Agroecology Internships

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    Beach Flats Community Garden

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    Garden Internship

    Listing also found in the Public Policy tab. 

    Contact: Michelle Glowa, michelle.glowa@gmail.com

    In this internship students will work with the Beach Flats Community Garden in several capacities. The garden, which has flourished for over 21 years, is located in Santa Cruz in the historically Latino community of Beach Flats lying at the base of the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. It is a space of food production for local consumption contributing to food security and continuation of agroecological traditions and passing along of knowledges from gardeners who have immigrated from Mexico and El Salvador. In addition the garden provides .44 acres of green space in the most densely populated neighborhood of Santa Cruz. Currently the garden is under threat of having to move or complete eviction. Through interviews and participant observation, students will work with researchers to understand how the garden is perceived by the community, what gardeners and allies are doing to advocate for the garden, and how the city of Santa Cruz is trying to resolve this issue.


  • Bee Love Farm/Pacific Coast Apiaries

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    Bee Love Farm/Pacific Coast Apiaries

    Contact: Dominic Renda, info@pacificcrestapiaries.com (831)515-6060

    Pacific Crest Apiaries/Bee Love Farm is a 60+ year-old family beekeeping business using natural, sustainable and chemical free agrarian practices located in Watsonville. Our beehives are located at our farm in Watsonville as well as at other 2 like-minded, certified organic, biodynamic farms and similarly stewarded private lands in Santa Cruz and Monterey County. Our family farm is a producer and purveyor of the finest local, raw, hand-pressed honey, bee pollen, artisan beeswax candles, pollination services, related wellness and lifestyle goods. Facilitating wellbeing for our honeybees, educational opportunities regarding sustainable environmental stewardship, community, loving-kindness and health are the pillars of our farm.


  • Calabasas Internship

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    Calabasas Internship

    Listing also found in the Environmental Education tab.

    Contact: Flora Lu, floralu@ucsc.edu

    This internship affiliated with College 9/10 seeks UCSC students who want the opportunity to work with youth, facilitate agroecological knowledge acquisition, promote locally grown, healthy food, and raise awareness of social and environmental justice issues. Interns will travel to Calabasas Elementary once or twice a week (transportation provided or gas money reimbursed) to undertake the after-school program, helping to design and implement environmental, garden-based curricula with children ranging from first graders to sixth graders. Interns will also assist with the upkeep of the Discovery Garden: weeding, planting, watering, pruning, etc. 


  • California Native Garden Foundation

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    Internship Opportunity

    Listing also found in the New tab.

    Contact: Alrie Middlebrook, cngf.org@gmail.com 

    The California Native Garden Foundation is a non-profit educational, research, and resource organization that promotes gardening with California native plants. Our goal is to increase the popularity and use of California’s native plants in the designed landscape. Our mission is to demonstrate the beauty, garden worthiness, and ecological appropriateness of California native gardens and to advance knowledge of native plants and increase their availability. We also emphasize on urban gardening, sustainable agriculture, sustainable land use, as well as social and food justice. Interns will assist in various tasks on site, which includes: 

    1. Nursery and garden tasks: Building native plant inventory through plant propagation, planting, and seed collecting. We may ask for some interns to help out with maintenance at gardens that we have designed or at projects that we are working on (which will include planting and seed collecting).

    2. Aquaponics: Maintaining the aquaponics system, planting crop plugs into the rafts, helping with growing produce for aquaponics, fish care.

    3. Grant writing: We are constantly writing grants to fund our non-profit and are always looking for students who are interested in the budgeting and funding aspects of environmental agencies.


  • Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS)

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    CASFS

    Listing also found in Campus and Summer tabs.

    Contact: Damian Parr, dmparr@ucsc.edu 

    CASFS is offering a lower division production internship focused on field-scale harvesting and orchard care, as well as general market garden-scale cover cropping, bed tillage, composting, and propagation.  The internship will include a cohort of approximately 15 interns, working as a team. There is a possibility that interested students might be invited to continue interning in future quarters. We are most interested in students who can commit to two quarters of interning with us, during your time at UCSC, though the quarters interned do not need to be back-to-back. Each year, a number of paid student staff positions are available to graduates of our internship program.

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    Multimedia and Writing Project Intern

    Also Under Campus

    Contact: Martha Brown, mtbrown@ucsc.edu 

    We are looking for help with the following efforts:

    ● Increase photo collection of activities taking place at the Farm & Garden, including weekend workshops, on-site research, students at work on the Farm, and Farm tours. This could involve both taking new photos and reviewing and organizing existing photos. Some of this may include weekend work and work away from campus for research activities.

