Farm Intern

Just Roots

346 Glenbrook Rd., Greenfield

Community Farm and Social Justice Non-Profit

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Overview

The mission of Just Roots is to increase access to healthy, local food by connecting people, land, resources and know-how. This mission is executed through the work of the Greenfield Community Farm. We provide a range of educational programming, manage a 55 plot community garden and grow food for farmers market and CSA members. Our anchor program is our Donor Supported CSA. Currently, we offer subsidized CSA shares to income qualifying households, offering $500-600 dollars of produce over 20 weeks for just $100 payable in $5 increments and with EBT for those who have it. Just Roots has several openings for interns to work on the Greenfield Community Farm for the 2015 growing season. There are four seasonal commitment options : •Full-season (March 30th – Nov 20th) •Spring (March 30th – May ) 10-15 hrs/wk •Summer (May – Sept 4th) 20 hrs/wk •Fall (Sept 8th – Nov 20th) 10-15 hrs/wk Specific start and end dates can be negotiated. Interns are expected to work a consistent weekly schedule and commit to at least 10 hours a week over 9 weeks. Preference during the Summer will be given to individuals willing to commit to the entire season. We are a small, diverse farm where we all do a little bit of everything. Interns can expect their time to be spent in the field and greenhouse seeding, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, caring for animals, etc. During our CSA and farmers market season, interns will have rotational responsibilities at these marketing outlets. Specific responsibilities will vary depending on season. Just Roots manages several unique programs that interns can plug into, whether your area of interest is marketing, writing, research, medicinal herbs, conservation, farm to school, nutrition and cooking—the list goes on. Farm management will work with interns to craft an individualized educational experience. Education will be primarily field-based but will also include some reading. Interns will receive free vegetables, hands-on experience, mentorship, and access to all Just Roots workshops and intensives.

Start date

March 30, 2015

End date

Nov 20th, 2015

Intern responsibilities

- Field work including seeding and plant maintenance in the green house
- Transplanting, weeding, harvest, washing, and packing of fruits and vegetables for farmers market and CSA
- Caring for farm animals
- Rotational shifts at farmers market and CSA distribution

Required intern qualifications

- Positive attitude
- Be prepared to work outside in a variety weather conditions
- Good communication skills
- Interest in sustainable agriculture and food/social justice
- Able to work productively alone and with a team

Desired outcomes of internship

Interns will come away from a Just Roots farm internship with a greater understanding of how food is produced and marketed on a small, diverse New England farm and will have gained experience that will prepare them for an entry level position on a farm.

Compensation: credits for internship grand subsidized