.org or 401-273-9419