    ● Research and recommend “slideshow”-type software for use on websites. Create slideshows.

    ● Create audio and video clips of CASFS staff and activities to post to CASFS and alumni websites and CASFS Facebook page. Some of this may include weekend work and work away from campus (for research activities).

    ● Write short profiles of Apprenticeship alumni and find accompanying images to post to CASFS and Alumni websites and CASFS Facebook page

    For more information check out our website 


  • Chadwick Garden

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    Chadwick Garden

    Listing also found in the Campus tab.

    Contact: Damian Parr, dmparr@ucsc.edu 

    The focus of this internship is learning ecological farming and gardening practices and principles.  Participants work side by side with Center staff and apprentices in hands on activities, and engage with curriculum from the apprenticeship in ecological horticulture. For more information please visit the website.


  • Christiansen Associates Garden and Design

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    Christiansen Associates Garden and Design Internship

    Listing also found in the For-Profit Business tab. 

    Contact: Kurt Christiansen, kurtsgarden11@gmail.com (831)458-2005 

    Christiansen Associates Gardens and Design is an organic landscape company located in the Swift St. Courtyard by Kelly's Bakery on the west side of Santa Cruz. We design, install and maintain gardens organically for people to live in and enjoy. We specialize in edible landscapes, Mediterranean-native plants, ponds and waterfalls, organic soil preparation and organic pest management. Check out the website


  • Driscoll

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    Internship

    Contact: Cathryn Scholfield, cathryn.scholfield@driscolls.com 

    Our Internship Program was created to act as a direct pipeline for future Driscoll’s employment. We aim to provide our interns with a comprehensive Driscoll’s experience by blending direct employee mentorship, job-shadowing, workshops and real-life projects. Our goal is for all of our interns to cultivate their skills with real-work experience, as well as to provide each with the opportunities for growth in our expanding fresh berry business.

    We offer intern roles in the following categories:

    • Plant Metabolism
    • Post Harvest
    • Supply Chain - Logistics 
    • Tissue Culture

    See our WEBSITE for more information!!

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    Plant Metabolics Intern

    Contact: Cathryn Schofield, cathryn.schofield@driscolls.com 

    This internship will offer the opportunity to gain experience in a research plant metabolomics lab focused on fruit quality. Experiences are possible in many aspects of plant metabolomics research including (but not limited to) project planning, method development, plant extractions, analytical chemistry, chromatography, mass spectrometry, and data analysis. Research will aid in plant genetics, breeding, and sensory projects for quality traits in berries.

     

    To Apply Visit Our Website 

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    Post Harvest Intern

    Contact: Cathryn Schofield, cathryn.schofield@driscolls.com 

    The intern will work within a team framework to advance the core purpose of the postharvest department to meet Driscoll’s entire postharvest needs focused on delighting our consumers. The primary focus of the internship will be developing assays and techniques to measure fruit quality. The person will accomplish this by assisting other team members with existing projects as well as support developing new project that fits with the intern’s interests and company needs.

    To Apply Visit Our Website 

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    Supply Chain - Logistics

    Contact: Cathryn Schofield, cathryn.schofield@driscolls.com

    Intern will support the daily operations of the Logistics team, engaging with carriers, distribution centers, along with multiple internal departments. Intern will also participate in or lead a project(s) with the team that will enhance the learning experience, as well as bring relevant support to the team.

    To Apply Visit Our Website 

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    Tissue Culture Intern

    Contact: Cathryn Schofield, cathryn.schofiel@driscolls.com 

    The Intern will have the opportunity to work in the tissue culture laboratory and the greenhouse department of the facility, to learn operational functions. Experience will be gained in tissue culture techniques, plant propagation methods, growing of commercial berry plants, clean stock techniques and processes, plant health practices, best management practices in lab and greenhouse. Hands on training in each area.

    To Apply Visit Our Website 


  • Everett Family Farm

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    Everett Family Farm

    Contact: Emily Parsons, eparsons@coa.edu (802)338-2034

    Welcome to Everett Family Farm! We appreciate your hard work and want to have clear policies so that everyone can understand each other and mutually benefit.

    Everett Family Farm is a 45 acre organic farm with approximately 5 acres in cultivation of  vegetables and the rest in apple and persimmon orchards. Jobs that the interns will be doing are diverse, ranging from greenhouse production, field crop planting, weeding and harvesting, to building and repairing farm infrastructure, working with chickens and goats and marketing. Interns are often called upon to do different and sometimes tedious jobs in all kinds of weather. Be prepared for hard physical labor. Efficient production is critical to the success of the farm. Job training will be done by Emily Parsons. There is no formal curriculum and interns will be expected to take control of their own education, using David and anyone else on the farm as a resource. We are cooperatively minded and strive for a harmonious workplace. For more information, please check out Everett Family Farm's website


  • Fairytale Farm

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    Fairytale Farm Internship

    Contact: Debora Wade, wishes@fairy-talefarm.com (831)706-7192

    Fairytale Farm is a small suburban farm on the West Side, with beehives, chickens, an old orchard we are reviving, and new garden crops. We need help grafting fruit from our old site onto the new orchard, planting new fruit trees, turning lawn into vegetables, and lots of bee care. We process what we grow, so you will learn fermentation techniques, dehydration, and help make medicines, balms, and teas.  We host classes on farming techniques, so there is an opportunity to learn and teach the public how to grow their own food and medicine.


  • Farm Discovery at Live Earth Farms

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    Internship

    Contact: Hayley Reitman, education@farmdiscovery.org

    Farm Discovery at Live Earth is a nonprofit organization working in the Pajaro Valley community to empower youth and families to build and sustain healthy food, farming, social and natural systems. Our home, Live Earth Farm, is a 150 acre patchwork of working organic farm, riparian corridor, oak and redwood forest in the Pajaro Valley of Santa Cruz County. Farm Discovery offers educational programs that inspire youth and families to transform their relationship to food, farming and nature. We are looking for interns that can help engage school aged children and lead them in our curriculum during farm experiences. During the Spring and Fall, we host a variety of educational programs approximately 3 times a week, with grades kindergarten-5th. Interns must be available in the morning. If interested in agroecology, field work is available in addition to becoming an educational farm docent.


  • FoCAN

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    Cultivating a Daily Revolution Internship

    Listing also found in the Campus tab. 

    Contact: focan@ucsc.edu 

    This internship is a student-based & facilitated program designed to engage, provide experience, and educate participating students in various topics pertaining to communities on and around our campus. This internship will strive to foster a student community that is aware of the importance of gender, economic, and social justice issues within our food and commodity chains. The 2-unit internship will be hosted by the Friends of the Community AgroEcology Network (FoCAN), an on-campus student organization that promotes campus and communal involvement in food awareness, social justice, fair trade, agroecological approaches, and more.


  • Food Chain Radio

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    Internship

    Listing also found in Public Policy tab

    Contact: Michael Olson, mo@ksco.com, (831)566-4209

    Food Chain Radio, for those who are interested in environmental journalism, is a nationally-syndicated newstalk program that brings the issues of agriculture, food and environment to the table for discussion.  Having broadcast over 750 shows, the Food Chain has established a dedicated audience of interested listeners throughout the world. For more information please visit the website.


  • Food Systems Working Group

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    Produce Pop-Up Internship

    Listing also found in Campus tab

    Contact: Margaret Bishop, mlbishop@ucsc.edu or Nancy Yang, nyyang@ucsc.edu

    The Food Systems Working Group, anchored within the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) is looking for two driven individuals to assist with our academic year organic Produce Pop-Up, which takes place once a week at the Quarry Plaza. In efforts to improve issues of food access and healthy food purchasing on campus, the Produce Pop-Up provides a space for students to purchase affordable produce sourced from the CASFS Farm and local Santa Cruz farmers’ markets.

    We are seeking applicants to work on outreach and collaboration efforts, budget and finance planning, and overall assistance in weekly preparation and operation of the Produce Pop-Up stand. Interns will gain valuable experience communicating with campus organizations, outreaching through social media and flyer design, and skills to maintain a reliable and functioning budget. 


  • Global Student Embassy Santa Cruz

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    GSE Internship

    Listing also found in Environmental Education tab

    Contact: Nick Coonrod, Nick@globalstudentembassy.org (831)346-8044

    Global Student Embassy works in three global communities engaging local students in year-round environmental action and cultural exchange programs. Reciprocal exchanges connect our students’ sustainable garden and reforestation projects run in Nicaragua, Ecuador and Northern California, while organic school gardens serve as our outdoor classrooms to develop students’ environmental project management skills.


  • Groundswell Farm

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    Groundswell Farm

    Contact: James Cook, jcookster999@hotmail.com (415)613-6975 

    Groundswell Farm cultivates 5 organic acres a stones throw from UCSC and sells produce at the Wednesday Santa Cruz Farmers Market as well as other markets throughout the Bay Area. Groundswell Farm is a tiny production focused farm specializing in amazing tomatoes as well as a multitude of peppers and other seasonal produce. Interns will be expected to help grow food. The assignments include planting, weeding, fertilizing, as well as toher various maintenance tasks around the farm. Our systems are established and efficient, this a great opportunity to experience and learn how a small farm can succeed. Learn more about Groundswell Farm


  • Homeless Garden Project

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    Homeless Garden Project

    Contact: Justin Wirght, JustinW@homelessgardenproject.org               

    The Homeless Garden Project provides job training on a 2.5 acre organic farm and its enterprises, to homeless individuals in the Santa Cruz area.  We run a 60 member CSA (May through October) and have a retail store near downtown.  Interns are encouraged to set their own goals and create a project that will leave a lasting impression on the organization, with unlimited access to the knowledge of the farm workers and agency staff as well as other agencies we work closely with.  Tasks can include, but are not limited to: everyday farm maintenance activities – bed clearing, planting out, greenhouse propagation, irrigation, etc.; planning and teaching a workshop to crew and public participants; fundraising/grant writing; administrative assistance; cooking. For more information, please visit the Homeless Garden Project website

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    CSA Store Internship

    Contact: Justin Wright, JustinW@homelessgardenproject.org

    We are seeking an enthusiastic and hard-working intern who will coordinate our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program in the Spring and Summer and support the operation of our value-added enterprise in the Fall and Winter seasons. This is a unique internship position that offers in-depth experience in a wide range of HGP’s programs and activities, providing an opportunity to strengthen diverse set of professional skills while developing meaningful relationships with staff, program participants and volunteers. 

    CSA members provide crucial support to HGP by committing to buying produce from HGP each week during the harvest season and paying in advance for the produce. Their commitment to sustainable agriculture and transitional jobs enhances HGP's planning and financial stability and creates a community of people who are deeply committed to HGP's success. In return, we seek to provide CSA members with quality and diverse organic produce, tips and recipes for using the produce and news and stories about the
    farm, trainees and our programs that enhance their community experience. This intern will act as the primary contact and form relationships with CSA members. The intern will also collaborate with staff to ensure the CSA is being considered in all aspects of the organization’s outreach, programming, etc.


  • Organic Farm Research

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    Agroecology Research Internship

    Also under Campus and Research

    Contact: Joji Muramoto, joji@ucsc.edu 

    The Shennan Lab is base at the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz We work closely with teh Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS). In the Shennan Lab research group, we study agricultural sustainability using participatory approaches in high input, capital-intensive vegetable/strawberry production in California. Sustainability issues in California include reliance on controversial toxic soil fumigants and issues releated to inefficient and overuse of inputs that result in on-point source pollution. Our work targets the development of alternatives to soil fumigants for soil-borne disease management, strategies for improved nutrients use and disease suppression in high-intensity organic strawberry/vegetable rotation systems and the potential for landscape diversification to enhance biological control of arthropod pests. Under supervision, interns will learn and experience scientifitic methods and research processes by working along with other undergraduate students for ongoing research projects. 

    For more information, visit our website 


  • PICA

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    Program in Community and Agroecology

    Listing also found in the Campus tab. 

    Contact: Damian Parr at dmparr@ucsc.edu 

    The Program in Community and Agroecology (PICA) is a educational and residential program focused on experiential learning, sustainability and food systems. All UCSC students are welcome to participate in the garden workdays and workshops offered. PICA residents have the opportunity to grow their own food together, share meals together, and explore ways to live more sustainably. PICA is located at the entrance to the Village at the UCSC campus, right across from the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS).


  • Pie Ranch

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    Agroecology Education Internship

    Listing also found in the Education tab

    Contact: 

    Pamela Nell, programs@pieranch.org

    Pie Ranch is an educational farm. We work to change our local and regional food system, to make it more just, by providing farmer training (we have 9 month, live-on, farm apprenticeship), Youth empowerment/education (we host day field trips with culinary and farm activities and tour (all-ages), week-long trips and summer paid internships with our partner high schools: Mission High, Oceana High, Pescadero Schools and Castlemont High). Offering spring, summer, and fall internships.


  • Rachel Carson College Garden

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    RCC Garden Internship

    Listing also found in the Campus tab.

    Contact: c8garden@ucsc.edu 

    The Rachel Carson College Garden, a program within the Food Systems Working Group, provides 2 and 5 unit internship opportunities centered around basic garden care and stewardship--from seed to fruit. This internship will also focus on the intersections of society, green spaces and food justice through engaging with CRSN 90 and other hands on experience. Interested students will need to complete a casual interview before participating. Looking for students to intern for 2 quarters to develop experience with multiple seasons. Paid student staff positions will be available for students who previously committed to 2 quarters at the garden.


  • Santa Cruz Farmer's Market

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    SCCFM Internship

    Contact: Nicole Zahm, education@santacruzfarmersmarket.org

    The Santa Cruz Community Farmers' Markets internship positions require 6 – 10 hours of work per week. The focus of these internships is to learn the basic mechanics of running farmers’ markets and to support SCCFM’s educational and community outreach projects. There are also opportunities for students with special interests and skills such as photography, research, graphic design, event planning, etc.

    Interns learn on the ground and with support from market managers and the Education and Events Coordinator. Work responsibilities include set-up and breakdown of farmers' markets and running the information table. The information table is the market hub for the CalFresh Program (EBT/foodstamps) and other food access programs. Interns also assist with the organization and production of The Foodshed Project (FSP) and other educational event series at the markets.

    Summer interns have the opportunity to work with teen staff - graduates of the youth empowerment program “Food What?!”. Spring and summer interns may also have the opportunity to support event planning and production for the Pop-Up Breakfast Series at the Westside and Scotts Valley markets between June and August.


  • Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard

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    Internship

    Contact: Cole Thomas, cole.mac.thomas@gmail.com

    Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard has been making hand-crafted wines since 1975. We source grapes from our estate vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains and a few other locations around the central coast and central valley. Many of our grapes are grown organically with minimal offsite inputs and minimal water usage. We are looking for 1 intern for the fall quarter who would be able to start the internship prior to beginning of the fall quarter (i.e. asap). This is because grape season also titled “Vintage,” or “Harvest Season,” is upon us and a vast majority of experiential learning/ work will begin mid-August.

    As a fall intern at Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, you will learn how grapes are crushed, destemmed and then fermented. You will learn how to inoculate grape ferments and learn how to manage the ferment as to produce the highest quality and quantity of wine. You will learn the chemical reactions occurring with yeast fermentation and why we utilize certain yeast and not others. You will learn how we manage barrel aging and Malolactic fermentation. You will learn how wine is moved from tanks to barrels and how we get it into its final bottled form. You will learn all of this by working side by side with the proprietor and winemaker, Jeff Emery and the assistant winemaker, Cole Thomas.


  • Stevenson Garden

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    Stevenson Garden Internship

    Listing also found in the Campus tab.

    Contact: Blake Redding, bredding@ucsc.edu, (831)459-2730

    The Stevenson Garden aims to create a safe space for all people to explore, grow, and learn as well as to educate our community about the role food systems play into sustainability, food justice, and nutrition. 

    The role of the intern will have two parts: 1. to assist the garden crew in general maintenance of the garden on a weekly basis: attend weekly workday hours, do independent garden shifts. 2. to independently facilitate a garden project that a) enhances the garden and b) educates community members on social justice and sustainability concepts; e.g. plant a strawberry bed & do a workshop on environmental justice issues in the strawberry industry.


  • Summer Meadows Farm

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    Summer Meadows Farm

    Contact: Lynn Selness, summermeadow7@yahoo.com  (831)786-8966    

    Website: click for link to website

    We are hand milking and are looking for someone to help with morning milking.  We have great respect for the goats and try to preserve the herd’s integrity whenever reasonably possible.  We sacrifice our earning ability by keeping the kids with their moms for the first 5 weeks and then, only separate at night and milk mornings and return the kids to their moms for each day.  We keep barns clean and in good repair.  We spread manure on orchards and gardens. 

    We are fencing wooded sections and working on installing irrigation in the pastures for rotating pastures.  We’re trying to incorporate some gray water dispersal in some of these.

    As soon as we have enough milk, we are starting the spring goat shares with customers, organizing the deliveries, some are through Live Earth Farm’s CSA.  Then we will be making the cheeses, yogurt and kefir, bottling milk and packing orders. 


  • Veggielution

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    Agroecology Internship

    Contact: Rosa Contreras at 

    rosac@veggielution.org 

    Farm Interns report directly to the Farm  Manager and work closely with staff and other volunteers to complete a wide variety of farm tasks including, but not limited to; bed preparation, seeding and transplanting, weeding, pruning, harvesting, greenhouse propagation, chicken care, composting, and irrigation systems maintenance. You will work in a collaborative, team environment as part of the farm crew, working alongside staff and volunteers to strengthen daily farm operations. You will select an area of focus within the farm operation (chicken coop, orchard, compost, greenhouse, and packing shed) and will be responsible for a project within that area.

    For more information, visit their website.